Many people have no side eﬀects from the
COVID-19 vaccine. If you do have side eﬀects, they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side eﬀects may include:
Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side eﬀects. It’s rare to have a serious side eﬀect.
If you have side eﬀects that are the same as
COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home and away from others (isolate), even if you think the side effects are from the vaccine.
If you only have redness, swelling, or soreness where you had the needle, you don’t need to stay home and away from others.
To help with soreness and swelling:
If you have a fever, wear fewer layers of clothes and drink more fluids.
There is medicine to help with a fever or pain. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you aren’t sure what medicine or dose to take. Follow the directions on the package.
Children under the age of 18 years should not take aspirin because it can cause serious health problems.
Some people with health problems, such as a weak immune system, must call their doctor if they get a fever. If you were told to do this, call your doctor even if you think the fever is from the vaccine.
Yes, it’s still important to practice recommended public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, even if you’ve had the vaccine. This includes:
Visit ahs.ca/covid for more information, including information about isolation and quarantine.
Call Health Link at 811.
Go to the
immunizations page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca.
To get an electronic copy of the immunizations you’ve had in Alberta, register for a MyHealth Records account at MyHealth.Alberta.ca/myhealthrecords.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: March 30, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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