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What to expect after my child’s COVID vaccine

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH on the common and generally mild side effects for kids after a COVID vaccine.

So, the common side effects we see in kids are very similar to the side effects that we saw in adults, that they may feel more fatigued, particularly after the second dose, that they may have aches and pains in their muscles, or particularly at their injection site, which usually is in your arm in this muscle here called your deltoid. Or that they could have headaches or sometimes even fever. Those side effects are typically short-lived. They last one to two days and they’re easily treatable with common over the counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen.

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