Covid vaccine: Side effects ‘more intense’ after second shot says CDC

Coronavirus vaccine: UK exceeds 25 million first doses given

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The UK’s vaccination effort at the weekend was herculean – 844,285 first or second doses were given on Saturday, up from 711,157 on Friday. That brings the total number of people in the UK now jabbed to more than 27.6 million. An array of side effects were reported after people received their first dose of the vaccines.

But, according to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more intense side effects are yet to come for millions of people.

As the CDC explains, side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot.

“These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days,” explains the CDC.

Side effects – what to expect

Some people may experience side effects after the vaccine.

As the NHS points out, these are usually mild and are much less serious than developing coronavirus or complications associated with coronavirus.

“Any side effects usually go away within a few days,” explains the health body.

Some of the common side effects of the coronavirus vaccine may include:

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

“A less common side effect is swollen glands in the armpit or neck, on the same side as the arm where you had the vaccine,” adds the NHS.

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When will I receive the vaccine?

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres. More centres are opening all the time.

It’s being given to:

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • People who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • People with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

You must Wait to be contacted – the NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Vaccine rollout – latest

More than 27.6 million people in the UK – more than half the adult population – have now received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Mr Johnson, who received his first dose on Friday, said: “A huge thank you to everyone involved and please come forward to get your jab when you are invited to do so.”

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, added: “In just one day we vaccinated the equivalent of the entire adult populations of Liverpool, Southampton and Oxford combined.”

Of the vaccinations administered on Saturday, 752,308 were first doses and 91,977 were second, meaning 2,228,772 people in the UK have now been fully vaccinated.

The UK’s vaccine milestone comes as allegations of vaccine nationalism intensify in Europe.

Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace warned the EU not to “build walls” around the distribution of vaccines.

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