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COVID-19 vaccine: Answers to frequently asked questions

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: 2021-01-08 Print


Q: Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed in a short time?

A: The COVID-19 vaccine, like any other vaccine, has undergone animal testing, human pre-clinical testing, and population phase I, II and III clinical trials before going to the market. The safety of the vaccine has repeatedly been proven.


Q: What are the likely side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Common side effects include headache and fever, coughing, redness at the injection site, as well as loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.


Q: Why did I get a cold or fever after vaccination?

A: Some people may, by coincidence, have a cold, fever or other illnesses after vaccination. Such illnesses are not caused by the vaccine.


Q: What are the dos and don'ts before and after vaccination?

A: People should report their health condition to medical workers before they are vaccinated, and stay at vaccination sites for about 30 minutes for observation after vaccination.

Keep the injection site dry, pay attention to hygiene and get proper rest on the day of vaccination.

In the week after the vaccination, avoid exposure to allergens, try not to consume spicy food or seafood, eat lighter foods and drink more water.


Q: What should I do if I have side effects after vaccination?

A: Severe side effects usually occur in 30 minutes after receiving the shot, when the recipients are at vaccination sites for observation. You should immediately report any adverse reactions to the staff at the site.

The site staff will provide vaccination recipients with the contact information for a contact person. Should any side effects occur after returning home, report this to the contact person and go to the hospital for treatment if necessary.

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