What You Need to Know About the Rare But Possible COVID Vaccine Reactions

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What You Need to Know About the Rare But Possible COVID Vaccine Reactions


Sharp has opened a vaccination supersite at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Photo by Chris Stone

It’s been considered a beacon of hope, the one thing so many have been waiting months for: a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19, the disease that has led to severe illness, hospitalizations and the deaths of more than 480,000 people in the United States.

However, now that millions of Americans have received one of the two mRNA vaccines, some are becoming concerned about receiving the vaccine as they hear stories of possible side effects.

As chief executive officer of Sharp Coronado Hospital, it is important to me that everyone understands the benefits the vaccines provide far outweigh the reported risk of reactions. And I believe this so strongly that I didn’t hesitate to receive the vaccination myself, and am pleased to share that I had no reaction to speak of, just a little bit of a sore arm for a day or two.

Common COVID-19 Vaccine Reactions

I am lucky enough to be among the approximately 6 million Californians who have received the vaccine. Of those, the majority — like me — experienced no reaction or a mild to moderate reaction for 1 to 3 days after vaccination.

Commonly reported vaccine reactions include the following:



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