The Philippine government aims to inoculate at least 50 million Filipinos with the COVID-19 vaccine this year, enough for herd immunity to be achieved by late November. Despite this confident prediction, there are still those who remain hesitant to be vaccinated.
One of the reasons is that they fear the vaccine’s side effects. But according to the Department of Health, the flu-like symptoms you are likely to feel after getting the shot are “normal signs that one’s body is developing protection against COVID-19.” (Read the experiences of healthcare worker moms who took the vaccine here.)
Here are some of the most common COVID-19 vaccine side effects, according to Harvard Health:
pain at the site of the injection
painful, swollen lymph notes in the arm where the vaccine was injected
muscle or join pain
nausea and vomiting
fever or chills
What about the other side effects?
As the COVID-19 vaccine is fairly new, people are understandably cautious about taking it. But according to Harvard Health, “If thorough investigation shows certain problems are occurring at a ‘higher than normal’ rate, the vaccine could be to blame. If not, it’s more likely to be an unfortunate coincidence.
“Not everything that happens after vaccination is the fault of the vaccine,” emphasizes Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and chief of Infectious and Tropical Disease (Pediatrics) at the UP-Philippine General Hospital.
During Summit Media’s “Sandwich Sessions,” the doctor explains the difference between a coincidental side effect and when it is likely caused by the vaccine. Her explanation is very helpful so that you’ll know when to worry about the side effects you’re feeling after vaccination.
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Watch the video below for her entire answer:
Got questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Find the answers here.