With many more people getting vaccinated in Egypt, we’re hearing more and more side effects for each COVID-19 vaccine. As the travel vaccine offices have been giving out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, many Egyptians are taking it as it is just one shot and can facilitate traveling in comparison to the other vaccines.
Because the vaccine affects people differently and it is quite intense, it is normal to be worried once the side effects hit you strong. Whether you’ve just taken the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or are considering taking it, here’s what to expect:
Common side effects of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine:
According to the FDA’s fact sheet, the most common side effects for J&J vaccine are:
- Body aches
- Pain, swelling, and redness where injected
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Tingling feeling in the skin
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
“I took the vaccine on Monday and just felt a slight tingling in my arm where I was injected. That night, I woke up at 3 am with shivers running through my body leaving me absolutely freezing, teeth chattering and a high fever of 38.6 degrees,” RB reader shared with us. “Because my teeth wouldn’t stop chattering, I also had a horrible headache. I wanted to take medication to bring down the fever, but couldn’t even put anything in my mouth because I felt so nauseous.”
“For the next 2 days, I could barely lift my head up, keep my eyes open, and suffered from a splitting headache and high fever. After that, I was back to normal, but I had a huge bump on my arm where I was injected that lasted for almost a week.”
“I had a high fever, chills, aches, and pains all over my body that lasted for 3 days. I also felt nauseous and lost my appetite. However, with rest, drinking lots of fluids, and pain killers, the side effects only last for a couple of days,” Another RB reader told us.
“Unfortunately, my sister suffered from severe vomiting as a side effect of the vaccine, intense body aches, splitting headaches, and could barely move for 4 days. After that, she was OK,” another reader shared.
Rare side effects of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine:
While most of the common side effects have been explained above, there have been reports of other uncommon more serious side effects. If you do suffer any of the below side effects, be sure to inform your doctor immediately:
According to the VAERS, 653 reported fainting after taking the J&J vaccine between March and April 2021. As 8 million doses were registered, this translates into 8 fainting cases for every 100,000 doses.
If you feel any of the following symptoms, you could be in danger of developing one of J&J’s rare risks of blood clots for low platelets:
- Severe headaches or blurred vision
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Swollen legs
- Abdominal pain
- Tiny blood spots or bruising under the skin around the injection site
Rare cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome – a neurological disorder – have been reported as a rare side effect with the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Most cases were reported within 42 days after vaccination. If you suffer any of the following symptoms, seek professional help immediately:
- Tingling or weakness in both legs
- Spreading of tingling in upper body and arms
- Unable to move limbs or paralysis
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Sources used in this article:
- FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – FDA
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety – CDC
- Guillain Bare syndrome – CDC