Having some mild side effects from the Covid vaccines should be expected and is totally normal, the DHSC has said.

This comes after a number of people told Gef they have felt ill for up to two days after receiving their vaccine. This includes DHSC staff who were then advised to take annual leave to cover their sick period by managers.

A DHSC spokesperson said: We’re aware that some staff members (like anyone else) have felt side effects, and feeling unwell after the second dose of vaccination for 24 to 48 hours has been reported. All reported ‘un-wellness’ has been within the expected range. 

‘If anyone feels unwell and is not able to perform their role, they would be best to refrain from coming to work and to advise their manager that they are unwell following the usual sickness absence process. People are not expected to take annual leave.

‘Both of the current Covid-19 vaccines, like all medicines, can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. In clinical studies with the vaccines, most side effects were mild to moderate in nature and resolved within a few days with some still present a week after vaccination. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose. Having the second dose gives the best protection against the virus.’

Side Effects info FAQs page:  https://www.gov.im/covid19vaccine#accordion

Patients are given information on the vaccine they have received and can report any suspected side effect using the Coronavirus Yellow Card safety scheme https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/