The One Vaccine Side Effect Dr. Fauci Is Worried About
Now that two effective coronavirus vaccines are being distributed in the US, some high profile patients have been vaccinated on camera. This also includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, who received his first dose on live television on December 22nd to build public confidence and get himself vaccinated. But even the best infectious disease expert in the country admitted that there was one side effect he would expect after receiving the vaccine: arm pain. Read on to see what he goes through and to learn more about who gets exempt from the second dose, read These Are The Only People Who Shouldn't Get 2 Doses of the COVID Vaccine.
The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had nothing but good news to report long after receiving his first dose. "Actually, I feel very good. I feel very good. I feel completely normal," Fauci told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. But he also said that he expected a "pain in the arm" at the injection site.
"This is very common with any type of vaccination, so that's what I expect, but generally I'm fine," he said.
Many vaccines cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the arm you received the shot in, including the COVID vaccine. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest "putting a clean, cool, damp washcloth over the area" and continuing to use your arm as usual to relieve pain. While a little discomfort is normal, according to the CDC, if the redness or tenderness in the area where you received the shot worsens after 24 hours, see your doctor. The CDC also recommends consulting your doctor if you are taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen if you experience severe pain.
While speaking with CNN, Fauci also took the opportunity to reassure the public that there is no safety risk in getting the shot - and that it would actually help move everything forward. "I am very confident about what we are doing and that is why I strongly recommend anyone and everyone if the vaccine is available for them to get vaccinated," he told Blitzer.
"This is how we will leave this pandemic behind," he concluded.
But just like Fauci expects upper arm pain, there are some side effects from the COVID vaccine that the CDC is supposed to prepare for. Read on to see what they are, and to learn more about how to be safe, see If you don't, your mask won't protect you, the study says.
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According to the CDC, it is normal to feel more tired than usual after receiving the COVID vaccine. According to the science magazine, 3.8 percent of the participants in the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine study were tired. Another way to see if your fatigue is virus-related, see How To Tell If Your Fatigue Could Be COVID, Doctors Say.
Man on the couch checks his temperature for a fever
It is also reported that a mild fever is a possible side effect of the COVID vaccine. The CDC suggests drinking plenty of fluids and putting on light clothing to help lower the temperature and be comfortable. If your fever or other side effects don't seem to go away after a few days, you should call your doctor. For more information on how badly the pandemic is affecting your area, see How Bad is the COVID Outbreak in Your State.
Woman wrapped in blanket with chills no fever
In addition to causing a fever, the vaccine can make you chills. Fortunately, the CDC says that while this side effect is uncomfortable, it's nothing to worry about unless it lasts for more than a few days. If you would like regular COVID updates delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our daily newsletter.
Woman having a headache at home
The CDC says that developing headaches is another common side effect of the COVID vaccine. According to the science magazine, 2 percent of people who participated in the Pfizer BioNTech study had a headache after the shot, while 4.5 percent of those in the Moderna study experienced the same side effects. For more information on the latest news from the nation's leading infectious disease expert, see Dr. Fauci against this one COVID security measure.
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