FAQs on how to manage common COVID-19 side effects

Published April 15, 2021, 2:42 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Know how to manage coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine side effects.

Read this Frequently Asked Questions on how to manage common COVID-19 side effects released by the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, April 15.

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

1. What should I do if I’m experiencing side effects after getting vaccinated?

Report any of the side effects you experience to your local government unit (LGU) or local vaccination site hotline. Common side effects include:

– Tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching or swelling on the arm where you got the injection

– Generally feeling of being unwell

– Feeling tired (fatigue)

– Chills or feeling feverish

– Headache

– Joint pain or muscle ache

These are signs that your body is building up the immune response from the vaccine. These symptoms usually resolve in one to three days.

2. Is it normal to experience these side effects after getting vaccinated?

Yes. These are signs that your body is building up the immune response from the vaccine.

These symptoms usually resolve in one to three days.

3. What should I do to lessen the pain at the injection site?

Apply cold compress: clean, cool, wet washcloth over the injection area Exercise and gently move your affected arm

4. I am experiencing fever and pain at the injection site after vaccination. What should I do?

-Drink fluids

-Take some rest

-Eat healthy, balanced meals

-Take Paracetamol as advised by your Health Care Worker

5. What should I do if the side effects worsen or do not go away in three days?

Consult with your doctor or call your LGU/vaccination site hotline or nearest health facility.

6. How can I protect myself and my family?

Even if the vaccine protects from symptomatic and moderate to severe forms of COVID-19, you should still continue to protect yourself and your family by practicing the BIDA Behaviors:

-Wearing of Mask and Face Shield

-Wash/ Sanitize Hands

-Avoid Crowded Places

-Ensure good ventilation

-Maintain one meter distance

The DOH started the vaccination rollout last month.

 
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