Coronavirus vaccine: Side effects of AstraZeneca and Pfizer include muscle pain and headache

 

The vaccine rollout in the UK continues at a steady pace, with more than 10 million people in the UK now vaccinated with a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest government figures. In total, more than 33 million people have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The unprecedented effort has generated a flow of data on possible side effects of vaccination.

Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine – Summary of adverse reactions

Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 44,000 participants

According to the data, the most common adverse reactions in the trials were pain at the injection site, fatigue; headache; myalgia (muscle pain); chills; arthralgia (joint pain) and fever.

These side effects have each been reported in more than 1 in 10 people.

These reactions were usually mild or moderate in intensity and resolved within a few days of vaccination.

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Side effects have been reported less frequently in older adults (over 55 years) than in younger people.

Oxford University / AstraZeneca vaccine – side effects

The University of Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine has been evaluated in clinical trials involving more than 23,000 participants.

The most common side effects in the trials were injection site pain, fatigue; headache; myalgia (muscle pain); chills; arthralgia (joint pain) and fever.

These side effects have each been reported in more than 1 in 10 people.

“You can take pain relievers, such as paracetamol, if you need it,” the health organization explains.

It is important to note that if you have a high temperature that lasts longer than two days, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste, you may have coronavirus.

If you have any suspicious symptoms, you should self-isolate and request a coronavirus test.

Everyone you live with should also isolate themselves.

 

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