Vaccination with AstraZeneca suspended in several European countries
Denmark, Norway and Iceland were the first to suspend vaccination against covid-19 with AstraZeneca's vaccine as a precaution, following a few serious reactions including a few deaths.

Several severe cases of blood clots (thrombosis-like) have been observed following administration of the vaccine, but the link between these cases and the vaccine is not clear.

Should we be concerned about the effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine?


At this time, the link between these cases of thrombosis and AstraZeneca's vaccine is not proven, although the possibility is not entirely ruled out according to the EMA.

Several elements must be taken into account and confirm that the vaccine remains the best option.

Aches and pains common to other vaccines


Aches and local pains are very common side effects of vaccination, whether it concerns covid-19 or other illnesses. Redness, swelling or pain is commonly observed in the area of ​​the bite after a vaccination.

For Pfizer, 86% of trial participants reported persistent pain for at least 24 hours. During Moderna's testing phase, 91% also indicated this same type of pain. 38% of Pfizer trial volunteers and 60% of Moderna volunteers experienced muscle-like pain following the injection.

The side effects of these anti-covid-19 vaccines are therefore quite numerous, and rather frequent, however, the vast majority of them are not serious.

Side effects of the coronavirus vaccines

Some people may experience side effects after the vaccine. 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.

After you get the vaccine, it’s still important to follow the latest government guidance.

Common side effects

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.

Fever after the coronavirus vaccine

It’s quite common to develop a fever after a vaccination. This normally happens within 48 hours of the vaccination and usually goes away within 48 hours.

You do not need to self-isolate or book a test unless you have other coronavirus symptoms or:

  • you have been told by NHS Test and Protect, or your occupational health team, that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has recently tested positive for coronavirus
  • you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If the fever starts more than 48 hours after the vaccination or lasts longer than 48 hours, you should self-isolate and book a test.

Side effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

A full list of common side effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is available on most governments sites.

Side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine

A full list of common side effects of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is available on most governments sites.

Information for  recipients on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Can I catch coronavirus from the vaccine?

You cannot catch coronavirus from the vaccine but you can catch it before you get your vaccine and not know you’ve got it until afterward.

Reporting side effects

As with all vaccines, you can report suspected side effects to your health provider.

Continue to follow FACTS

It is not known whether having the vaccine stops you from spreading the virus to others so it’s important that we all continue to follow FACTS:

  • F – Face coverings
  • A – Avoid crowds
  • C – Clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • T – Two-metre distance
  • S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

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