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How the Covid-19 Vaccine Feels, the Side Effects and What to Know about the Second Shot Schedule

Covid-19 vaccines are officially rolling out throughout the country. Although right now focus is on essential workers, the federal government is working on increasing the doses so, every American can easily access it by July. But before you get yours, it pays to know more about the shot. We explore what it feels like, the side effects, and how the second shot schedule works.

How the Covid-19 Vaccine Feels Like

The actual process of getting the Covid-19 vaccine feels the same way as any other vaccination process. A spot on your arm will be sterilized and after that you get a shot. However, note, Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are categorized as reactogenic. 

That means although they’re both mRNA-based, these vaccines trigger strong immune responses, spurring uncomfortable fevers, painful headaches and even chills. In other words, the process of getting a Covid-19 shot will feel a lot similar to that of getting other shots, but it feels rather unpleasant afterwards. 

Side Effects of the First Covid-19 Vaccine Shot 

As a reactogenic vaccine, the first Covid-19 vaccine shot does come with side effects. These side effects should not worry you much because they are a sign that the vaccine is actually efficient in triggering an immune response to the virus. They include:

  • Pain and swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills 

According to the CDC, these side effects are nothing to worry about as they’ll go away in a day or two. Besides, severe side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare, and also treatable.

To reduce pain and swelling where you got injected, the CDC recommends holding a clean, wet washcloth over the area, and while at it, try to exercise the arm. 

 However, if pain and swelling increases or persists for more than 24 hours, or if your side effects are extremely worrying, it’s advisable you consult your doctor.

How the Second Shot Schedule Works

You are not fully vaccinated until you get the second booster shot of Covid-19. After you get the first shot, you will receive a vaccination printout with details on everything about the shot and where you got it. You will also receive Covid-19 fact sheet with details on the second shot. 

Generally, both vaccines had a clinical trial of about three to four weeks. That means you should schedule your second shot within the same period. For Moderna vaccines, the second shot is administered on day 28 after the first shot, while the second dose of Pfizer vaccines is given at day 28. 

Both shots have similar side effects, but they may be more pronounced after the second shot. So, consider scheduling your second booster Covid-19 shot around days when you won’t be busy, so you can have an easier time recovering.

Even after you get both of your Covid-19 shots, remember the novel coronavirus is very much present, and keep observing Covid-19 safety measures both at home and work. Be sure to check out our portfolio to see how our reopening tools make it easier for you to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the workplace or contact us for more details.

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