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Will there be any side effects from the vaccine?

The most common reactions to the vaccine based on the clinical trials will be soreness where the shot was given, which goes away quickly on its own. It is expected that for the vaccine there will be additional mild side effects that include muscle pain, fever, fatigue, headache, and joint pain. Severe side effects to vaccines are extremely rare. Minor side effects are a sign that your body is starting to build immunity (protection) against a disease.

During the first month of vaccination in the United States, over 90% of reported adverse effects were nonserious and included symptoms like fatigue, headache, dizziness, chills, and nausea. You can report any side effects following your COVID-19 vaccination to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System or the V-safe mobile app.

On Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocated to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine "out of an abundance of caution." For more information, click here.

Updated 16 April 2021

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