Home Health Immunization Vaccine side-effects can be similar to being sick with COVID

Vaccine side-effects can be similar to being sick with COVID

The vaccine will not infect a person, though some of side effects are similar.

Tuesday March 9, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC

by Mary P Brooke, B.Sc., Editor | Island Social Trends

Today the BC Government has posted tips and information about “vaccination aftercare”. On Twitter they posted an info-graphic by BC Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC).

This comes one day after launching the Phase 2 appointment-bookings for the elderly in the general community (people over age 90 years) and in the Indigenous community (age 65+).

COVID, vaccine reaction
Vaccine Aftercare – info graphic from BC Health and BC Centre for Disease Control.

Side effects:

Side effects are common a day or two after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including: pain, redness, itchiness or swelling at the injection site; tiredness or headache; fevers and chills; muscles or joint soreness; nausea and vomiting.

You may feel sick:

Most side effects are described as “not serious” and “should go away on their own”, but adding: “However, you may feel sick”.

The vaccine cannot infect you:

The vaccine will not give a person COVID-19, though some of the side effects are similar to symptoms of COVID-19.

Symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, cough or other problems breathing are not side effects of the vaccine.

Knowing the difference:

The COVID self-assessment tool is at bc.thrive.health/covid19/en where you can help yourself determine whether or not you have an active case of COVID-19 infection.

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