Vaccines are a vital part of Boris Johnson’s plan to beat the virus and get the country back to normal, but they can have their own side effects.
Many of the reactions people have reported after receiving a jab include skin problems.
These are rare, and generally nothing to worry about, according to a new study.
The study looked at both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and found four main reactions, with the two vaccines appearing to produce a similar number of reactions.
The most common were rashes and itching elsewhere than where the injection was given.
The second most common were patients reporting hives – a raised, itchy rash that can spread throughout the body.
Other people who have been bitten have reported suffering from swelling or angioedema – the swelling of the tissues under the skin.
The study was performed by allergists at Massachusetts General Hospital who concluded that reactions were rare, with almost 2% of 49,197 people later reporting skin reactions after their vaccination.
The study also found that men were less likely to have a skin reaction after receiving any of the vaccines compared to women.
About 85% of women report a skin reaction following a jab, while only 15% of men have.
And allergists also said that in the group they studied, it was not common for patients to experience the same reaction again when they were given their second dose.
Eight in 10 people (83 percent of the group) who had experienced an itchy or rash for the first time after their first jab did not report any other problems.
Lead author Lacey B. Robinson, MD, MPH, allergist and MGH researcher, said skin reactions shouldn’t prevent people from getting a second dose.
She said: “For those that occur within hours of vaccination, or for severe reactions at any time, patients should see an allergist or immunologist who can assess and provide advice on the dose 2 vaccination.”
The research has been published in JAMA Dermatology.