With the arrival of the first coronavirus vaccine came the arrival of the first reported severe side effects—two medical workers in the U.K. had a bad allergic reaction, leading to the FDA today to warn Americans that if they have a history of severe allergic reactions, they should not take the vaccine, either. Other than that, “we have not seen any severe adverse events that we could relate to the vaccine thus far,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert. “Safety is a very important issue,” he said, adding that “when you look at the hundreds and hundreds of millions of people who’ve been vaccinated, the long-term adverse events have been less than minuscule in the big picture of the protection that you get from a vaccine.” Nonetheless, they exist. The FDA just announced them publicly for the first time. Read on to see their warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Says the FDA: “In an ongoing clinical trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19 following 2 doses given 3 weeks apart. The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.” The reported side effects have not been severe but you should know about them—keep reading.
Dr. Fauci has described this as a “pain in the arm.” For many, this will pale in comparison to the “whole lot of pain” Fauci has predicted from the coronavirus pandemic itself. If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot, it’s apparently like that—some tenderness that fades. Although for some, it has been reported to be more painful. After getting her second dose, “my arm quickly became painful at the injection site, much more than the first time,” wrote one nurse researcher, Kristen Choi, Ph.D., RN, who wanted to raise awareness about the “worst-case scenario” side effects of the two-part vaccine, in an essay in JAMA Internal Medicine.
You might also expect “local swelling, irritation” in your arm, former FDA Chief Dr. Margaret Hamburg told CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday.
Fauci has said you might expect “a fever.” This is likely to be mild, although it was not for Choi. “When I woke up again at 5:30 am, I felt hot. Burning. I took my temperature and looked at the reading: 104.9 °F (40.5 °C). This was the highest fever I can ever remember having, and it scared me. I took acetaminophen and drank a glass of water. When the research office opened at 9 am, I called to report my reaction to the injection. Thankfully, my fever had come down to 102.0 °F (38.9 °C) by then.”
You might feel a “sense of fatigue,” says Hamburg. This may mean the vaccine…