Everything You Need To Know About the Side Effects Provoked by the COVID-19 Vaccines

FAQ about the vaccines and side effects provoked from their administration

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The vaccines against Covid-19 has been welcomed by mixed feeling from the public, not only due to historical records of other vaccines that have been rushed but also due to misinformation. A big problem that we still face in this pandemic is a lot of false information being published online and to the fear of the public they fall for most of it.

Commons Side effects

Some records need to be straightened in regards to secondary effects that are caused by vaccines in general and not just the Covid-19 vaccines. Many people who have received either the Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Moderna vaccines have presented some sort of secondary effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Fever (38 degrees celsius or even above)
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle ache
  • Swelling around the injected region

Such side effects are normal after having done a vaccine of any kind. However, as all of us have a unique organism, it is impossible to optimize the vaccine for everyone, that is why there will be a small percentage of people that will suffer from more complicated side effects and the cruel reality that a very small number will die due to other existing health problems.

Rare side effects

Some of the rarer side effects that have been noticed around the world and recorded by different health organizations and institutions have presented to occur in at least 1 in 1,000 people that have been administrated the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • Itchiness in the are vaccinated
  • Swelling of the lymph glands
  • Sleeplessness
  • Bell’s palsy (temporary facial paralysis)

There are many questions that have arisen when it comes to the possible side effects of this vaccine or the risks that are brought for those that have other health issues. That is why I will try to answer the most frequently asked questions about side effects and the risks that are involved.

Is Anaphylaxis a commons side effect?

Any sort of injection done no matter if it’s just to combat a cold or a vaccine can cause infections as you are piercing the skin which allows for foreign bacteria to enter the small incision made. All nurses that are to vaccinate the public have been professionally trained to disinfect the area of injection before and after the vaccine has been administrated.

However, despite all this as well as all precautions are taken, some people can develop intense swelling which can end up in an allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis. The official number of patients that have had an anaphylaxis reaction after being immunized have not been published, however, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have stated that no patient had died from anaphylaxis which is a possibility.

Many people have not been vaccinated nor injected with anything before, so without an in-depth analysis, it is difficult to say if you will have such an allergic reaction. From what I have read so far in the worldwide process of immunization, this isn’t a common side effect, but quite a rare one.

The CDC recorded on the 6th of January 2021, twentyone cases of anaphylaxis caused by Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine. Of these 21 people, 17 of them had a long history of allergic reactions from different types of medications.

How long can side effects last?

If you are suffering from the common side effects mentioned at the beginning of the article, you are looking at around 2 weeks. If these side effects still persist, you should get in touch with a doctor as soon as possible. From all the data recorded by the CDC, most people that have gone through the process of immunization only showed side effects for an average of 4 days. Again, the strength or impact of the side effects depends from organism to organism.

In case you develop rarer side effects like the ones mentioned above, these have been recorded to last the same period of time as the normal ones, however, not enough data has been gathered yet. Experts say that these rarer side effects could even last up to a whole month or even more. The best thing to do if these last over 2 weeks get in touch with your medic as soon as possible.

This isn’t only for your health, but to offer valuable information about these rarer side effects which can help others in the process.

What if I develop a new side effect?

The immunization process is still in its early days around the world, therefore experts are still expecting to see new side effects as things go along. Any sort of side effect you experience after being administrated one of the vaccines, make a note as detailed as possible and report the side effect to your national health institution or directly to the CDC.

Any medical institution should try to respond as soon as possible on advice in case this new side effect seems serious. If this side effect developed into further complications, you are to call an ambulance and have your medical records ready. I am only saying this because you can also experience health problems after the vaccination that may not be provoked by the vaccine and your medical records should set things straight.

Should I have the vaccine even if I tested positive?

This is where some people get confused, so let me set the records straight. So, if you had the virus and recently tested negative you can do the test. If you have recently tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, you have to wait at least 4 weeks from your last test and get tested once again. If the second test comes out negative you may have the vaccine.

If the second test happens to still be positive, you will sadly have to wait another 4 weeks to get another test that will hopefully be positive. Having the vaccine done whilst being positive won’t allow the vaccine to function and immunize you, besides that there can also be some health complications so please make sure that you are negative before getting vaccinated.

Can I develop side effects even after months of taking the vaccine?

As mentioned before, we are still in the early stages of this worldwide immunization program, therefore new information can occur from the first people to be immunized. To answer the question, there is a possibility that you will develop further side effects from the vaccines later on. To find more information about this or to keep updated, the most reliable place is the CDC website.

When do I need to receive my second dose of vaccine?

It does not matter which of the three vaccines you are going to do, all of them will have to be done in two doses in order to work. You are expected to have the second dose 12 weeks after the first one. Most countries have their citizens being called by their local GP or family medic to let them know when they are scheduled to have each vaccine, although this might differ in some countries.

The CDC has announced that there will be a delay in most countries with the second dose as the vaccine production is slowing down due to the pandemic itself and other various external factors that influence this process. It’s ok if you receive the second dose after 12 weeks or even after 14 weeks from the first dose, although there is a possibility that the vaccine won’t be as efficient as prescribed to be if not deliver in around 12 weeks from the first dose. So try to not miss your second dose.

Will I develop side-effects on my second dose?

Experts have advised that it is less likely to suffer from side effects on the second dose, especially if you have already encountered side effects on the first dose. This does not mean that side effects can’t happen. There is a possibility that you will develop new side effects, different from the ones that manifested from the first dose. In case any of this happens, follow the instructions mentioned above.

If you feel that I have missed some questions or have other specific questions, please leave a comment and I shall respond as well as add the question to the list.

I am planning to follow any new developing side effects that are being recorded and published by either the CDC or NHS so if you won't be kept up to date you can follow me.

There is still a big percentage of people that are doubting the vaccine for various reasons, I have a detailed article about that in the making which should justify the doubtfulness of some in this vaccine.

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