As a rule, you can continue to lead a normal life after the vaccination, but please remember to follow national and regional recommendations to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection, such as good hand and coughing hygiene, keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a mask.
About the vaccination
There are several COVID-19 vaccines in use in Finland. The vaccine to be used is determined according to the guidelines issued by THL and the municipality responsible for vaccinations. You can find detailed information about the different vaccines at THL's website.
- General symptoms: headache, joint and muscle pain, fever, chills, fatigue or nausea
- Local symptoms at the injection site: heat, redness, swelling, pain, itching, rash
General and local symptoms usually disappear within a few days. Extensive local reactions may last longer. However, this does not usually indicate an allergy.
General and local symptoms are not dangerous. They do not prevent you from getting the booster vaccination.
Treatment of symptoms
You can relieve headaches, fever, and joint and muscle pain with antipyretics and painkillers such as paracetamol. Ibuprofen or naproxen suppresses and treats local reactions at the injection site. Cortisone cream or an antihistamine can relieve itchy skin. A cold compress can reduce heat and swelling.
If symptoms persist
You cannot get a COVID-19 infection from the vaccine.
Fever and slight rise in temperature may be due to the vaccination, but they can also be COVID-19-related symptoms. Please stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours without an antipyretic.
If the rise in temperature persists for more than 3 days or if you develop other symptoms indicating COVID-19, please book a COVID-19 test.
Like all medicines, this vaccine can cause side effects. In Finland, information on suspected adverse reactions to medicines and vaccines is collected in Fimea’s Register for adverse drug reactions, where health care professionals and users of medicines can report suspected or observed adverse reactions.
Reporting instructions can be found on the website of the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea. You can also find information about previous reports there. Most symptoms are mild and short-lived and occur in only a small proportion of those vaccinated.
Submitting a report on an adverse reaction (Fimea)