Do the side effects you experience after getting the COVID-19 vaccine possibly predict how you might react to contracting the virus?
The most common side effects are soreness or pain at the site of injection, low-grade fever, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue, which usually last 12 to 36 hours after the injection. The Doctors remind anyone concerned that experiencing side effects means your body is responding properly to the injections and severe allergic reactions to any of the current COVID-19 vaccines are rare.
Why do some people have a much worse reaction to the vaccine than others?
HuffPo's health experts say there are not any scientific reasons for this as of yet. "There aren’t really any distinguishing factors that would predispose one individual having more side effects versus the other,” Richard Dang, a pharmacist and assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Southern California, explains. “The only thing we’ve seen in the clinical data so far is that younger individuals seem to experience side effects at higher rates than older individuals, and we see that in the real world as well.”
If you already had COVID, will your side effects be more severe?
“Anecdotally, it does appear that people who may have had COVID-19 before their vaccine do tend to have those longer duration of symptoms,” Colleen Kelley, an associate professor of infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine tells HuffPo. “But we’re still gathering additional scientific data to really support this.”
Could the severity of the side effects of the vaccine be an indicator of how the body would fight the virus if infected?
HuffPo's health experts say more research is needed to answer this and they believe "the effectiveness of the vaccine is unlikely to be determined by how severe your side effects are." They also note the majority of vaccinated people have either mild or no side effects whatsoever and the vaccines are still highly effective at protecting the recipient from illness and death regardless of whether you experience side effect symptoms or have none at all.