Answer:

Two very effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 (caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna are available and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here is what you need to know about them.

KEY POINTS:
  • When it becomes available to you, strongly consider getting the vaccine after talking with your doctor — current data shows it can help protect you
    To find out more about who can get the vaccine and who should not be vaccinated, read our full answer.
  • The vaccine is free (for now)
    The cost of the vaccine will be covered by Medicare and most insurance plans, some even if received outside your network. However, certain alternative healthcare plans (ex: short-term limited duration insurance) may charge a copay. People who are uninsured can be vaccinated for free. Their healthcare providers will need to submit a reimbursement claim to the Provider Relief Fund.
  • You can't get COVID or spread it from the vaccine
    The mRNA vaccines don't contain virus. They instruct your body to make a protein found on the virus that triggers an immune reaction, creating immunity to the virus. The mRNA never enters the cell's nucleus, so it never interacts with or becomes part of your DNA. It also doesn't stick around inside the body — it's broken down once the protein is made.
  • It's critical to get the 2nd shot!
    At best, you only get about 52% protection from the first shot but 94% to 95% after the second. Come back about 21 days later for Pfizer and 28 days later for Moderna second doses (it's okay to get it up to 4 days early, and you should still get your second shot if you miss the recommended date, although you'll have less protection during that time). If you get a first shot, use v-safe to set a reminder on a smartphone for when to get second shot, as well as to reports side effects.
  • Be prepared for side effects, especially after the 2nd shot
    Injection site pain (typical for any vaccine) and flu-like symptoms are the most common side effects for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. These side effects are typically short-lived and not severe.
  • The vaccine takes about 7 days to work after the 2nd shot
    Don't assume you're protected from COVID-19 immediately after receiving the second shot, and certainly not during the 21 to 28 days between the first and second shot.
  • Even after being fully vaccinated, for now, continue to follow guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks. (Learn why in our full answer.)

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  • How, when and where to get the vaccine
  • How the vaccines compare (on efficacy, side effects, dosing, ingredients and availability)
  • Whether people with specific medical conditions may be vaccinated (e.g., active infection or a history of COVID-19, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune conditions, a compromised immune system, allergies, pregnancy, etc.)
  • If pain relievers / fever reducers can be used to lessen vaccine side effects, and if antihistamines (e.g., Benadryl) can be used to reduce the risk of allergic reactions

As each state in the U.S. is in charge of its own vaccine roll out, we've put together the following table to help you get information on what's happening in your state:


