Coronavirus Omicron variant: Symptoms post-vaccine include cough, fatigue and congestion


Over 70 percent of Britons have now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine but many more need to roll up their sleeves. The message from public health experts could not be clearer: to stop the NHS from becoming overwhelmed in the coming weeks, all eligible Britons must complete the primary series (two doses) followed by a booster shot. Evidence shows Omicron avoids some of the antibody attention induced by two shots a Covid vaccine.

An initial report conducted by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted the Omicron symptoms to expect after two doses of a vaccine.

It is based on 43 cases of the Omicron variant detected in the US.

Among these cases of COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant, 34 (79 percent) occurred in persons who completed the primary series of an FDA-authorised or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

“The most commonly reported symptoms were cough, fatigue, and congestion or runny nose,” noted the CDC.

The findings echo insights from other health experts.

Christina Marriott, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said: “Growing evidence shows that people who’ve received two doses of the vaccine typically present with less severe symptoms, such as headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and loss of smell.

“It’s important for people who’ve been fully vaccinated to stay vigilant for cold-like symptoms and get tested if they’re living or working around people who are at greater risk from the disease.”

The symptom profile generally resembles cold-like symptoms, Professor Tim Spector, from Britain’s ZOE Covid app has noted.



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