Omicron: Three ‘serious side effects’ of the Covid booster – seek medical help ‘urgently’

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While the Covid booster is very effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation due to an infection with SARS-CoV-2, you might still require medical care after having your vaccination. You will either have the Pfizer or Moderna Covid booster; if you had the Pfizer jab for the first two vaccinations, it is not guaranteed you will have the same vaccine the third time around. As such, be prepared to seek “medical advice urgently” if any of the three serious side effects occur:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. A fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart.

More common side effects, which are the same for all Covid vaccinations in the UK, include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • General aches
  • Mild flu-like symptoms
  • Painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm.

These more common side effects can be relieved though rest, paracetamol, and time.

“Symptoms following vaccination normally last less than a week,” the UK Health Security Agency (HSA) noted.

“If your symptoms seem to get worse or if you are concerned, you can call NHS 111.”

Be aware that a Covid infection is still possible following a booster jab, but the risk is reduced.

It can take a few days for the body to build protection against Omicron following the jab.

For people who are yet to be fully vaccinated, you will need both doses before going for a Covid booster.

While waiting to go for your Covid booster, if you do catch coronavirus, you will need to wait “at least four weeks from your Covid infection” to get boosted.

As of Saturday, January 15, the Government has recorded 104,044 people who have had their Covid booster, or a third jab, in one day.

In total, there has been 36,295,768 people who have now had their third jab or Covid booster.

Overall, there has been 52,071,960 who have had at least one Covid vaccine; around 47,866,176 have had two doses.

The number of patients now being admitted to hospital is on the decline, showing the effectiveness of vaccination and the likelihood of Omicron causing more mild disease.

Covid symptoms

The NHS continues to highlight three of the “main symptoms” of Covid, which are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Anybody experiencing such symptoms are advised to self isolate and order a free PCR test.

The ZOE Covid Symptom Study, however, led by Professor Tim Spector details other symptoms of look out for.

The top five symptoms of Omicron, according to the research, are:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat.

Commenting on the latest situation, Professor Spector said: “The ZOE data suggests the Omicron wave has peaked.

“Cases are starting to come down in almost all regions of the UK. Hospitalisation, deaths and early data on the severity of Omicron is also looking positive.

“Covid symptoms are now for the first time this winter more common than colds and flu and are indistinguishable.

“I don’t expect these rates to go down to zero as Omicron is so infectious that it will probably continue to circulate at manageable levels in the population until late spring.”

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