Who Can Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 and Where — By State
State Vaccination Website Information Provided
Alabama
https://alabamamedicine.org/coronavirus/physician-resources/
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; vaccine locations and a link to a list of participating pharmacies
Alaska
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/VaccineAvailability.aspx#now
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; when the next phase will begin
Arizona
https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-find-vaccine
The current phase, by county; who's covered in each phase; vaccine locations in each county; links to pre-register for vaccination in some counties and the information you'll need to provide
Arkansas
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of later phases; a link to a list of participating pharmacies for those who are eligible
California
https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#When-can-I-get-vaccinated
Who's covered in each phase; links to each county's plan and available locations by county; estimated start dates of later phases
Colorado
https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/vaccine-for-coloradans
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of later phases; links to hospital systems' vaccination sites, some of which are allowing pre-registration
Connecticut
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---Phases
The current phase; links to eligibility and estimated start dates of later phases
Delaware
https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/
The current phase and eligibility; link to allocation plan including all phases and estimated start dates of later phases; phone number for vaccine hotline
District of Columbia
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine
A link to register / schedule an appointment if you are eligible; a link to receive a alert when you can register if you are not yet eligible
Florida
https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/
Current eligibility; link to vaccine locations by county with information on how to register
Georgia
https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine
The current phase and eligibility; phone number for vaccine hotline
Hawaii
https://hawaiicovid19.com/vaccine/
The current phase and eligibility; estimated start dates and eligibility of later phases
Idaho
https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/When-can-I-get-a-COVID-vaccine-in-Idaho-12302020-2.pdf
The current phase and eligibility; estimated start dates and eligibility of later phases
Illinois
http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq
The current phase; who's covered in each phase
Indiana
https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/
Who's currently eligible; link to vaccination sites by county, which includes links to register
Iowa
https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine/Information-for-the-Public
Phone number for vaccine resource center
Kansas
https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/157/Availability
Link to vaccine prioritization plan, which lists vaccination phases and who's covered in each phase
Kentucky
https://gscdn.govshare.site/a0f6d8c0872e778a4428d6bf02c51ea2063a0096/Phases%201%20-%204%20(2).pdf
The current phase; who's covered in each phase
Louisiana
https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine/
The current phase and eligibility; list of locations by parish
Maine
https://www.maine.gov/covid19/vaccines
Who's covered in each phase
Maryland
https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Marylands-Phased-COVID-19-Vaccine-Distribution_1.8.pdf
Who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of next phases
Massachusetts
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine
Who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of each phase
Michigan
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_103214_104822---,00.html
Who's covered in current phase; who will be eligible for next phase and the estimated start date; links to local health departments that are scheduling vaccinations
Minnesota
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/plan.html
The current phase; who's covered in each phase
Mississippi
https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,22816,420,976.html
Current eligibility; online registration; list of vaccine sites
Missouri
https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/residents/
The current phase; who's covered in each phase
Montana
https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusvaccine
The current phase; who's covered in each phase
Nebraska
http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.aspx
Who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of each phase
Nevada
https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
Link allowing individuals and employers to express interest in getting the vaccine for themself or their employees
New Hampshire
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/covid19-vaccine-allocation-plan-summary.pdf
Who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of each phase
New Jersey
https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/
Form to learn if you're eligible and to pre-register for vaccine
New Mexico
https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of each phase; link to register for vaccine
New York
https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Form to learn if you are eligible; if eligible, site will direct you to a vaccination location
North Carolina
https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; list of vaccine locations by county
North Dakota
https://www.health.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/COVID%20Vaccine%20Page/COVID-19_Vaccine_Prioritization_Phase1A-C.pdf
Who's covered in each phase
Ohio
https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program
Who's covered in early phases
Oklahoma
https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information.html
Who's covered in each phase
Oregon
https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/
Who's covered in each phase
Pennsylvania
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; links to vaccine locations
Rhode Island
https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination
Link to who's covered in phase 1 and their estimated start dates
South Carolina
https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine
The current phase; who's covered in each phase; links to vaccine locations
South Dakota
https://doh.sd.gov/Covid/Vaccine/Public.aspx
Links to current phase, who's covered in each phase, when each phase is expected to begin, and vaccine locations by county
Tennessee
https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/covid-19-vaccine-information/getting-a-covid-19-vaccine-information.html
Who's covered in each phase; vaccine availability by county; phone number or link to scheduling site for counties with the vaccine
Texas
https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx
Who's covered in phase 1; link to vaccine locations by county
Utah
https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution/
Who's currently eligible; who's eligible next and their estimated start dates; contact information for local health departments
Vermont
https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/about-covid-19-vaccines-vermont
Who's currently eligible
Virginia
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
Who's covered in phase 1
Washington
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/VaccinationPhasesInfographic.pdf
Who's covered in each phase; estimated start dates of each phase
West Virginia
https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
Who's currently eligible; link to upcoming vaccination clinics; phone number for vaccine information line
Wisconsin
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm
Who's covered in phase 1
Wyoming
https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/county-covid-19-vaccine-information/
Information by county including when phase 1 individuals may be vaccinated, appointment information, and county health contact information


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Jurate21842
January 10, 2021

My daughter (age 31) is a physician and received her 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 8, 2021. She had a sore arm and a little achiness with 1st dose and more sore arm, chills, achiness, headache, fatigue with 2nd dose. Today (Jan. 10) she is feeling perfectly fine. She has 2 children ages 5 and 1(who she still breastfeeds a couple times each day). We are so grateful for the scientists who worked so hard to get these vaccines! The chance of long term effects, for many, of getting Covid, seem to be much higher than any known long term effects of the vaccine.

