Apparently, the COVID-19 vaccine won’t be a “walk in the park.” Medical experts urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to tell Americans of its unpleasant side effects.
According to the New York Post, Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association claimed patients need to be aware that they may experience negative side effects due to getting the Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines—and if not, they won’t come back for their second round.
“We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Fryhofer said at an online meeting Monday with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, a group of medical experts that advises the CDC. “They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.”
“These are immune responses. And so if you feel something after vaccination, you should expect to feel that,” nurse practitioner Patsy Stinchfield at Children’s Minnesota said. “When you do, it’s normal to have some arm soreness or fatigue, some body aches, and maybe even a fever. It sounds like in some of these trials, maybe even having to stay home from work.”
Participants involved in the clinical trials reported uncomfortable side effects, including high fever, body aches, headaches, and exhaustion.
Pfizer’s vaccine is still be reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration, and Moderna’s shot is expected to be submitted to the agency soon to be considered for emergency authorization.