DETROIT – As vaccinations against COVID-19 continue, we are now at a point where many people who received the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine received their second.
This includes Dr. Frank McGeorge of Local 4 News. He recently revealed the side effects he had from the second dose so you know what to expect.
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“My experience with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine was almost in line with what I expected. Mostly just soreness in the arm where I received the injection, although it was stronger than I had ever felt from another shot. The pain answered Motrin and disappeared in one day. “My second shot was a different story,”
He shared some thoughts from a video diary recorded after his first shot.
“Something else occurred to me as I was returning home to announce the news, an untimely afterthought, three weeks from today, the date of my vaccination card, when I have to take my second dose of the vaccine, I have three midnight shifts. This was poor planning by me, because based on the data from the study, the highest frequency of side effects such as fever, body aches, etc. “It’s a day or two after the second shot,” McGeorge said.
Fortunately, he was able to reschedule his second dose after his midnight shifts.
The data from the study that Pfizer provided to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use clearly show a significant number of side effects after the second dose.
Nearly one-third of people aged 18 to 55 had a fever, 35 percent had chills, 52 percent had headaches, 22 percent had joint pain, 37 percent had muscle aches, and nearly two-thirds had fatigue.
McGeorge was in the unfortunate group and felt all the side effects.
He received the shot at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning and went back to sleep.
At noon, four hours later, when he awoke, McGeorge had a pain in his arm. During the day on Sunday, he felt well until about 9:00 pm 14 hours after the shooting.
It began to hurt his body. At 10 pm he had taken some Motrin. The next 12 hours were really unpleasant.
McGeorge says he has experienced muscle aches, joint pain, headaches, chills and a temperature of up to 100 degrees.
He did not feel normal until 36 hours after the shot.
“I want to be clear. I’m talking about this so you have an idea of what might happen after the second shot and you’re prepared. Make sure you plan a light day after that and have some tylenol or motrin around. I have talked to many of my colleagues who have also received their second dose and at least a third of them have had significant side effects, ”said McGeorge.
“I also want to note that I have seen the effects of a severe COVID infection. The vaccine is definitely the better choice. “
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 525,612 since Tuesday, including 13,501 deaths, government officials said.
Tuesday’s update includes 1,994 new cases and 100 additional deaths.
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