A nurse who participated in the Pfizer vaccine trial said her side effects were so alarming she thought she had COVID-19.
However, she explains that she felt getting the shot was worth it anyway.
When the nurse received her first shot, she didn’t experience side effects, but had a sore arm. As a nurse, she knew that her reaction meant that the vaccine went into her immune system and was doing its job.
However, her fever worsened and spiked to 104.9 degrees and that’s when she started to feel anxious.
"After months of all of us screening ourselves for fever as a signal of COVID, I think it was a little alarming at first to find myself with a fever like that," Choi said. "Once I stepped back and thought about it, probably a few minutes later, it occurred to me that this is actually something that happens quite frequently with vaccines.”
Choi instantly called the research office and officials there said it was common to experience the side effects. The next morning the nurse said that she took some Tylenol and drank some water. All of her side effects were gone the next day.
Even after having a difficult time, Choi said it was worth it to develop immunity against COVID-19.
"I absolutely think that everyone should get the vaccine," Choi said. "What I experienced, even though it wasn't really pleasant, was transient. It wasn't an emergency, it went away in just a day, and if I had to go back and do it over again, I would do it in a heartbeat.”
Choi said our bodies have to “activate our immune systems” and learn how to fight the deadly virus. She explained how this is why Americans will be receiving a vaccine. The nurse also warned that some may experience side effects like chills, a fever and nausea.
According to Business Insider, it was reported that in the clinical trial of the Pfizer vaccine candidate, most volunteers experienced pain when getting the shot, fatigue, and a headache.