Pfizer booster shot: Expect ‘arthralgias’ to be likely after a third vaccine

Side effects from all the Covid vaccines, including the booster, are to be expected. Dr Rambod Rouhbakhsh points out “arthralgias” could be one of them.

What is arthralgias?

Experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine explained that arthralgias describes joint stiffness. Another side effect might “possibly [include] some muscle aches”.

Dr Rouhbakhsh added other side effects might include “injection-site pain and swelling, fatigue, [and] headache”.

While the side effects may cause short-term discomfort, the long-term health benefits outweigh the risks.

“The booster will help to reduce the risk of you needing admission to hospital due to COVID-19 infection this winter,” the NHS certified.

Who is eligible for the booster?

  • People aged 50 and over
  • People who live and work in care homes
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • People aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • People aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • People aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

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Those eligible for the Covid booster will either receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

This means that if you had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine the first couple of times around, your vaccines will be mixed.

Some people might be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca if they can not have the Pfizer or Moderna jab.

Do not fear, however, that your vaccine efficacy would be reduced if you mix and match jabs.


Immunologist Martina Sester said that mixing vaccines is “as effective as one would expect”.

How to cope with side effects

To help cope with the side effects of the Covid booster, the NHS recommends rest and taking paracetamol.

How do I get a Covid booster?

If you are eligible, you will be offered a Covid booster six months after you had your second dose.

You can either wait for the NHS to get in contact with you to book an appointment, or you can go into a walk-in clinic.

Coronavirus in the UK

The latest Government data – last updated on Monday, November 1 – demonstrates the current coronavirus trends.

Overall, the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is on the decline.

This could, however, could mean people are not testing as frequently.

Unfortunately, the number of patients admitted to hospital is still steadily increasing.

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