The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must be transparent with Americans about the likely side effects of a coronavirus vaccine, a CDC advisory committee said Monday, adding that the severity of those side effects may prompt some people to avoid getting the second, required shot.
At Monday's CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting, Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association, said, "We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park. They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they've got to come back for that second dose."
The committee met to discuss whether to recommend use of any vaccine that the FDA might authorize.
Both Pfizer and Moderna have said that their vaccines could induce side effects that are similar to symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as muscle pain, chills and headache.
"These are immune responses, so if you feel something after vaccination, you should expect to feel that," Patricia Stinchfield of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, representing the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, said at the meeting. "And when you do, it's normal that you have some arm soreness or some fatigue or some body aches or even some fever."
Stinchfield said some people may feel bad enough to need to stay home from work for a day.