What should I expect after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
Similar to medications and other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause some side effects, although not everyone will experience these. Most side effects are minor and don’t last very long.
Common side effects include pain, redness, swelling at the site where the needle was given, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and low fever. Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help relieve these symptoms.
Serious side effects are rare. Call your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency department if you develop any reactions within 3 days of receiving the vaccine: hives, swelling of your face or mouth, trouble breathing, very pale colour and serious drowsiness, high fever (over 40°C), convulsions or seizures, or other serious symptoms (e.g. “pins and needles” or numbness). Please also report these more serious side effects to Lambton Public Health.
Things to remember after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- The vaccine is an additional way to protect yourself against COVID-19. After either dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you should continue to follow COVID-19 measures (wearing a mask, practice physical distancing and washing your hands).
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms are present.
- Avoid receiving any other type of vaccine or TB skin test until at least 28 days after receiving either dose of COVID-19 vaccine
- Women should avoid pregnancy for at least 28 days following this vaccine
Accessing Your Vaccine Receipts:
If you lost your COVID-19 vaccine receipt, did not receive an email copy, or were unable to obtain one at the clinic, you can access your information for each dose received on the Provincial website: Ontario COVID-19 vaccination service (ontariohealth.ca)
Information about booking your second dose appointment:
Ontario is opening eligibility for booking second doses sooner than the original 16-week interval based on age and time of the first dose. Information about eligibility is posted on GetTheVaccine.ca under the Registration page.
If eligible, please go to GetTheVaccine.ca to book a second dose appointment online. If you have any questions or difficulties booking online, please call our Vaccine Call Centre at 226-254-8222, available Monday to Friday, 9 am-4 pm.