As of April 5, roughly a million of the people in Korea were already administered with at least a single dose of coronavirus vaccine, while the government gears to give the vaccination drive a boost in this quarter.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), anticipating several questions regarding the vaccination side effects, have recently published guidelines for the public to know what symptoms to expect and other concerns on how to decrease probable side effects and when to find medical attention.
The health agency targets to aid the general public having correct medical attention if side effects become serious, while also preventing unneeded trips to the hospital.
The KDCA explained that swelling and pain in the area where the vaccine was injected is normal, advising the people to aid the area with a clean piece of cloth and apply ice if the area suffers from heat-like experience.
After vaccination, a light fever that is only until 37.5 degrees Celsius is expected as short-term side effects. People who experience this are advised by medical professionals to keep themselves hydrated through drinking sufficient fluid or water.
Common side effects also include fever, chills, and muscle pains, the health agency said, recommending having pain killers and fever tablets ready before getting their COVID-19 vaccine.
Health authorities recommend acetaminophen, which contains Tylenol, as a fever reducer available over-the-counter.
If the symptoms persist within two days, health authorities said it is recommended to see a physician.
If bruising and bleeding are also noticed in the area where the vaccine was injected, it is also recommended to visit a hospital.
The KDCA also told people to look out for severe headaches after getting a vaccine shot. This, as there have been cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) cases in the country and in other parts of the world, which patients suffer from blood clot in the brain.
“CVST comes with a severe headache that many people probably haven’t experienced before, and therefore people should watch out for headaches that are not relieved by painkillers,” explained Seo Eun-sook, who is part of KDCA’s side effect investigation team and also a faculty member at Soonchunhyang University Medical School.
Some side effects need immediate medical treatment, the KDCA said.
Severe conditions include serious dizziness, difficulties in breathing, skin rash reactions, puffed lips and face, and losing of consciousness.
When these conditions are experienced, the patient is recommended for an urgent hospital visit.
The KDCA assured that they will continue their monitoring for vaccine side effects.
It also urged the public to get vaccinated when it is their turn to get a shot.