Experts: People Who Took Vaccine Jab Should Not Exercise For 14 Days Instead Of 7 Days


Before COVID-19 emerged, exercise was like another contagious virus you wanted to avoid.

Then the circuit breaker hit, and exercise suddenly became our only priority in life; an objective that if left unaccomplished, would severely depress us.

And with an infectious virus roaming around, exercising is more important than ever.

This is why we’ve seen sad gym buffs crying on the streets in the last few months; the authorities announced earlier this year that vaccine recipients should not exercise for a week after their shot.

But is seven days really enough? Well, some experts believe we should hold exercise off for a little longer than that.

Experts: People Who Took Vaccine Jab Should Not Exercise For 14 Days, Not 7 Days

Just took a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine? Well, you should avoid strenuous exercise for the next two weeks.

At least that’s what some experts here believe.

In an updated advisory, the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination said that vaccine recipients, particularly adolescents and those of younger age, should avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks after their shots.

This is for both the first and second doses.

“Local and overseas data continue to show a small risk of developing myocarditis or pericarditis after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, occurring predominantly in younger persons and after dose 2,” the committee said yesterday (16 Sep).

In Singapore, the incident rate after the second dose is 1.06 per 100,000 doses administered. It’s a little higher in males below 30 years old, with the rate being 4.84 per 100,000 doses administered.

While most of the cases reported previously had occurred within one week of vaccination, the Health Sciences Authority had also started to receive reports of some cases that occurred within the second week of vaccination.

This is why the committee is advising those getting their vaccines to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks after both doses, especially if they’re young.

“During this time, they should seek medical attention promptly if they develop chest pain, shortness of breath or palpitations,” it said.

The good news is that most local cases of vaccine-related myocarditis in the younger age group have been mild. Furthermore, most have also responded well to treatment and are recovering or were discharged well from the hospital.

What Not to Do Before Vaccination 

We know what to avoid after getting jabbed, but is there anything we should do before getting our vaccine?


Well, one thing we should all do is avoid alcohol before and after vaccination, as it can cause dehydration and make nausea worse.

You should also avoid trying any new products just before and after vaccination, be it food or cosmetics.

Do read up about the vaccine and its side effects before you go for your shot as well, and make sure you’re well-rested and have a hearty meal before getting jabbed.

Once you get your vaccine, it’s all about rest, rest, and more rest.

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