Potential side effects of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 08:55:57-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine will be administered to healthcare workers at CHRISTUS Spohn hospitals on Tuesday. It didn't take long for the vaccine to get shipped after being approved for Emergency use authorization by the FDA on Friday, December 11. Those local healthcare workers in the Nueces County Health District's Phase A Tier 1 list that are opting to get inoculated today will have to take a second dosage in 21 days (3 weeks later).

The FDA has released a list of possible side effects also called adverse effects that can last several days. They include pain at the injection site, tiredness, muscle pain, headaches, joint pain, and fever. The report states that most of these symptoms occurred after the second dosage. The FDA says some recipients could suffer from a severe allergic reaction within a few minutes to an hour of getting inoculated. Those symptoms include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, a fast heartbeat, a bad rash all over the body, and dizziness and weakness.

Currently, the vaccine is approved for anyone 16 and older. The FDA advisory panel did not approve EUA for minors under 16 citing they did not have enough data to make a decision.