Before a COVID-19 vaccine can be distributed to the masses, it must first be tested, and early reports from some participants undergoing the trial stage say it’s not a pleasant experience. Side effects they mentioned were similar to having the flu, including high fever, body aches, headaches and exhaustion. Usually the side effects would be gone within a day, but several people that volunteered said they felt worse than they expected after taking the drug.
“If this proves to work, people are going to have to toughen up,” one of the Moderna participants from North Carolina told CNBC.
“The first dose is no big deal. And then the second dose will definitely put you down for the day for sure. … You will need to take a day off after the second dose.”
A 44-year old man from Utah who also took part in the trial with Moderna said after the first shot he was out of sorts for a couple days, but it was the second dose of the vaccine that knocked him down for the count. He said he suffered from shakes, chills, a terrible headache and shortness of breath. His fever spiked to over 100 degrees for five hours too.
Pfizer is running a test of their own vaccine, and CNBC reported some of their trial participants were feeling similar symptoms. One complained that the second injection left him shaking so hard he cracked a tooth.
“It hurt to even just lay in my bedsheet.”