As the Covid-19 vaccination program started off, there have been many concerns around the vaccine, especially on its possible side effects. If you have just received your dose and are experiencing some symptoms, don’t freak out! Side effects are normal and they are a sign that your immune system is doing its job!
Common side effects of the vaccine include:
Sore muscles or joints
Swelling & pain on injection site
Generally, side effects don't last long and don't necessarily happen to everyone. You may be wondering, why are some people having milder symptoms than others, and some do not even experience any? This is because our bodies' defense systems respond differently to the vaccine, due to factors such as age, gender, and genetics.
If the side effects are bothering you, here’s how you can relieve them:
Take pain medication
Consider taking a simple painkiller (eg. paracetamol or ibuprofen), but it is recommended for you to seek a doctor’s advice before taking them. If the side effects do not go away for more than a few days, consult your doctor as well.
Use cold pack
A cold pack can relieve the pain and swell on your injected arm. Alternatively, placing a clean wet cloth works too.
Drinking plenty of fluids helps you minimize the discomfort resulting from fever. As a general rule, we should have at least 8 glasses of water a day. Always keep a bottle by your side to remind yourself so you can stay well hydrated!
Get enough sleep
Having sufficient rest is important when you're feeling unwell to not stress your body out too much. Get a good quality sleep for your better physical and mental health!
Eat nutritious food
A poor diet can depress our immune systems. Make sure you're taking care of your immune health by supplying enough micronutrients to your body! Superfoods are known to offer many health benefits because of their high levels of desirable nutrients. Check out our Organic Moringa Leaf Powder and Ginger powder for an immune boost. They can be added to your beverages, and are ideal for upgrading your everyday cooking!
Other than the mild symptoms mentioned earlier, rare side effects - Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) and blood clotting problem, do exist. The symptoms of Anaphylaxis usually occur in the first 30 minutes, which is why it is important for you to stay at the vaccination site for some time to see if there is an anaphylactic reaction. However, these side effects are EXTREMELY RARE - according to the Australian Government Department of Health, only 4 to 6 people in a million (less than 0.0006%) may develop a blood clot. Overall, note that most side effects are not serious, and the benefits of vaccination still outweigh the risks.
Finally, congratulations on getting vaccinated! To those who haven't, hopefully, you will get yours very soon!
Written By: Yong Ke Tian
BSc Hons Nutrition
University of Nottingham Malaysia
Reviewed By: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA