The push for the vaccine has come to a head, and many people are losing their jobs over it.
Side effects are a huge worry for many, and many side effects are common and go away after a few days.
The CDC says there have been no reported long term side effects as the monitoring continues.
Here are all the possible side effects for those that are worried about getting the COVID vaccine:
Redness, pain, and swelling are common at the site of injection.
It’s also common to experience headaches, tiredness, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.
A fever and body aches can show that the body is building immunity against COVID.
Over the counter medicines can help relieve these symptoms.
A cool cloth for pain and discomfort can help as well as drinking fluids for a fever.
Some report stronger side effects after the second dose.
The more serious side effects are rare, and the CDC makes it clear the benefits outweigh the risks.
One rare event reported was Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune neurological disorder causing weakness and paralysis in muscles and limbs.
Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) has also been reported as a rare symptom, which causes blood clots and low platelet levels.
For Moderna, the shot has been administered to over 12 million individuals with 100 reports of Guillain-Barré and one death. Symptoms start with weakness and tingling before rapidly spreading.
For TTS, there have been 38 cases reported within 15 days of the individuals getting the vaccine. Four of these resulted in death. Symptoms appear between 4 and 30 days after vaccination and manifest as headaches that persist, visual changes, abdominal pain, chest pain, leg pain, coldness in limbs and acute bruising or bleeding.
To compare numbers, for every one million doses of Moderna men between 50 and 64 receive, the 1,800 hospitalizations and 140 deaths from COVID could have been prevented compared to the 14-17 Guilian-Barré cases and 1-2 TTS cases that could be prevented from not being vaccinated.
The Pfizer vaccine has reported cases of myocarditis after the second dose, mostly in men, several days following the vaccination.
Of the 141 million people who have had the vaccine, 497 cases of myocarditis were reported with no deaths.
Side effects include shortness of breath, chest pain, and feelings of a fast or fluttering heart.
The flu vaccine is safe to get with the COVID vaccine.
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