Nurse Researcher Experiences Clear COVID Vaccine Side Effects
A nurse researcher “K.S” in the U.S experienced clear potential side effects after receiving an experimental COVID-19 vaccine of Pfizer in a phase 3 trial. Her experience was published in JAMA Internal Medicine to raise alert that “Clinicians will need to be prepared to discuss with patients why they should trust the vaccine and that its adverse effects could look a lot like COVID-19”. She mentioned that the symptoms began after her second dose of vaccination. She experienced pain at the injection site, light-headiness, fatigue, nausea and a splitting headache. The midnight after injection, she started having a fever of 99.4 °F (37.4 °C). While by early morning, her temperature reached 104.9 °F (40.5 °C). She took acetaminophen to decrease her fever and went to the research office to report her injection. By then, her fever had come down to 102.0 °F (38.9 °C) and went around 99.5 °F (37.5 °C) for the rest of the day. While waiting for the research office to open, she had read the research report on the earlier Pfizer-BioNTech trial. To her surprise, she found that in the phase 1 trial of BNT162b2, the following adverse effects were observed in the intervention arm of adults aged 18 to 55 years after receiving the second dose of BNT162b2: fatigue (75%), headache (67%), chills (33%), muscle pain (25%), fever (17%), and joint pain (17%). In the research centre, they assured her that many people can have reactions after the second injection and that she should keep monitoring her symptoms and call them if anything changes. She mentioned that by the next morning, all her symptoms were gone except a sore, swollen bump at the injection site. What really concerned her was that despite the extensive information she had on the research process and vaccine, she did not get the message that she should anticipate a reactogenic response. She was scared upon seeing she had a fever, and her reaction after months of scrutinizing herself for all the possible COVID-19 symptoms was: “Do I have COVID-19?”
Source: 1. JAMA Network. “A Nursing Researcher’s Experience in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial”. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2773790. Published 07 December 2020. Accessed December 10, 2020.