BRAXTON COUNTY, W. W. (WOWK) – Since people have three choices for a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, they may be wondering which one has the least side effects?
Kimberly Rohr said she received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, while Madison Colette received Pfizer-BioNTech and James Shaver received Modern.
Three different vaccines, three different reactions.
“I developed a fever after taking J&J, and then I had a really significant headache and some body aches,”
Colette said he did not experience any unusual reactions.
“It’s just a normal vaccine reaction so it’s not bad,” she said.
Shaver said his reactions came after his second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
“The first vaccine didn’t have any side effects at all,” he said. “On the second shot, I felt good that day, but that night I had a fever and took a few tylenols and then for a few days I just felt really tired.
Experts have found that the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines usually comes with more side effects than the first, including fatigue, headache, chills, fever, nausea and muscle aches.
But which vaccine has the least side effects?
Braxton County Practice Nurse Yvonne Stashiac, who said she tracks the effects of each vaccine, said most people who receive Moderna or Pfizer will have arm pain, muscle aches and fatigue, which usually disappear within one to two days.
“As for Johnson and Johnson, he usually hits the first day of the vaccine. We see a very high temperature with this, a lot of headaches and we just don’t feel well overall, “Staschiak said.
According to the New York Times, such short-term side effects have been shown to be more common after the second dose of the double-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. (The J&J vaccine requires only one shot.)
But what if you have no reaction?
“Your body is still building an immune response. “Everyone is different,” Stashiak said.
Most people surveyed by WOWK on Nexstar say they have no preference for which vaccine to receive. They just took what they could get.
“I’m just glad I got it,” Colette said.
No matter which vaccine you receive, experts say they are all effective against the coronavirus.
“All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19,” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Friday, more than 157 million doses of the vaccine had been given, according to the CDC.