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Managing Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine.

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Common side effects:

On the arm where you got the shot:

· Pain

· Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

· Fever

· Tiredness

· Chills Headache

Helpful tips

If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

To reduce discomfort from fever:

· Dress lightly

· Drink plenty of fluids.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:

· Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.

· Use or exercise your arm.

When to call the doctor

In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Call the Nyaho COVID Doctor/Hotline on 0209404046:

a. If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours

b. If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.


1. Side effects may feel like flu and even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

2. With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need 2 shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.

3. It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.

4. It’s important for everyone to continue adhering to all COVID-19 preventive measures and protocols even after taking the vaccine… Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 2metres away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

NB: Please click on this link to download the Free PDF version of this information.

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