Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine: Causes and Common Symptoms


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — For some, the news about the COVID vaccine brought relief but for others it’s brought even more concern. A big question being what are the chances of having a reaction? And what are the side effects?

“Soreness in the arm, the a little bit of tiredness, maybe a low grade fever. . . It’s about 10 to 12% maybe as high as 15%. . . The headache, the nausea, the fatigue that lasts a bit more maybe a little bit of a higher fever, things like that. It’s really more in the 5%-8% range.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

Dr. Hall says these symptoms are pretty similar for the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson brands. We asked is it possible to predict how your body will react?

“It’s really unknown and it’s unknown in a lot of different ways. Just because you’ve reacted to a vaccine in some way shape or form in the past doesn’t mean that you will react to this vaccine.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

The CDC says if redness at the injection site persists more than 24 hours or if side effects last more than a few days, then call your doctor. Dr. Hall continues to stress the science and says everyone who can get vaccinated should do it.

“All of these vaccines are very effective in doing what they need to do which is to keep you from getting very sick and keep you from dying.” – Dr. Kent Hall Chief Physician Executive, MVHS

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