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Posted on: February 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - February 3, 2021

For Immediate Release


COVID-19 Information

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Vaccine Information

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What Are the Side Effects of the Moderna Vaccine?

As a majority of us anxiously wait to get our first Moderna vaccination or possibly our second vaccination, everyone needs to be aware that there are common side effects with this vaccine; just as with any vaccination. We do now know, as of last week however, that you should not take any type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drug before you receive your COVID vaccine. This includes ibuprophen (Advil or Motrin), Aleve, and/or regular strength aspirin. Research has recently shown by taking this type of product before your vaccine, it could dull your immune response and not allow your vaccine to work as it was attended. As far as taking NSAIDS after your vaccine, research has found that should be fine.  

As you prepare for your vaccine, especially for your second one, please note that some side effects may occur. Below are some of the most common ones, which may temporarily be bad enough to cause an individual to cease some of their normal activities for a couple days:

  • Pain where you received the vaccine
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Achy muscles and joints 
  • Chills 
  • Fever 
  • Swelling under your arm pits

If any of these side effects should occur, you should ask your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicines for any pain or fever you may be experiencing. For most individuals, their arm will hurt in the location where they have received their shot. If this is the case, you should take an OTC medicine and place a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area. By using your arm and/or exercising with it, it may also help reduce some of the soreness. If by chance you do have a fever, remember to drink plenty of fluids to help you stay hydrated. Please note that a majority of these side effects should go away within one to two days. If you develop something more severe, please call your doctor immediately or call 911. 

You may also want to download the V-safe, smartphone app. This app helps you track and report any side effects that you might have. V-safe will also remind you when it is time to get your second dose. Please visit the V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker for more information.

Please note that a small number of people may have a serious allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. If this happens, it usually happens 15 to 30 minutes after getting the vaccination. Serious side effects are rare, but you will be asked to wait for 15 to 30 minutes after getting the vaccination to make sure you feel alright. If you have a severe allergic reaction after you leave the vaccination clinic, call 911, or go to the nearest hospital. Signs of a severe reaction include:

  • Trouble breathing 
  • Swelling of your face and throat 
  • Fast heartbeat 
  • Bad rash all over your body 
  • Feeling dizzy and weak

After the second vaccine dose, it takes about two weeks for your body to build up protection. It is not completely known yet how long COVID-19 vaccines may protect people who get them. It is also not completely known yet if people who get the vaccine can still give COVID-19 to others. Until we know more, you should continue to practice the 3 W’s and stay home, if you are sick.


Amy Smith

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