COVID Vaccine Clinic - Additional Information

posted May 19, 2021, 3:41 AM by Jorge Goncalves

Hello NAMS Families,

We are thrilled to report that the first NAMS Covid Vaccine Clinic went very well and we want to update you with some information.

Our second dose vaccine clinic will be on June 7th. We will be in touch via email soon with additional information and consent forms.

We will be giving students their vaccination cards after their 2nd/final dose of the Pfizer vaccine series on Monday June 7. (If you have an extraordinary circumstance and need the card before that, please respond to this email to let us know. Please understand your student would need to bring the card back to school on June 7th to have it completed as we do not have extra cards to replace any lost cards.)

Here is some information about possible side effects from the vaccine and some helpful tips from the CDC website

Thank you for the opportunity to vaccinate your student. If you have any questions, we are happy to discuss. Please call or email us in the Health Office. 


Kathleen Pease, BSN, RN, NCSN & Jess Wolfe, BSN, RN

NAMS School Nurse

Direct Line: (978) 557-7902

Fax:(978) 794-3619

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Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated Mar. 16, 2021



COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.

Common Side Effects

On the arm where you got the shot:


  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:


  • Tiredness

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Nausea

Helpful Tips

Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.

It is not recommended you take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects.

To reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot


  • Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area.

  • Use or exercise your arm.

To reduce discomfort from fever


  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Dress lightly.



If You Received a Second Shot

Side effects after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.

When to Call the Doctor


In most cases, discomfort from pain or fever is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider:

  • If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours

  • If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days

If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions.


  • Side effects can affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine needs 2 shots in order to get the most protection. You should get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.

  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech  vaccine. You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated.

  • After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you may be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.

  • We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. CDC will continue to update recommendations as we know more.