UAE: Should you take a day off to rest after Covid jab?

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UAE
  • Date: 07/20/2021
  • Source: Khaleej Times
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Country: UAE

UAE: Should you take a day off to rest after Covid jab?

Though vaccination effects could vary from one person to another, UAE doctors advise residents to rest and avoid strenuous activities after the Covid jab. After receiving either the first and second dose of the vaccine, "it is not recommended to do intense exercise or heavy work activities like swimming or get exposed to the sun", said Dr Gelan Sadek, family medicine specialist at Medcare Medical Centre, Mirdif. However, Dr Sadek stressed that not all people who have taken the vaccine should rest the entire day. "It basically depends on the person. If the individual is having intense side effects, then it is better for them to take an entire day off. But for some, there may not be any side effects so they can carry out their day normally." Most people are likely to experience minor side effects, but these are a sign that the body is building immune protection, said Dr Anjali Bantwal, clinical pathology specialist at Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah. "Some of the common side effects are pain, swelling, and redness on the arm where you received the vaccine, chills or mild fever, tiredness, headaches, and joint pain or muscle ache." These effects go away in a day