It is common and normal to have temporary, mild side effects such as a headache, tiredness or muscle aches, after getting vaccinated for COVID-19. These usually last from a few hours to a few days after vaccination. This is the body’s natural response, as it works hard to build immunity against the disease.
You can attend work if, in the 48 hours following vaccination, the symptoms you experience are limited to mild headache, fatigue, muscle ache and/or joint pain that started after your vaccination.
If you have a fever you must not attend work while you are experiencing the fever. If your fever worsens or lasts longer than 48 hours, continue to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Seek medical attention as needed.
You must not attend work, but must instead self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19, if your symptoms:
- Develop beyond the symptoms listed above (for example, you experience cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, etc.);
- Are getting worse or not getting better;
- Make it hard for you to carry out usual activities; and/or
- Last longer than 48 hours after vaccination.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and you had a high-risk exposure to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you must not attend work. Self-isolate immediately and get tested for COVID-19.