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What to expect after your vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given in two doses. You will be advised when to return for your second dose. It is important to get both doses to protect yourself against COVID-19.

Some people may experience side-effects after getting the vaccine. These are usually mild and may include:

  • Tenderness, swelling and/or redness at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater)

A less common side effect is swelling of the glands which could start a few days after the vaccine and may last for up to 2 weeks.
This is to be expected and is a sign of the immune system responding to the vaccine.

Last Updated: 26 April 2021