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Five Covid vaccine side effects women are much more likely to experience – Edinburgh Live

With more and more Scots now receiving the Covid vaccine, many will be experiencing the side effects that can come with it.

And women are more likely to experience those side effects according to one expert, who has listed five common experiences after the jab.

Women who have the Oxford vaccine are more likely to have side effects according to Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation [JCVI].

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But the good news is that side effects are more common after receiving the first dose, with a reduced effect from the second one 12 weeks later.

Prof Anthony Harnden was asked about the vaccine side effects by the BBC on Monday.

He told the channel: “The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – for the first dose – seems to give quite a lot of minor side effects like a very sore arm; fever; malaise; headache and sometimes chills which may last for up to 48 hours afterwards.

“They do seem to be more common in women and in younger women.

“With the Pfizer vaccine, which we are given at the moment, it seems to be the reverse – side effects are more likely with the second vaccine.

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“The message is once you’ve had your first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – if you do get some side effects which are unpleasant take some paracetamol.

“And don’t not have your second vaccine because of the side effects because the second vaccine is likely to be less reactogenic than the first.”

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