COVID-19 vaccination helps you to protect from COVID-19 Virus. You may have some side effects, which are normal, Because your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Common Side Effects

On the Arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain

Tips to Relieve Side Effects

For taking over the counter medicine, first concern with your doctor then take some medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or antihistamines. It is not recommended taking these medicines before vaccination.

To reduce pain and discomfort

  • Apply a clean & wet washcloth over the area where you got the shot
  • Use or exercise your arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear Light Dress

If You Received a Second Shot

After your first shot, Side effects of second shot may have more intense. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection.


  • Side effects may affect your daily activities, but it get cured in a few days.
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines both need 2 shots in order to get the most protection. You should get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.
  • In the case of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine, you need only one shot to get the most protection.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.