Covid vaccine: Viral TikTok ‘windmill’ arm hack for jab side effects is useless, scientists say

Covid vaccine: Viral TikTok ‘windmill’ arm hack for jab side effects is useless, scientists say

According to specialists, a "hack" for avoiding sore arms after receiving the Covid vaccine that has gone viral on social media is pointless and will not assist.

The procedure, which involves spinning the arm like a windmill to try to relieve arm discomfort after getting the shot, has gone viral on TikTok in recent months.

After getting vaccinated, one TikTokker, @chellyfst @chellyfst @chellyfst @chelly, posted a video of herself flailing her arm erratically in circles. There were almost 15,000 likes and 151 comments on the post.

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The tip spread to other social media networks as well.

Rana Good, a travel journalist with 10,000 Instagram followers, posted a video of herself "windmilling" with the caption: "I saw this on Tiktok… and thought it was worth trying – turns out the windmill WORKS.".

“I couldn’t use my arm for 1-2 days after the first shot; this time it felt about 75% less. Do this after you’ve had your shot, which should be within 15 minutes. Rep a couple times throughout the day

Experts, however, have debunked the myth, claiming that the hack "won’t do anything" to alleviate arm pain following the jab.

Beate Kampmann, professor of paediatric infection and immunity and director of the Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said the move was “harmless, looks very silly and won’t do anything.”

“The aching arm does not occur immediately because the immunological reaction has not yet occurred, and it does not affect everyone,” he told the Guardian.

“Let folks wave their arms if that makes them feel better – it’s just a brief injection on the day,” she continued.

Prof Adam Finn, on the other hand, believes the swinging could have a "significant" placebo effect.

He told the newspaper, "I doubt it is dangerous – or helpful beyond any placebo effect, which may be substantial.".

Earlier this week, social media sites including TikTok announced they were joining the Government in an effort to encourage young people to get vaccinated, introducing a series of features and hosting events and campaigns to boost the roll-out.

Scientists claim that using social media, celebrities, and role models can help young people overcome their fears about the vaccine, with those aged 16 to 29 expressing the highest rates of apprehension.