It is common to experience some side effects after you get the vaccine. Side effects are typically mild to moderate and usually go away on their own. Learn more about what to expect when you get a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting gov.bc.ca/covid19.
It is important to stay in the clinic for 15 minutes after getting any vaccine because about one in a million people can have a serious allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat, tongue or lips. Should this reaction occur, your health-care provider is prepared to treat it. Emergency treatment includes administration of epinephrine (adrenaline) and transfer by ambulance to the nearest emergency department. If symptoms develop after you leave the clinic, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
If you have any concerns about the vaccine related to medications you are taking or allergies, please speak with your family doctor, nurse practitioner or call 8-1-1.