May 1, 2021
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I was recently vaccinated for the Covid virus and was disturbed by the side-effects that I had from the exercise. Apart from the sore arm at the site of the needle, I also had some headache, fever and nausea for a few days. I want to know if my reaction was normal and if it will not affect the efficacy of the Vaccine.

Ifeoma (by WhatsApp)

Most vaccines have side-effects and COVID vaccines are no different. The public are being reassured that if they experience a sore arm where the needle went in, or tiredness, a headache, fever or nausea, these are merely signs that the immune system is working as it should. Most COVID vaccines, including several that have been authorised, use a viral protein found on the outer envelope of the coronavirus, known as the spike protein, to mimic a natural viral infection and initiate an immune response. However, having said this, vaccine side-effects shouldn’t be taken as a measure of the effectiveness of the vaccine. Despite the varied immune responses to vaccines, most people achieve immunity against the coronavirus on vaccination, regardless of the presence, absence and severity of side-effects.

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