Most people will feel fine post-vaccination and have minimal side effects, so they will not require any time off work. However, if you have side effects and feel too unwell to go to work, you will be granted sick leave according to your standard policy. In most workplaces, this means visiting your doctor for a doctor’s note if you require more than two days off in a row.

Common side effects which can occur after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine include pain, swelling or redness, where the vaccine was injected. Mild fever, chills, feeling tired, having a headache and muscle and joint pains. These effects should only last between two and three days.

However, if you develop any more serious side effects like swelling of the face and throat, a rash, fast heart rate, or difficulty breathing, you must urgently seek medical attention. These side effects are very rare.