What to do after getting the vaccine shot
After getting your vaccine shot, the doctor will ask you to stay in the facility for at least 30 minutes. This is to check if you’ll develop immediate and untoward reactions (usually due to allergy).
Should the possible side-effects of the COVID vaccine occur once you’re at home, you can do the following:
- Apply a cool, wet cloth to the injection site to reduce pain and discomfort.
- Use or exercise the arm where you got the injection.
- For fever and the general feeling of being unwell, take plenty of fluids and be sure to have adequate rest.
It’s hard to determine the severity of the possible side-effects of the COVID vaccine for each person. If the effects are making you uncomfortable, you can talk to your doctor about taking medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Please do not take these medications before getting the vaccine, as we still do not know how they will affect the vaccine performance.
When to seek medical help
While we expect many of the possible side-effects of the COVID vaccine, it’s still crucial to know when you should call your doctor.
Contact your physician if:
- The redness, swelling, and tenderness on the injection site worsen after 24 hours.
- The side-effects don’t go away after a couple of days. Case in point: the vaccine-related fever usually occurs within 48 hours after the shot, but it also usually disappears within 2 days. A swollen lymph node, on the other hand, may last longer.
- There are signs of a delayed allergic reaction such as swelling over the eyelids, shortness of breath, change in voice, rashes
- Persistent headache
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Pain or swelling over the legs
If, at any point, you start to worry about the possible side-effects of the COVID vaccine, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.
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