TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- People may be concerned about potential side effects when getting a coronavirus vaccine.
Jeremy Blanchard of North Mississippi Medical Center said side effects happen more in some people than they do in others.
He also said it's important to understand that there is a difference between a side effect and an adverse reaction.
"Muscle-aches, headache, fever," Blanchard said are just a few of the common side effects.
He added people may experience soreness in the arm, and some others.
"Sometimes just a feeling of fatigue, sometimes there can be a little bit of a GI issue like upset stomach, little bit of diarrhea," he said.
Terri Green of NMMC received her shot. She had mild side effects.
"I was a little worried about it, but actually the worst was just a little soreness in my arm, and that was it," Green said.
Alecia Gardner said she got the Moderna vaccine and had a good experience.
"No side effects. Other than a sore and heavy arm," Gardner said.
"A side effect is sort of what you get with a flu shot," Blanchard explained.
Blanchard added that if a person has side effects from the coronavirus vaccine, they are usually milder effects.
An adverse reaction is where people need medical attention.
Blanchard said NMMC gave approximately 20,000 SHOTS, with a very low number of reactions.
"We've had three reportable adverse reactions, but we've had a lot of people have side effects," he said.
Blanchard explained the second shot has side effects that are a little bit worse than the first, adding side effects are almost always gone within 24 to 72 hours.
Nurse Practitioner Sheila Tice of Friendship Medical Clinic added to that, saying that symptoms are usually mild, and Tylenol can help.
"It's just gonna be some redness at the site, injection site, maybe a little fever later on, headache," Tice said.
Blanchard also explained that doctors are trying to discourage people from getting a vaccine right after getting over the coronavirus.
He said side effects can be much worse during that time, and he advised that people might want to wait 3 To 6 months after recovering before getting A vaccine.