Workplace Wellness Insights: What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. In New York state and across the U.S., the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more readily available and more people are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Therefore, it’s important to talk about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
A COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. As with any vaccination, you may have some side effects. Those are normal signs that your body is building protection. Side effects of COVID-19 vaccinations may feel like the flu and affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects include fever, chills, tiredness and headache—in addition to pain or swelling in the arm where the shot was given. Health experts recommend not planning anything for the day after your vaccination in the chance you develop side effects.
If you have pain or discomfort after being vaccinated, consider taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It’s not recommended to take these over-the-counter medicines before vaccination because it is not known how these medications may impact the vaccine’s effectiveness. Keep in mind that vaccine side effects may be uncomfortable, but COVID-19 symptoms can be worse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. According to the guidance, if you have been fully vaccinated:
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- You do not need to avoid others or get tested if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.
Despite that long-awaited guidance, experts still say you should continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others in public. It’s important for Americans to continue practicing safety precautions to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions.
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In April 2021, other topics include:
- Moving 11 Minutes per Day Can Improve Your Health
- Mental Health Support During the Pandemic
- Spring Vegetable Sauce Recipe
If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.
Note: This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.