Don's Home Health Corona Virus Vaccination Contact
last updated 10 Feb 2021

Second Shot:
The second COVID-19 may produce stronger side effects than the first.

At Side effects and COVID-19 vaccines: What to expect | Johns Hoppkins they say,
"The side effects of the vaccine typically start within 12 to 24 hours of vaccination.

Side effects usually last 24 to 48 hours, and no more than a few days.

Vaccine side effects have been less frequent and severe in adults older than 55 years in the vaccine trials. "

I talked to my Doctor's medical assistant at UC Davis Health.
She said most of the staff did get aches, pain and other flu like symptoms after the second vaccination and some had to stay home.

I'm 75 and it's been 4 days since my second shot and I had nothing but a sore arm at the site of the shot. A 65 year old I talked to was OK also.

There are some guidelines about taking pain medications, but they are inconsistent.
Most agree not to take pain medications prior to your vaccination, Preemptive pain medicines could dampen someone’s immune response to the vaccine and thus it's effectiveness. There is not strong proof of this, but most medical professionals agree.
Most say talk to your doctor if you develop flu like symptoms after getting the vaccine. Some say it's OK and others say avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

They did take pain relievers. Symptoms went away in 2-3 days.

I'm 75 years old and didn't get any symptoms other than a sore arm.
There are some advantages to getting old.

How the COVID-19 vaccine works, potential side effects and more | UC Davis Health says,
"When you get the first dose, your body learns to make antibodies to fight COVID-19. Then you get the second vaccine, and you already have the antibodies ready to go, so that shot kicks them into action. That more robust immune response accounts for the stronger reactions. Those reactions tell you the vaccine is working.

To help with the stronger side effects, it's OK to take Tylenol or other over-the-counter pain relievers after your shot – but not before – to help ease discomfort. As always, you will want to consult with your physician." The CDC Says,
If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot:  
  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.
  • Use or exercise your arm.
  To reduce discomfort from fever:
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dress lightly.