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Side Effects of Covid-19 Booster Doses

Know the side effects of the Covid-19 booster shot or 3rd dose of the vaccine. Check the possible effects of the dose 3 of Covid-19 and their remedies.

  • 5,098 Views | Updated on: Jul 27, 2023

Description: The world is still reeling from the aftermath of the COVID pandemic. The booster dose has been introduced as a remedy to overcome the fatal impacts of the disease.

The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has created a chain of disasters whose side effects are still processed and felt by people. This pandemic has affected the lives of many people. To overcome this disease and to help people fight it, the COVID booster was introduced as the only remedy and precautionary measure to over cover this problem.

However, the vaccine is backed by side effects that one could feel after the first and the second doses. The side effects of COVID booster depend upon the type of COVID vaccine you are taking. In India, majorly two kinds of COVID vaccines were used, namely:


Both booster doses have different symptoms and doses given to the people.
While vaccines are the best solution to prevent the adverse impact of the virus on the body, it is equally important to know about the symptoms or side-effects you might experience after getting the shot. This article will help you know about the side effects of COVID booster. Keep scrolling through to know the details:

Side-Effects of COVID Booster

Like any other vaccine, there are some minor symptoms that one experiences. However, doctors state that the side effects after the second booster dose are

comparatively less than those after the first shot. The delayed side effects of the COVID vaccine are difficulty in breathing, swelling in the throat, and rashes on the body. Your blood pressure could also drop in some severe cases. In addition, the symptom of allergy is seen after six weeks of vaccination.

Here are some common side effects people experience after getting their booster dose.


One of the most common symptoms of the booster dose is to feel fatigued the other day after getting the booster dose. In addition, people feel lazy and dizzy at work and show some signs of weakness.


This symptom was more frequently observed in individuals who got COVAXIN and took a booster dose. But, the effect of nausea is usually mild, and there are no severe cases that came into focus. Nevertheless, nausea undoubtedly has an impact on people’s appetite.


This side effect of COVID booster is seen in fewer people, but the influence can be pretty evident after the first COVID dose. Lymphadenopathy could be caused because of the following reasons:

  • Bacteria
  • Viral
  • Viral Fungal infections.


Headache is undoubtedly a prevalent symptom that people face after getting vaccinated. It was the prominent side effect of COVID booster shots.


Most doctors state that people can get a slight fever after the booster dose, which can continue until the following day. However, fever is a pervasive side effect because changes in body temperature are a typical result of the presence of any additional fluid in the body.

Pain in Arms

After getting a vaccine, almost every person feels pain in their arms. This symptom has been witnessed for both COVAXIN and COVISHIELD vaccines. The arm pain could elevate the day following the shot but does not restrict your movement at most times.

Body Aches

Another commonly observed after-effect of COVID booster dose is low to mild body aches the next day of getting the vaccine, especially in the back or shoulders. However, after getting the vaccine, body aches are normal and do not last for more than a day of booster shots.


Since the booster shot helps in increasing the immunity, like any other vaccine, some side effects are normal. To cope up with the side effects a couple remedies to look at are:

  • Rest
  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Stay indoors
  • Consult a doctor before consuming a paracetamol

Does Booster Dose Cause Allergies?

During the very first phase of vaccines, most people had apprehensions about getting the shots. And one of the most common concerns was regarding the vaccine’s allergic response to individuals. The COVID booster shot does not cause any allergies in particular. But if you have any prior problems, it is always best to consult your doctors before taking the vaccine. Likewise, though it is a rare scenario, in case you get any allergies after the dose, it’s recommended to seek the advice of a doctor.

Despite all this, these delayed side effects of the COVID vaccine are recoverable. Therefore, getting a COVID booster is crucial to stay safe.

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

Amit Raje
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Amit Raje

Amit Raje is an experienced marketer who has worked in various Fintechs and leading Financial companies in India. With focused experience in Digital, Amit has pioneered multiple digital commerce in India. Now, close to two decades later, he is the vice president and head of the D2C business department. He masters the skill of strategic management, also being certified in it from IIMA. He has challenged his challenges and contributed his efforts in this journey of digital transformation.

Amit Raje
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