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You may be getting the COVID-19 vaccine for the first time. Here are the side effects you might experience

Reminder — the COVID-19 vaccine might come with side effects

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Elsie Crowell picks out a piece of candy before getting her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Elsie Crowell, 12, picks out a piece of candy before getting her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Estefania Cruz, left, at the Central Davis Senior Activity Center in Kaysville on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

COVID-19 vaccinations are on the rise again as the delta variant continues to rage throughout the United States, The Washington Post reports.

  •  The seven-day average for people becoming fully vaccinated recently hit 441,000, the highest number in more than a month, according to The Washington Post.
  • “Since the week of July 5, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who are getting vaccinated in the U.S.,” Cyrus Shahpar, White House COVID-19 data director, told The Washington Post.

Side effects of COVID-19 vaccines

So you might be getting the vaccine for the first time. What side effects should you expect?

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Pain on the arm.
  • Redness or a red spot on your arm.
  • Swelling where you got your shot.
  • Tiredness.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Chills.
  • Fever.
  • Nausea.

Does one vaccine create more side effects than others?

It’s unclear, However, one study suggested that people who got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine said they had more vaccine side effects than those who got the Pfizer vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Should you worry about side effects?

Dr. Esther Freedom, director of global health dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, told USA Today that the vaccine side effects are not 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,” he said.
  • “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.”

What if you don’t get side effects?

Some people might not experience any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Experts told NPR this is nothing to worry about.

  • “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.