Community cases are low. Why vaccinate now?
There is a risk of serious, life-threatening disease and death from Covid-19 infection, especially among the elderly and vulnerable groups. Vaccination is one way to prevent disease, minimise transmission and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. We should get vaccinated when our turn comes.
What are the possible side effects?
You may experience common side effects similar to those of other vaccines. Most are mild or moderate, and you usually get better within a few days. However, here are some things to do if you do get side effects.
If you feel pain, redness or swelling at the injection site; fever or chills; or headache, muscle pain or joint pain, take one to two tablets of Paracetamol every six hours as needed. If tiredness is what you feel, give yourself plenty of rest. And if there is lymph node swelling on your neck or arms, see a doctor if the side effects persist or get worse.
What if I only take a single dose and miss my second dose?
You must receive both to have the full safeguard. Protection from a single dose has not been formally studied for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, but based on vaccines for other diseases, completion of the recommended doses is required for long-term protection.