What are the most common side effects of COVID-19 vaccination?
Our bodies' immune system produce a variety of mild symptoms when introduced to a vaccine. It's a sign our body is producing antibodies to fight the virus. These symptoms are often extremely mild and can include: Sore arm, swollen lymph nodes, chills or fever fatigue, body aches, or feeling run down, joint pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms normally resolve within 1-2 days [1,2,3,4].
Will I miss work because of my side effects?
Everyone is affected differently.While there are a set of common side effects, some individuals can be hit harder than others.The vaccine does not introduce the COVID-19 virus into your body, so you are not infectious even if you feel sick. Your employer should accommodate you during this short period of time.Be proactive; being infected with COVID-19 could result in at least 10 days of isolation.
Even with the vaccine, I can still get COVID, so what’s the point?
No vaccine is 100% effective, but this does not mean you are not protected.Clinical trials showed that new mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are 90%+ effective at preventing symptomatic infection . Breakthrough infections are to be expected and many of these breakthrough cases are from variants like Delta.The small minority of people who become infected with COVID-10 after vaccination and develop symptoms are infectious for a smaller duration of time and have lower viral levels in their bodies, reducing transmission, while also reducing risk of hospitalization and death [6,7].Vaccines provide the necessary protection for both your own personal health, but also reduces the community transmission that allows for the virus to mutate and the pandemic to continue.