Coronavirus vaccines are now being administered to all who are above the age group of 18 years across the world. The vaccines which are currently available in the market are said to cause mild to moderate side effects post-vaccination.
One of the most common symptoms post COVID-19 vaccination is pain and body ache but during this should one take painkillers to reduce down the pain? Is a very common question. Well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) it has been warned that taking painkillers before a Covid-19 shot to prevent potential side effects is not advised, as it may impact the vaccines’ efficacy.
The other common question is what should one do if he or she is suffering from fever, body ache, and pain after getting jabbed? Well, the WHO says that one can take “paracetamol or other painkillers” to control side effects such as pain, fever, headache, or muscle aches post vaccination but not before getting the vaccine shot.
‘It Is Not Recommended to Take Painkillers’
After several fake posts on the internet created a need for taking antihistamines and other painkillers available over the counter, before getting the Covid shots to help relieve the potential side effects of the vaccine. A spokesperson was quoted as saying that, “Taking painkillers such as paracetamol before receiving the Covid-19 vaccine to prevent side effects is not recommended.” “This is because it is not known how painkillers may affect how well the vaccine works.” “However, you may take paracetamol or other painkillers if you do develop side effects such as pain, fever, headache, or muscle aches after vaccination.”
Painkillers May Limit Vaccine’s Efficacy, Says WHO
According to WHO, the common side effects of the vaccine-like, arm soreness, headaches, or tiredness, are minor in most cases. But while antihistamines can mitigate certain allergic reactions, they are not designed to prevent them. However, experts have advised against taking vaccines unless one develops side effects.
But, “if you’re already on any medication at all, you should check with your local doctor, as some people may be advised to keep taking antihistamines for rashes and other allergic reactions,” Professor Luke O’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, was quoted as saying. “But there’s no reason to start taking painkillers ahead of the vaccine, just in case they might limit vaccine efficacy,” he added.