You may experience side effects for one or two days after you receive the vaccine. Side effects are typically mild or moderate. These include:
- Pain or swelling in the arm, where the vaccine was given.
- Tiredness, headache, fever, chills, soreness or nausea and vomiting.
It is not unusual to experience some side effects, and some of them are a sign that your body is reacting to the injection and your immune system is building a response.
These side effects should go away on their own but you can take medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen if you wish to relieve some of them.
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. However, if you were exposed to the virus before you got your vaccine, you may not realize you have COVID-19 until after you are vaccinated.
Health care workers who develop symptoms after vaccination, other than local injection site reactions, should use the
BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
. This will let you know if you need to stay home and get tested for COVID-19.
Serious side effects after getting the vaccine are rare. If you develop any serious symptoms or symptoms that could be an allergic reaction, seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 right away.
Tell your health care provider 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
Vaccine After Care handout