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COVID-19: Johnson and Johnson Vaccine’s Side Effects that Kenyans Should Be Prepared For

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With the rollout of the AstraZeneca ongoing in the country, the government is planning to boost their vaccine stock with the Johnson and Johnson vaccines. This means that Kenyans should now prepare for the side effects associated with the new vaccine. The vaccine is already in use in countries like the United States and the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that it is different from the other COVID-19 shots in distinct ways. One major difference is that the Johnson and Johnson is given in one dose. 

Here are the possible side effects individuals who will receive the new vaccine will experience;


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4 in 10 Johnson and Johnson’s recipients in the United States have reported headaches. The FDA says the vaccine saw many of its recipients undergo or experience some headache for few days after receiving the jab. 


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3 out 10 people who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine reported muscle pain, otherwise known as myalgia, and in most of these people the pain in the muscles lasted for two days. In other people, they experienced the pain for more than seven days. 

Pain in the injected area

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According to the FDA, this was the most widespread side effect of Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 5 out of 10 people who received the shot in the US experienced this side effect with the majority of them aged between 18 and 59. 


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Pain on the injected spot was accompanied by swelling. The FDA reports that there is no need to worry about this because only 1 person in 100 people complained of the swellings. 


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Many people about 40 in a group of a hundred reported cases of generally feeling weak days after taking the vaccine. However, there is no cause for alarm as it only lasted for two days in the majority of Americans who have received the jab. 

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