Common Side Effects

Like all medicines, you might experience some mild side effects 1—2 days after getting your vaccination. This is common, and a sign that your body is learning to fight the virus. Most side effects do not last long, and will not stop you from having a second dose or going about your daily life. Some side effects may temporarily affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

The most common reported reactions are:

  • pain or swelling at the injection site
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • redness at the injection site
  • nausea.

Some side effects are more common after the second dose. If you feel uncomfortable you can place a cold, wet cloth or ice pack on the injection site for a short time, rest and drink plenty of fluids or take paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Shannon – maybe explain the reactions everyone in our team had including Michelle with MS who checked about her MS medication. Advice was to have it. Had a reaction that took a couple of weeks to come right but definitely the best thing to do.

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