We are all familiar with the key symptoms which could suggest you have Covid-19. 

As the vaccination programme moves forward scientists have been looking at the most common symptoms if you are fully vaccinated. 

The team behind the Covid Symptom Study, an app which tracks people with coronavirus symptoms in the UK, has found people who have had both jabs were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom. 

The team said they generally saw similar symptoms being reported by both people who were vaccinated and those who were not vaccinated. 

However, they found fewer symptoms were reported over a shorter period of time by those who had already had a jab, suggesting that they were falling less seriously ill and getting better more quickly.

These are the current ranking of Covid symptoms after two vaccinations:

  1. Headache
  2. Runny nose
  3. Sneezing
  4. Sore throat
  5. Other


The previous ‘traditional’ symptoms as still outlined on the government website, such as anosmia (loss of smell), shortness of breath and fever rank way down the list, at 11, 29 and 12 respectively.

A persistent cough now ranks at number eight if you’ve had two vaccine doses, so is no longer the top indicator of having Covid.

They noticed that people who had been vaccinated and then tested positive for Covid-19 were more likely to report sneezing as a symptom compared with those without a jab.

It has led to scientists saying if you’ve been vaccinated and start sneezing a lot without an explanation, you should get a Covid test.

It comes as the number of Covid-19 patients on ventilators in England’s hospitals has climbed to its highest level for more than two months, new figures show.

Analysis by the PA news agency shows that the average number of patients in hospitals in England is also climbing, with younger people driving the rise.

The average number of patients with Covid-19 in England in mechanical ventilation beds stood at 245 on June 29, according to the NHS England figures.

This is up from 206 a week earlier and is the highest since April 24, having dipped as low as 113 on May 29.

The number is still far below the peak of the second wave, when the average hit a high of 3,676 on January 26.