Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for more than one year. In February 2021, Singapore started on Covid-19 Vaccination Programme. The objective of the vaccination is to ensure increased protection against Covid-19 virus in healthy individuals and to limit the spread of the virus to healthy individuals from those who are infected. The most prioritized group to be vaccinated was the healthcare staff, followed by elderly and then other essential workers. Today, registration has been opened to individuals aged above 45 years old and above.
In Singapore, we have 2 approved types of vaccines; the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines. Both types of vaccines will be injected into the muscle of your upper arm. For a person to receive full protection, each individual is required to receive two doses of injections, with the second dose due in 21-28 days.
Both types of vaccines have been assessed to be generally safe. However, similar to other types of vaccinations, there may be side effects after vaccination. The common side effects are:
Pain, redness, swelling at the injection site
Headache, muscle pain, joint aches
Lymph node swelling at neck or arms
These common side effects usually last about 3 days, and can be easily treated with extra rest, and by taking medications like paracetamol. However, if the symptoms persist or worsens, the vaccinated individuals should seek advice from a doctor.
In cases when an individual experiences severe allergic reaction after the vaccination (e.g. eye or lip swelling, hives, skin rashes, and breathlessness), he/she will need to seek immediate medical attention. Preferably, these individuals are discouraged to take the subsequent vaccination dose.
For more information with regard to Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, you may visit this website: MOH | COVID-19 Vaccination.