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Vaccines and Covid-19 symptoms, with and without vaccinations

Following yesterday’s announcement about the further unlocking of restrictions on 19 July, we wanted to add a note of caution.

Having both Covid-19 vaccinations greatly reduces risk your risk of catching Covid-19 and symptom severity if you do become infected. It also decreases your chances of developing Long Covid. Evidence is that, particularly for the Delta variant, most protection comes from the second vaccination.

Even having two vaccinations does not completely prevent you catching Covid-19 and you still need to take reasonable precautions. If you do develop symptoms of Covid-19, even if you are double-vaccinated, please get a PCR test as soon as possible.

The Zoe Symptom Study asks people to report their symptoms every day. Their data shows that almost one third of people who have Covid-19 don’t have cough, fever or loss or change in sense of smell in the early stages of the illness. Other symptoms that were experienced frequently were fatigue, sore throat, headache and diarrhoea.

On 23 June 2021 the Zoe Symptom Study published lists of the most commonly reported symptoms for people depending on their vaccination status.

Top 5 symptoms of Covid-19 reported in double-vaccinated people

  1. Headache
  2. Runny nose
  3. Sneezing
  4. Sore throat
  5. Loss of sense of smell

Sneezing was more commonly reported as a symptom among people who had been double-vaccinated compared to unvaccinated people.

Top 5 symptoms of Covid-19 reported by people who have had one vaccine dose

  1. Headache
  2. Sore throat
  3. Runny nose
  4. Fever
  5. Loss of sense of smell

Top 5 symptoms of Covid-19 reported by unvaccinated people

  1. Headache
  2. Sore throat
  3. Runny nose
  4. Fever
  5. Persistent cough