Four Covid symptoms to look out for in rare event you get virus after having jab

More than 60 million people have been given a dose of Coronavirus vaccine in the UK, a huge milestone as the country bids to move back to normal life after the pandemic.

But while taking the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially deadly disease, there have been reports of people still testing positive for Covid-19 after taking it.

This is because it can take several weeks for the body to develop protection against the illness and the current vaccines need two doses to be fully effective.

Scientists at King’s College in London have been researching cases of infection after vaccine, by examining data from around 1.1 million people who had been vaccinated between last December and mid May.

They found that 2,278 adults tested positive after vaccination, or just 0.2 per cent. That figure drops even further for those who had two doses, with just 187, or 0.03 per cent catching Covid.

Researchers identified a number of symptoms to keep an eye out for after you’ve had your vaccine, and we’ve listed them below.

1. Sneezing

The study found It was 24 per cent more common in people under 60

Although not included as one of the key symptoms of the disease, scientists say sneezing may need to be monitored.

It was 24 per cent more common in people under 60 with Covid-19 after getting their jab.

Sneezing was the only symptom which was more commonly reported in vaccinated people with Covid.

The King’s College London researchers looked at hundreds of thousands of people in the UK using the ZOE Covid Symptom Study app.

But the study found those who had been vaccinated against the virus were less likely to report any of the original symptoms of coronavirus.

2. Shortness of breath

The King's College London researchers feel a shortness of breath shouldn't be ignored
The King’s College researchers feel a shortness of breath shouldn’t be ignored

Although a variety of health conditions can trigger shortness of breath, Covid can be one of them.

If you are feeling out of breath, or winded after a jab it could be worth getting a test.

Vaccinated people with Covid-19 reported similar levels of shortness of breath, the study says.

But it’s important to note that vaccinated adults who contract Covidv experience a less severe illness than those who haven’t had the jab, researchers added.

3. Earache

Earache has been described by some people with Covid
Earache has been described by some people with Covid

Earache is another potential symptom people who have had the Coronavirus vaccine should be aware of.

Covid patients who haven’t had the jab have complained of tinnitus, a condition that causes a persistent ringing sound in the ears, and muffled hearing.

If you suffer from ear pain in the days after taking the vaccine, it could be a sign you’ve caught the disease.

4. Swollen glands

Four new Covid symptoms to watch out for have been released
Four new Covid symptoms to watch out for have been released

A less common side effect after the vaccine is swollen glands in the armpit or neck.

While they usually go away within a few days, they could also be a sign of infection.

However, anyone who has taken the vaccine should be aware that one in four people experience side effects, including sweating, chills, fatigue and aches.

They usually peak in the first 24 hours after injection and last one to two days. If you have symptoms after that and are concerned, it’s best to ask for medical advice.

  • Do you have symptoms that worry you? Call NHS 111 for advice, or if you have one of the three official symptoms, check how you can book an NHS Covid-19 test here.

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