While second doses of COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reminds residents that a second dose may come with different side effects than you experienced after your first dose.
"We do anticipate there will be increased side effects with the second dose, the research certainly supports that," stated Andrea McLellan, Director of COVID-19 Immunization Strategy for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.
"For the most part, the side effects are headache, just a general feeling of unwellness it usually lasts no more than 24 to 48 hours in most individuals."
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However, McLellan doesn't want this information to cause people to consider avoiding a second dose.
"Each individual will react differently to that but I am not aware of any major side effects that anybody has had or anybody who has had prolonged side effects following their second dose but it is definitely more common with the second dose than it is with the first dose."