Frequently Asked Questions
Vaccines work with your body’s natural defense to build protection. When vaccinated, your immune system is able to:
- Recognize the invading germ ( e.g. virus or bacteria).
- Produce antibodies that fight and destroy the germ before you become unwell.
- It is given as an injection into a muscle (in the upper arm).
- Two injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine are required.
- The second injection will be given 8-12 weeks after the first injection.
Side effects are mild to moderate and are temporary. They are signs that the body is building protection against the disease.
Common side effects (affecting more than 1 in 10 people) include:
- Swelling, tenderness, pain, warmth, itching, or bruising where the injection is given.
- Feeling tired (fatigue) or generally feeling unwell.
- Chills or feeling feverish.
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Joint pain or muscle ache
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Side effects (affecting up to 1 in 100 persons) may include:
- Sleepiness for feeling dizzy
- Decreased appetite
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Excessive sweating, itchy skin or rash
- Preliminary findings show no indication of harm to the development of the fetus.
- If you are a health worker at high risk of exposure or have comorbidities that places you in a high-risk group for severe COVID-19. It is recommended that you take the vaccine.
- Breastfeeding offers substantial health benefits of lactating women and their breastfed child.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends continuing breastfeeding after vaccination.