Should I be worried if I don’t get any side-effects? Does it mean the vaccine didn’t work?

Question: 

Should I be worried if I don’t get any side-effects? Does it mean the vaccine didn’t work?

Answer: 
Side-effects are not an indication of whether or not the vaccine is working.
 
It is true that side effects are normal signs that the vaccine is working and your body is building protection. However, this doesn’t mean you should be worried if you don’t have side-effects. For example, both the approved mRNA vaccines provided protective immunity to over 90% of recipients in the clinical trials, but more than 50% reported no side-effects. In other words, most people did not experience any reactions, but had full immunity.
 
So, if you didn't feel any side effects after your COVID-19 vaccine, it's not something to worry about—you still have the same protection as someone who experienced a side-effect!
 
 
 

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Date last reviewed: 
Monday, May 31, 2021