Mono, ON (Adam Jones) Canada is seeing an increase in the number of people getting the COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the delta variant. You might have a lot of questions about what to expect when you finally get your first shot.

In the news, there are often reports about side effects and vaccine hesitancy. You may also ask whether you can take medications to treat pain and fever after your shot.

Preparing for your appointment can help you feel more comfortable. Below are some tips:

  1. Post-vaccination immunity could lead to symptoms including fever, soreness, pain, and swelling at the injection site, as well as headaches, fatigue, and muscle pain. Symptoms like these show that the body is building immunity.
  2. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines showed efficacy of over 94 per cent regardless of whether participants took over-the-counter pain relievers post-vaccination. This shows that pain-relief medicines did not blunt the immune response to the vaccine.
  3. Should you experience any side effects following vaccination, health authorities and scientific professional societies in Canada, the USA, and Europe, including Health Canada and the CDC, recommend talking to your doctor about taking pain or fever-reducer medications.

Staying informed will help you feel more comfortable and prepared when you get your COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinated individuals should continue to practice basic safety precautions such as washing their hands, wearing masks and avoiding crowds.