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Helpful tips for recipients after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
Recommend patients to seek medical advice about taking an over-the-counter medicine if they have pain or discomfort.
To reduce pain and discomfort at the vaccination site, patients can:
- apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
- use or exercise their arm.
To reduce discomfort from fever, advise patients to:
- drink plenty of fluids
- dress lightly.
Advise patients to call a doctor or healthcare provider if:
- the redness or tenderness at the vaccination site increases after 24 hours
- their side effects are worrying them or do not seem to be going away after a few days.
Reviewed 18 April 2021