Outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Moderna, Inc.
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. After receiving the vaccine, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away after a few days.
Common Side Effects
On the arm where you got the shot:
Throughout the rest of your body:
Tips to Alleviate Pain or Discomfort
To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:
- Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
- Use or exercise your arm
To reduce discomfort from fever:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Dress lightly
Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (TYLENOL®).
When to Call a Doctor
In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:
- If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours
- If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days
If you experience a severe allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital.
Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of your face and throat
- A fast heartbeat
- A bad rash all over your body
- Dizziness and weakness
These may not be all of the possible side effects of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.
Track Your Side Effects with V-Safe — After Vaccination Health Checker
Use your smartphone to tell the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. Sign up with your smartphone’s browser at vsafe.cdc.gov
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