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:
It’s rare to have a serious side eﬀect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side eﬀects.
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.
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 fever or pain. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you aren’t sure what medicine or dosage 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 have been told to do this, call your doctor even if you think the fever is from the vaccine.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: December 28, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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