Some people who get the COVID-19 vaccine may experience arm soreness — a sign the immune system is working!
In a segment for NBC 5, Maria Reese, MD, attending physician, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, shared five stretches that can help relieve this temporary side effect:
- shoulder stretch
- open and close
- snow angel
- overhead press
- side and front wall slide
"You may experience soreness at the injection site. The site of the injection is the springboard for the immune response — so, when we feel our arms getting sore, it's a sign that our bodies are mounting protection against the virus," Dr. Reese said. "The benefits of the vaccine greatly outweigh any temporary discomfort one may experience.”