Dr Hilary explains coronavirus vaccine side effects and how to treat them

Millions of people in the UK have now received the coronavirus vaccine.

Widespread immunity is key in getting back to normality, and the Covid jab is the light at the end of the tunnel.

At some point you will get called in for a coronavirus vaccine – unless you already have.

If you have already had the jab, you might have experienced some side effects, which is normal with any vaccine.

Dr Hilary Jones has shared a common Covid-19 vaccine side effect that nearly everyone will get.

Speaking with Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, the Health Editor said: “What we do know is that most people might get a slight reaction on the injection site."

“A bit of redness, a bit sore, a bit of tenderness, some warmth and some heat,” Dr Hilary added.

Dr Hilary went on to explain that it would probably be “a little bit sore when you move the arm”.

However, he explained that this would probably only last for a few hours “and no more”.

He continued: “It will certainly be gone overnight by the next day. That is not uncommon at all. And it is common with any vaccination – whether it is flu or whatever.”

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Dr Hilary said up to 50% of people who have had the vaccine reported symptoms that last slightly longer, usually clearing 24 hours but possibly lasting two to three days.

He said: “Some people are getting chills. Some people are getting a very slight temperature. Again, this can happen with other vaccinations too.”

If you do experience these symptoms, Dr Hilary recommends taking a paracetamol or an ibuprofen, adding: “These symptoms are nothing to worry about”.

Dr Hilary concluded: “What they mean is that your body is creating an immune response. Now, that is what you want.”

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