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3 common COVID-19 vaccine side effects to prepare for

The COVID-19 vaccine might include some side effects. Here are 3 common ones

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Vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Utah.

Vials containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are pictured at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Dr. Amanda Cohn, a member of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, recently said there are three common side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine people should remember.

  • The side effects include “pain, potentially fatigue, and a low-grade fever,” Cohn said.
  • The side effects are “expected and should resolve after one or two days,” she added.
  • Cohen also said these side effects are “not COVID. It’s your body building an immune response to the protein that is mimicking the disease.” 

The CDC similarly warned the vaccine “will help protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. Some people may have mild side effects after vaccination, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against the disease.”

Other potential side effects

Multiple people across the United States said they got a rash on their arms after getting the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to CBS Minnesota. That symptom has now been called “COVID arm.”

  • “I’ve had lots of people call me about the site of the injection, and sometimes it extends pretty far up and down the arm as well,” Dr. John Swartzberg, an expert on infectious disease at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, told KOMO News.

Dr. George Morris told CBS Minnesota that “COVID arm” isn’t anything to worry about.

  • “We’ve seen reactions like this even with other vaccines,” he said. “We know, when you get a flu vaccine, many people will have a local reaction in their arm. Tetanus vaccines. Shingles vaccines.”

Meanwhile, at least 36 people reported a rare blood disorder after receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to The New York Times. “It is not known whether this blood disorder is related to the COVID vaccines,” according to The New York Times.

  • According to Fox News, there were no cases of the blood disorder reported during the COVID-19 vaccine trials from Moderna and Pfizer.