Youth are expected to experience similar side effects as adults, though may experience some of them more often, like headache, chills and fever. The Vaccination Aftercare handout provides more information about common side effects and how to manage them.
Symptoms such as hives, swelling of the face, tongue or throat or difficulty breathing are signs of a severe allergic reaction and you should seek medical attention or call 9-1-1 right away. Severe allergic reactions are rare and respond well to treatment.
The rare but serious blood clotting events associated with the viral vector-based COVID-19 vaccines (including AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD and Janssen) do not occur with the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).
Young people will need to continue to follow public health recommendations after they are vaccinated, like respecting personal space, wearing a mask, and cleaning their hands.