What side effects can you expect from the COVID-19 vaccine?


The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine could be distributed within the next few weeks in the United States, with the FDA set to discuss Pfizer’s emergency use authorization on December 10 and Moderna’s the following week.

With mass vaccination against the novel virus quickly becoming a reality instead of a hypothetical scenario, some are now asking what side effects they can expect when they get the coronavirus vaccine.

According to Prevention, people may experience several side effects from the coronavirus vaccine including fever, fatigue, pain or redness at the injection site, headache, joint pain, and muscle aches for around a day.

Patricia Stinchfield of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, representing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners at a November meeting of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said “these are immune responses, so if you feel something after vaccination, you should expect to feel that. And when you do, it's normal that you have some arm soreness or some fatigue or some body aches or even some fever.”