KEY POINTS

  • COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered to frontline health workers
  • An infectious disease expert said any side effects would normally appear within two months after getting a shot
  • The CDC said possible side effects of the vaccine include headaches, tiredness and fevers

While COVID-19 vaccines are now starting to be administered to health workers in Florida, many are still skeptical about them — particularly their long-term effects.

Some cynics are worried that the vaccine may cause health problems in the long run and are wary of getting their shot. However, experts have assured that long-term side effects are unlikely to appear.

In an interview with Local 10, Dr. Aileen Marty explained that the two-month observation period for people who received the COVID-19 vaccine is considered to be the period in which side effects would normally present themselves.

“That’s an incredibly important question,” the infectious diseases expert from Florida International University noted. “The study is a two-month study of the numbers of people who had received two doses and had gone beyond their seven days post-vaccination, and that’s where the comparison was.”

“Whereas that could be something that we would worry about, the reality is that when we see side-effects from vaccines, we generally see anything significant within the first two months,” she continued.

Marty went on to explain that long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccines aren't completely impossible and further studies would need to be conducted beyond the two-month period for those who received the shots.

However, she emphasized that “within those two months is when we generally see anything of any significance and rarely do we find anything of significance after two months for side-effects.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also released a statement addressing the possible side effects that could come with getting injected with the vaccine.

“You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection," the CDC stated. “These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.”

The CDC added that common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine include pain and swelling at the injection site. Fevers, chills, tiredness and headaches have also been included in the list.

To reduce pain and discomfort from the injection site, one may apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area. It is also advised by the CDC to drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.

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