Some people may have some discomfort in the days following their vaccination (shot). This is common and can be a sign that the body’s immune system is working with the vaccine (shot) to develop antibodies (protective proteins). 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
This does not mean the vaccine (shot) recipient has COVID- 19. There is no live virus in the vaccine. If you develop a cough, sore throat or runny nose, current monitoring and testing guidelines for COVID-19 should continue to be followed. If your symptoms are life-threatening, go to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.
Anyone who may be experiencing a bad reaction should contact their healthcare provider and report it via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Make a report here: https://vaers.hhs.gov/esub/index.jsp.