Coronavirus vaccine side-effect: What is 'COVID arm'?

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9th March, 2021 03:02:20 printer

Coronavirus vaccine side-effect: What is 'COVID arm'?

While with the rollout of the vaccine for coronavirus, people have breathed a sigh of relief, the side-effects that have come along with the vaccine have raised quite a lot of doubt in the public.

That said, one of the most prominent and talked about vaccine reactions is the 'COVID arm':

What is COVID arm?

If you have got the COVID vaccine and have noticed a swollen skin rash around the injected area, then chances are that you have developed a 'COVID arm'.

Signs you have got a COVID arm

While COVID arm is associated with the vaccine jab, it is most likely that the signs of side-effects, appear after you've received the dose. As per experts some of the known and common signs of COVID arms are as follows.

- Redness

- Swelling

- Skin tenderness near the vaccinated area that develops eight or more days after getting the vaccine

Is 'COVID arm' serious? What does research say

While the condition sounds and appears severe, according to researchers, COVID arm is not as serious and is harmless.

Who is more likely to experience this side-effect of COVID vaccine?

According to a New England Journal of Medicine report, 12 patients who had got the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines had developed signs of 'COVID arm' including rashes.

Additionally, such reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine have been higher in women than in men.


Prior to getting the COVID vaccine, be aware of the do's and don'ts of the vaccination process.

  1. Start by consulting your doctor and making sure that you don't fall into high risk categories.
  2. If you're above 45 and someone with pre-existing medical conditions and comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, renal illnesses, then it is crucial that you consult your doctor and ask them whether it is safe to take the vaccine jab or not.
  3. Besides that, you must also get a clearance for certain medications that can increase your chances of developing an allergic reaction.
  4. After getting the vaccine, get yourself administered by your physician for any allergic reactions.
  5. Once you get the vaccine jab, do not discontinue wearing masks and practicing social distancing, as these measures are still very necessary.