What’s it like to take the COVID-19 vaccine? Some details and experiences have leaked

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There may be a world in which millions of Americans take the COVID-19 vaccine to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. So what will it feel like to take it? Some details and experiences recently leaked online. © Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Sara Haight and Alta Findlay administer […]

There may be a world in which millions of Americans take the COVID-19 vaccine to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. So what will it feel like to take it? Some details and experiences recently leaked online.



a hand holding a blue umbrella: Sara Haight and Alta Findlay administer a COVID-19 test at a testing site run by the Salt Lake County Health Department at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.


© Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Sara Haight and Alta Findlay administer a COVID-19 test at a testing site run by the Salt Lake County Health Department at Glendale Middle School in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

What’s going on:

Five participants in two of the coronavirus vaccine trials recently shared their experiences after taking the shots with CNBC.

The participants felt:

  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Bad headaches
  • Exhaustion

The participants — three from Moderna’s trial and two from Pfizer’s late-stage trial — said the symptoms were worth it, though, if it means they’re protecting themselves from the coronavirus.

The symptoms ended after about one day if not sooner, the participants told CNBC.

Some extra context:

Earlier this week, reports suggested that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine developed a strong immune response in older and younger adults — a positive sign since vaccines often don’t work well with older adults and the elderly, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson remain the four developers with late-stage human trials in play.

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