What are the side effects of the vaccine?

The most common side effects are pain and swelling on the arm at the site of the injection. Throughout the rest of your body, you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, and a headache. It is important to note that these symptoms are immune responses and signs that your body is reacting appropriately.

Helpful tips:

According to the CDC if you have pain or discomfort you should talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

To reduce pain at the site of the shot you can apply a clean, cool and wet washcloth to the area. 

Call your doctor or healthcare provider if: 

  1.  The redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours. 
  2. Your side effects or worrying you or do not go away after a few days 

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction seek immediate medical care by calling 911.


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1. How do I sign up to get the vaccine?
2. How will I be notified when it’s time to get the vaccine?
3. What are the priority groups for Riley County?
4. I have underlying health conditions, can I be vaccinated early?
5. Can children be vaccinated for COVID-19?
6. How many doses are needed?
7. How do I get scheduled for my second dose/ "booster"?
8. What are the side effects of the vaccine?
9. Is the vaccine safe?
10. What are the benefits of getting the vaccine?
11. When will vaccines be available for the general public?
12. Do I need to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
13. Where will the shots be administered?
14. I don't have a car, how can I get to the vaccine clinic?
15. Do people who get the vaccine still have to wear masks?
16. Why did you say you received vaccines, but I can’t have one yet?
17. What are the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?