Media personality and celebrated actress Eve D’Souza who is currently based in Dubai is among the first Kenyans to have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
In a detailed post shared on her social media, D’Souza shared her personal experience and highlighted the side effects as well as important details on what others planning to get the jab should expect.
According to the actress, the injection is painless and she did not experience any side effects within the first 5 hours after getting the jab which almost convinced that her that she was in the clear.
“I thought I had escaped post vaccine symptoms. I did not take any paracetamol beforehand or when I got home.”
It is in the hours after that she had to deal with a painful feeling at the injection area as well as fatigue.
Despite having taken paracetamol to curb the symptoms, other side effects she experienced include joint pain, mild fever and generally feeling unwell. She however managed the side effects by taking paracetamol.
“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.” she added
A summary of her experience would be the fact that this vaccine exposes one to a 1-2 day long discomfort.
In an apparent exuding of confidence, D’Souza said some of the symptoms are a clear indication that the vaccine is designed to protect.
The actress is expected to take her second jab of the vaccine in 10 weeks time and stronger side effects are expected in the second dose as highlighted by experts.
D’Souza’s experience comes at a time when Kenyans are set to be vaccinated with healthworkers, teachers among the groups that have been prioritized. Celebrities like Nick Mutuma have also been spearheading conversations in order to create awareness on the same.