7 People Living with MS Share Their COVID-19 Vaccine Stories

Members of the MS Healthline community share what it was like getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you live with a chronic health condition like multiple sclerosis (MS), getting a COVID-19 vaccine may feel like a big decision.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to cause a relapse or worsen MS symptoms.

Still, it’s understandable to have questions or concerns about how the vaccine might affect you.

If you’re currently taking medications that affect your immune system, your doctor will be able to confirm if now is the best time for you to get vaccinated.

If your doctor has already recommended that you get vaccinated but you’re still feeling unsure, it can help to hear from others with MS who have been there. Here’s what members of the MS Healthline community had to say.

“I had Pfizer and only experienced a sore arm with both shots. I may have been a little tired the next day from the first dose but I’m not sure if it was from the vaccine or just being tired from not getting enough sleep the night before.” — Frances Murray

“I got Pfizer about a week ago and the only side effect I noticed was a slightly swollen triceps. Actually, my wife pointed it out, I didn’t feel it.” — AlanS

“I had Pfizer and had no issues at all! I did drink a lot of water after, but I don’t know if that did anything to help. It was worth a shot. Good luck; you’ll be fine!” — NicP

“I take Ocrevus and my doctor said to get the vaccine. I had both doses of Moderna and have had no issues other than a sore arm for half the day. I also took Tylenol and drank lots of water after the second dose. I got my vaccine 4 months after my last infusion.” — Dana

“With the first shot my arm was sore for 3 days, nothing else. I had my second shot Monday and I felt a bit tired that evening. The next morning I experienced a bit of brain fog and felt somewhat achy most of the day. I took Tylenol and was fine Wednesday when I woke up.” — Anonymous

“Don’t be scared — drink lots of water and eat food. You may feel like you are getting the start of the flu but it won’t be — just some body aches.” — Murad Khan

“I had Moderna and had some side effects but they only lasted a day. Well worth it. Good luck and don’t be afraid! It will help you.” — Tom CL

Health experts agree that the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine significantly outweigh the risks, especially for individuals living with chronic conditions.

Navigating health decisions while living with MS can be stressful. Finding a community that understands what you are going through can make it easier.

The MS Healthline community gets it, and is here to help.


Elinor Hills is an associate editor at Healthline. She’s passionate about the intersection of emotional well-being and physical health as well as how individuals form connections through shared medical experiences. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, photography, drawing, and spending way too much of her time running.

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