After the vaccination
Even after receiving the vaccination, it remains essential that everyone maintains safe distances, takes care of hand and coughing hygiene, wears a mask when social distancing is not possible, books a test when showing symptoms, and follows all other instructions regarding COVID-19.
Precautions are necessary as information on the vaccine’s ability to prevent persons from infecting others is still insufficient. The instructions are updated as new information emerges but, based on the precautionary principle, the recommendations remain the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated people until further notice.
After the start of the vaccinations, it will still take a long time until population-level immune protection against the disease is reached and the epidemic is overcome.
Instructions for vaccinated persons
As a rule, you can continue to live normally after the vaccination. There is no reason to avoid e.g. sauna bathing or sports. As all medications, this vaccine can also have adverse effects. The majority of the symptoms are mild and transient, and they can only be found in a small part of the vaccinated population. Symptoms are most common after the second vaccination.
Possible symptoms after the vaccination
- General symptoms: headache, joint and muscle pain, fever, chills, fatigue or nausea
- Local symptoms in the injection area: burning, redness, swelling, pain, itching, rash
- Lymph nodes can swell locally.
Other side effects are rare. If you develop other symptoms, please call the coronavirus helpline tel. 09 310 10024 (daily at 8:00–18:00).
General and local symptoms are not dangerous and usually disappear in a few days. An extensive local reaction can last longer. However, it usually does not point towards an allergic reaction, either.
General and local symptoms do not prevent follow-up vaccination.
Treatment of symptoms
You can relieve headache, fever as well as joint and muscle pain through medications for pain and fever, such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen or naproxen can be used to mitigate and treat local reactions in the injection area. A cortisone cream or antihistamine can relieve itching. A cold bandage can help with burning and swelling.
If your symptoms continue
You cannot get a coronavirus infection from the vaccine. Fever or increased body temperature may be caused by the vaccination, but they may also be symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. This is why you need to stay at home until the fever has stopped for 24 hours (without taking medication that reduces fever). If you suffer from fever or increased body temperature for more than 3 days or develop other symptoms indicative of a COVID-19 infection, please book a COVID-19 testing appointment.