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After the vaccination

Please see the main recommendations and restrictions currently in effect in Helsinki

Read further instructions on protection from coronavirus infection (THL)

Instructions for vaccinated people

You can continue as usual after getting vaccinated and there is no reason to avoid, for example, going to the sauna or excercising. Like most medications, the vaccine may cause side effects. The majority of the possible symptoms are mild and transient, and they can only be found in a small part of the vaccinated population. Symptoms are most common after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

Possible symptoms after the vaccination

  • General symptoms: headache, joint and muscle pain, fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea
  • Local symptoms in the injection area: burning, redness, swelling, pain, itching, rash
  • Lymph nodes can swell locally.

Other side effects are rare. If you develop other symptoms, please call the Coronavirus Helpline tel. +358 9 310 10024 (weekdays at 8.00–16.00).

General and local symptoms are not dangerous and usually disappear in a few days. An extensive local reaction can last longer. However, this does not necessarily mean that you are having an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

General and local symptoms do not prevent getting administered the booster doses of the vaccine.

Treatment of symptoms

You can relieve headache, fever as well as joint and muscle pain with medications for pain and fever, such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen or naproxen can be used to mitigate and treat local reactions in the injection area. A cortisone cream or antihistamine can relieve itching. A cold bandage can help with burning and swelling.

If your symptoms continue

You cannot get a coronavirus infection from the vaccine. Fever or increased body temperature may be caused by the vaccination, but they may also be symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. This is why you need to stay at home for 24 hours after your fever is over (without taking medication that reduces fever). 

Read here what to do if you suspect a coronavirus infection

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