Kenyans from across the country a set to be vaccinated in the fight against Covid-19 following the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 3, 2021.

A section of the public has, however, detailed their concerns regarding the potential effects of the vaccine calling for leaders and prominent persons to take the jab first as a show of confidence.

Media personality Eve D'Souza popularly known for her role as Varshita on Maisha Magic East show Varshita, detailed her experience after getting vaccinated on March 4.

File image of Varsha actors Eve D'Souza and Maqbul Mohammed. |Photo| Courtesy|

The renowned actress revealed that she did not feel any pain around the area of the injection neither did she experience any pain for the first five hours. She did not take any paracetamol before the process or when she got home.

"Around five hours after the jab I started to feel: Pain and discomfort where the injection was given plus fatigue. I took 1000mg paracetamol which helped. In the middle of the night I woke up with join pain, mild fever and generally felt unwell," She narrated.

"Again I took 1000mg of paracetamol and the side effects subsided. The key is to keep taking paracetamol every 6 to 8 hours for the first 48 hours. The discomfort typically lasts around 24 to 48 hours," she added.

Expert opinion indicates that the side effects are as a result of the body reacting to the vaccine and is expected to be stronger in younger people than the elderly.

D'Souza who currently resides in the United Arab Emirates was vaccinated in Dubai. She revealed that she has scheduled her second dose of the vaccine.

"You will need to take your second shot of AstraZeneca 8 to 12 weeks later. I am scheduled to take mine in the next 10 weeks," She stated.

"No pain no gain I say," D'Souza concluded.

Experts indicate that one is more likely to suffer stronger side effects after a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine than the first.

Some of the most common side effects of the vaccine may include; tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising where the injection is administered, generally feeling unwell, fatigue, fever, headache, nausea, and joint pain.

President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged of the distribution of the vaccine across the country on March 4 with health workers expected to be the first recipients of the jabs.


Varshita actress Eve D'Souza poses with children at a Varshita Meet and Grill event held at garden City Mall on May 26, 2018. |Photo| Courtesy|