It has been scientifically proven that vaccines and vaccine ingredients do not cause or exacerbate autism or other developmental disabilities. There is no scientific or clinical evidence demonstrating that the COVID-19 vaccine will cause serious side effects. Some people may experience some discomfort in the days following their immunization. These discomforts can be an indication the body’s immune system is working with the vaccine to develop antibodies. These discomforts should only last a few days and may include:
- Pain or redness where the shot was given
- Soreness in the arm where the shot was given
If you believe you may be experiencing an adverse reaction to the vaccine, you should contact your medical provider and report it via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Reports can be entered here: https://vaers.hhs.gov/esub/index.jsp. Anyone who has received the vaccine is encouraged to participate in v-safe, an after-vaccination health checker that works on your smartphone.