Some of the side effects of the vaccine are similar to symptoms of COVID-19. The vaccine will NOT cause or give you COVID-19.
Symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, cough or problems breathing are NOT side effects of the vaccine.
If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.
If you are worried about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
Serious side effects after getting the vaccine are rare.
Seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 right away if you develop any serious side effects or a severe allergic reaction including:
- Swelling of the face, tongue or throat
- Difficulty breathing
Let them know that you received the COVID-19 vaccine so that they can report this to local public health if they suspect your symptoms were related to the vaccine.
Learn more from the Vaccination Aftercare handout for mRNA vaccines.