Is there side-effect with Covid-19 boosters?

  • The side effects of a booster shot are similar to the side effects after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
  • Most reported local and systemic reactions were mild to moderate, transient, and most frequently reported the day after vaccination.

Is there side-effect with Covid-19 boosters?

With the fear of getting vaccinated and all the conspiracy theories that resulted from the vaccination slowly dissipating, there’s a new fear amongst the general public now! This involves the administration of the booster dose where many people have started to become afraid of the side effects.

Apparently, that shouldn’t be a problem because the side effects of a booster shot are similar to the side effects after receiving the second dose of the vaccine, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This study was conducted between mid-August through mid-September 2021 and it looked at 22,141 recipients. 

In this study, pain or swelling was reported by 79.4% of recipients receiving a booster shot compared to 77.6% who received the second shot and 74.1% of recipients experienced a headache or fever after the third dose, compared to 76.5% after receiving the second dose. 

Most of these third dose recipients received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Nearly 2.8 million people have received a third shot since mid-August. This report revealed that the side effects mostly kicked in the day after the jab where 28% of recipients said they were unable to perform daily activities because of the injection. The recipients who received the booster shot were 65 or older, due to their vulnerability and underlying health conditions. The authors of the studies said, “Most reported local and systemic reactions were mild to moderate, transient, and most frequently reported the day after vaccination.”

Adding on, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said, “The frequency and types of side effects were similar to those seen after the second vaccine doses, and were mostly mild or moderate and short-lived.”

Furthermore, Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville stated that, “We are very comfortable with the safety of these vaccines. They’ve been given to millions and millions and millions and millions of people.”

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