- Three participants in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial and two in Pfizer’s revealed their side effects to CNBC
- A 44-year-old from Utah said he developed a fever and chills so bad his shaking cracked his tooth
- One woman in her 50s said she needed a day off to cope with the fever, pain and fatigue
- Another man in his 20s thought he might need to go to the hospital for his high-grade fever and was kept up all night
- Most side effects become intense after the second of two doses of the vaccines
- Data from both companies’ trials show that most people have no side effects or only mild ones
- The participants still say most people should get vaccinated when a COVID-19 shot is approved – but warn you may need a day to recover
By Natalie Rahhal | 1 October 2020
DAILY MAIL — Coronavirus vaccines might leave us laid up for a day with headaches, fevers, sore muscles, shivering chills and no energy, participants in trials for Moderna’s and Pfizer’s shots told CNBC.
But the side effects will be worth it, and fade after a day, they added.
Vaccines of all kinds commonly come with side effects – some more unpleasant than others.
Luke Hutchinsons, 44, was prepared for that possibility after signing up to help test whether Moderna’s shot worked, safely.
He felt a bit less than 100 percent for a few days after the first dose but eight hours after his second dose on September 15, the healthy computational biologist was too weak to leave bed, running a high fever and writhing with pain and shivers.
It even got harder for Hutchinson to breathe. The experimental COVID-19 vaccine left him feeling like he’d contracted the virus it was meant to protect him against.
He wasn’t the only one. CNBC spoke to two other participants in the Moderna trial and two enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial, all of whom reported intense – but thankfully brief – side effects.
In addition to their side effects, the vaccine testers share the opinion that most people should still get a COVID-19 vaccine, once one has been approved. […]