What after you get your COVID-19 vaccination?

By April 9, 2021April 26th, 2021No Comments
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Everywhere around the world, people are getting themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. The risk of severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults above 60 years are one of the first groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines. 

In India, individuals above 45 years of age are eligible for the vaccination process and soon it will be made available to all age groups as well. As we know, even after vaccination, some certain things and activities remain off-limit, which may sound disappointing, but no need to worry. Take a look at the do’s, don’ts, and possible side effects after you get yourself vaccinated. 

 

What to do after getting vaccinated?

Dr. Tushar Rane, internal medicine specialist, Apollo Spectra Hospital Mumbai said in a newspaper article, “Wait for 30 minutes in the waiting room after taking the shot. After being vaccinated, one still needs to follow the COVID-19 precautionary measures like wearing a mask, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene. Proper care needs to be taken especially in elderly and people with comorbidities like diabetes, asthma, cancer or any other immunodeficient state.” 

What are the possible side effects?

On the arm where you got shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Helpful tips:

  • Talk to your doctor about taking medication like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, etc. for any pain or discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated.
  • It is not recommended to take these medications before vaccination for the prevention of side effects.

Self-care tips:

  • To reduce the pain where you got shot, apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area. The use of ice packs can also be done. Exercise your arm.
  • To reduce the discomfort from fever drink plenty of water and fluids like vegetable soups, fruit juices, etc.

According to WHO, “Most reactions to vaccines can cause mild side-effects and go away within a few days on their own. More serious or long-lasting effects to vaccines are possible but extremely rare. A severe allergic infection such as Anaphylaxis is a potential, but again rare side effect to the vaccine.”

WHO recommends that healthcare providers access patients’ medical history to determine if he/she is at risk of allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to all age groups.

If you received a second shot:

Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days. Older adults need to take rest as much as possible and take the medications on time as prescribed by the doctor. You are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks from your second dose of vaccine.

When to call a doctor?

Contact your doctor or health care provider:

  • If redness or the swelling where you got shot worsens after 24 hours.
  • If your side effects are worrying you and don’t seem to be going away after a few days.

We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. Even after being fully vaccinated, it is advised to keep taking precautions in public places like before.

Also Read: Why are older people more vulnerable to COVID-19?

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