According to MyHealthAlberta.ca, side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine may include:
- redness, warmth, swelling, bruising, itching, or feeling sore where you had the needle
- fever or chills
- feeling tired or unwell
- body aches or sore joints
- nausea, vomiting, or loose stool
- swollen lymph nodes
Many people have no side effects or only mild side effects after being vaccinated.
To report serious or unusual side effects, call Health Link at 811.
If you only have redness, swelling, or soreness where you had the needle, do the following to feel better:
- Put a cool, wet cloth over the area where you had the needle.
- Move the arm or leg where you had the needle.
If you have any of the following symptoms, get medical help right away:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- leg swelling
- stomach pain that doesn’t go away
- a severe headache that doesn’t go away
- blurry vision
- bruising (other than where you had the needle)
- red or purple spots anywhere on your body
- bleeding (more easily than normal)
If you have side effects that are the same as COVID-19 symptoms
- 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.
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