Supporting COVID-19 vaccine recipients

Information about supporting COVID-19 vaccine recipients.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Helpful tips for recipients after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

Recommend people 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, people can:

  • apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area
  • use or exercise their arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever, advise people to:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • dress lightly.

Advise people 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.

Advise people that side effects are normal and a sign that the vaccine is working.  

AstraZeneca and blood clotting 

The AstraZeneca vaccine appears to be associated with a rare side effect called  thrombosis with  thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). 

TTS involves blood clots (thrombosis) and low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia), In Australia symptoms of TTS have occurred between 4 and 28 days post-vaccination. The blood clots can occur in different parts of the body, such as the brain (called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis or CVST) or in the abdomen. The mechanism that causes TTS is not fully understood, but it appears similar to heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (or HIT), a rare reaction to heparin treatment. 

The risk of TTS following a second dose of AstraZeneca is much lower than the risk following a first dose. If patients are booked to receive their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and have had no serious adverse effects, they should receive their second dose as planned and within the recommended interval of 12 weeks. This is safe and recommended by ATAGI. 

Learn about AstraZeneca vaccine and information about the rare blood clotting with low platelet count (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia). 

Resources for people after getting vaccinated 

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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