The novel coronavirus vaccine has been out for a few months now, and there have been consistent reports of people suffering side effects. But what happens if you don’t feel any side effects?
COVID-19 side effects, explained
Research has shown the people who get the COVID-19 vaccine suffer from side effects, all of which aren’t dangerous and most of which are short-lived, as I explained for the Deseret News.
Dr. Esther Freedom, told USA Today that none of the vaccine side effects are life-threatening.
- “People can get full-body rashes, and that can be surprising and a little scary, but these patients did extremely well, recovered and were able to go back and get their second dose,” Freeman, director of global health dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, told USA Today.
- “For people whose rashes started four or more hours after getting the vaccine, zero percent of them went on to get anaphylaxis or any other serious reaction,” she said. “Zero is a nice number.”
There have been reports of some vaccines causing more side effects than others. For example, one study said those who got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine said they had more side effects than those who got other vaccines, like the one from Pfizer.
What if you don’t suffer side effects from the vaccine?
According to NPR, experts said there is nothing to worry about if you don’t feel any symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine.
- “While the symptoms show your immune system is responding to the vaccine in a way that will protect against disease, evidence from clinical trials showed that people with few or no symptoms were also protected. Don’t feel bad if you don’t feel bad, the experts say,” NPR reports.
Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told NPR that the hunt for vaccine side effects is actually a little surprising, too.
- “This is the first vaccine in history where anyone has ever complained about not having symptoms,” Offit told NPR.
Experts confirmed to NPR that the lack of side effects doesn’t mean you’re less protected. Don’t worry about the lack of side effects, the experts said. The vaccine will work as intended.