Before a vaccine is taken out to the community, there is a lot of research put into it. More research is done even when the vaccine is in use to ensure that there are no surprises that were missed out before, and since people have different reactions due to their body types. This is to ensure that it’s safe for people and will cause more good than harm. From the past, all vaccines have been known to have effects, be it mild, short-term, or even long-term. Like any other vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines can cause a person to have and suffer from these effects. For covid19, there have been known to be mild and short-term side effects. There is no record of any long-term effects. The most common effects are fever which is not so severe and pain in the injected area which may turn red or have a lump. These side effects have been seen to appear for a few days after getting the vaccine, and later they disappear on their own. (Saeed, B. Q., at el 2021)
There are other effects apart from pain on the hand and fever. These are effects such as fatigue where a person will have no energy to complete their daily chores. Headaches are also experienced as much as they may come and go. Others have complained to experience diarrhea and other stomach-related problems. This is mainly a day after receiving the vaccine and will disappear after a day or two. In addition, people have complained of muscle pain. It’s not very common but cannot be ruled off.
Some people advise taking painkillers to attack these effects. Due to differences in body types this can work for some and fail for others. Since there are no advised ways to deal with the effects it’s safer to consult a medical practitioner in case the effects get worse. (Saeed, B. Q., at el 2021)
Saeed, B. Q., Al-Shahrabi, R., Alhaj, S. S., Alkokhardi, Z. M., & Adrees, A. O. (2021). Side effects and perceptions following Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccination. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 111, 219-226.