The entry of COVID-19 vaccine in many countries in Africa and the world has brought about alot of worries to the population. The lack of enough knowledge on how the vaccine functions and what to expect after receiving it is another elephant in the room. Since it is a new product never used before, many are skeptical and some are already spreading the ‘no’ gospel to their friends and relatives.
In Kenya, the AstraZeneca Vaccine entry days ago has complicated matters further with the populace playing a wait and see game with the government. President Uhuru Kenyatta pleaded with members of the public and the fourth estate to ensure that they only disseminate information that has been proven as the truth and to avoid rumors that might derail the process of vaccination. Dr Patrick Amoth was the first to receive the jab yesterday but he has not come out yet to share his experiences. Such is why Magazine Reel has come up with a list of probable side-effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Our content is based on the experiences of a top actress at the UAE Eve D’souza. She received the vaccination three days ago and has listed her journey in major social media platforms including Twitter. Here is what to expect but might be different based on conditions, level of immunity, age and may be some other factors.
Here we go.
No pain where the injection is given or side effects experienced for the first 5 hours.
Around five hours after the jab one starts to feel pain and discomfort where the injection is given plus fatigue. Paracetamol relieves such pain but he or she might wake up in the middle of the night with join pain, mild fever and generally feeling unwell. Another round of paracetamol will do away with the side effects though. The discomfort typically lasts around 24 to 48 hours.
Some of the side-effects are just evidence that the body is processing the information given by the vaccine to create a protective shield.
In general younger adults tend to suffer more side effects from the vaccination that the elderly because their immune system responds more strongly to the vaccine.
Most people experience at least one common post vaccine symptom which are: Tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising where the injection is given, Generally feeling unwell, Feeling tired (fatigue), Chills or feeling feverish, Headache, Nausea, Joint pain
You will need to take your second shot of AstraZeneca 8 to 12 weeks later. Experts say you’re more likely to have stronger side effects after a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than the first dose.
We hope this information will be of help to anyone planning to get the AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccination in Kenya or any other part of the world.