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Things to know after getting the COVID-19 vaccination

First of all, let us congratulate you on receiving your vaccination! 

What can be expected?

Just like when reacting to the virus, each person’s immune system reacts differently to the vaccination. Therefore, we do not recommend any especially hard activity, physical or mental, in the first 1-2 days after receiving the shot. Make arrangements for a colleague to act as a substitute for you in case you are unable to work and have to stay at home. Make sure you have enough liquid, food, antipyretic and painkillers at home for the days after getting the vaccine.

What side effects can be expected?

Do not be surprised if you feel weak or ill a few hours after receiving the shot, similar to how you would feel in case of a viral illness.

These symptoms are expected to go away after 1-2 days, and are a sign of your body’s immune response (just think about how much worse would it be to catch the virus than to endure these side effects for a few days).

The summary of product characteristics gives a precise list of possible side effects, in case you are interested you can look them up, but the most common of these are the following:

  • headache
  • swelling and redness in the place of the shot
  • temporary fever
  • tiredness, sleepiness, weakness
  • muscle pain
  • diarrhea
  • cough
  • nausea, loss of appetite and possible vomiting

Be prepared to treat these symptoms at home: in case of pain/fever use a painkiller/antipyretic, in case of nausea/vomiting use an antiemetic! Drink lots of water!

I have received my first shot, when will I be protected?

The body already starts to produce antibodies after the first shot, but the real protection can only be expected 1-2 weeks after receiving the second shot (booster). In those who have received their first shot, some form of protection can appear after approximately 2 weeks, but this protection will soon disappear if they don’t receive a second shot. The second vaccine prompts the body to produce more antibodies so don’t forget about the second shot!

Write down the date and location somewhere you will remember in time!

When will I receive the second shot in case of each vaccine?

  • Pfizer/BioNtech- 35 days after the first one
  • Moderna- 28 days after the first one
  • AstraZeneca- 12 weeks after the first one
  • Sputnik V- 3 weeks after the first one
  • Sinopharm- 3-4 weeks after the first one

I have received my second shot. What can be expected?

In many people greater immune response was observed after the second shot. The side effects described above can appear again, but slightly more intensely. Don’t worry about it, they will disappear after a day or two.

Complete protection can only be achieved 1-2 weeks after the 2. shot (more precisely at best after 7 days in case of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, 14 days in case of the Moderna vaccine, 15 days in case of AstraZeneca, 3 weeks in case of Sputnik V and 14 days in case of the Sinopharm vaccine).

2-3 days have passed, but the side effects still remain. What can I do?

Make sure to notify your doctors about it, firstly because serious symptoms have to be reported, secondly because it’s possible that in the meantime you have caught the coronavirus and have received the shot while being ill. In that case there’s no problem, but it’s important to remain under observation and proceed according to your doctor’s instructions.

If I have been vaccinated and I’m fine, does that mean I don’t have to wear a mask anymore?

No, that’s not true. You still have to wear a mask because parts of the coronavirus can still stick into your mucous membrane, but they can’t reproduce to the same extent, thanks to the body’s protective response. To protect yourself and your fellow citizens you still have to comply with the measures issued against the pandemic by keeping the required distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently.

So, what’s the point of getting vaccinated?

  1. With the help of the vaccine there’s a significantly smaller chance of you getting seriously ill and having to go to the hospital, even if you catch the disease, you’ll likely get through it with milder symptoms.
  2. You will have a smaller chance of infecting someone else
  3. If you are in a gathering where everyone is vaccinated or has been ill with COVID in the last 3 months, you can have a conversation without wearing a mask.
  4. The aim is to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible, and not allow time for the appearance and spreading of mutations and end this whole horror once and for all!

Thus, it’s very important to convince all your friends and relatives to get the vaccination and be proud of having already received it yourself!

We wish you good health and we expect to meet our loved ones again soon!