Carole21815
January 4, 2021

Thankyou Consumer Lab for your excellent reporting and trust worthy information on COVID! I am in healthcare and have been watching the research info as it is published. I look forward to taking the vaccine, but have decided to give up my place to others with more risk. I am able to work on-line and thus have a lower risk than many others

ConsumerLab.com
January 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words Carole, and for your service to others.

karlein21795
December 31, 2020

I am a 68 year old woman. Pfizer vaccine on 12/18, no arm discomfort or any ill feeling. The physician I work for shared the same experience.

Lynn21783
December 30, 2020

I am a Critical Care RN & am exposed to CoVid patients while I wear my PPE. I am not fully accepting of taking this vaccine as yet. What is the immunity 6 months, 1 year, etc from dual vaccination? What are any long term effects of this mRNA vaccine? How about child bearing women taking this mRNA vaccine for their future child?

Garrett21770
December 29, 2020

I am a 45 year old male and received the first shot from Moderna on 12/23/20. Significant tenderness at the shot location, twice as bad as I get with the flu shot but not bothersome. Did have minor nausea the day after the shot and minor malaise but this went away the next day.

Gerald 21759
December 28, 2020

My wife and I had Covid-19 last March but did not realize that it was Covid-19. My wife thought she had Bronchitis and treated it as that, but she quarantined herself while she had a fever. I was asymptomatic and discovered that I had had it when I donated blood in September. Since I was asymptomatic, my blood could not be used for for treating hospitalized patients with Covid-19. My wife wants to be vaccinated as soon as it is available. I am more cautious and will wait for more long term studies before being vaccinated.

kathleen21755
December 28, 2020

Pfizer vaccine on a12/23/20. Only very slight arm discomfort at injection site. No problems at all.

kerry21771
December 30, 2020

Me too. Had it on December 18, only arm discomfort similar to a flu shot

David21754
December 28, 2020

Got the first Pfizer vaccine/shot on 12/22...I had some soreness in my shoulder that night and was a little tired. The amount injected seemed smaller than the typical flu shot— I usually have more soreness and symptoms with the yearly flu shot.

Mary21753
December 28, 2020

It would be helpful to know the ages of those being vaccinated and commenting. I have read that younger adults may have more of an immune response, thus more side effects than older adults whose immune system is dampened down as a natural result of aging. Curious as to whether this plays out. Thank you Consumerlab for keeping us informed.

BETTY21751
December 28, 2020

I received the Moderna vaccine 12/26. Only sore at injection site. No other symptoms. I did take Advil but was later told that analgesics may reduce the efficacy of the vaccine? Not sure if that’s true.

Gale 21791
December 31, 2020

Does taking a Benadryl prior to injection to reduce chance of reaction to vaccine? Or taking a Benadryl right after vaccination? In general, does taking a Benadryl affect the efficacy of the vaccine?

ConsumerLab.com
January 13, 2021

We've added information about this in the answer above. Please see the section about antihistamines.

Bonnie21749
December 28, 2020

Why is it that the same dose of any vaccine or all medicines are given to a large size man and a small woman? Shouldn’t there be more dose regulation?

ConsumerLab.com
December 30, 2020

Unlike most medications, which need to be distributed throughout the body -- such that dosage will depend on body size and other factors -- vaccines generally work at or near the injection site. They are designed to use the smallest dose necessary to generate an immune response, and thus can often be used at the same dose in children and adults, regardless of the person's size. When higher doses of vaccines are needed in adults, it is not due to the size of the person but, rather, because the immune system weakens with age. A good explanation of this, which has been reviewed by Paul Offit, MD, a noted vaccine scientist, is found at https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-safety/dosing-safety.

Bonnie21818
January 4, 2021

Thank you for your reply. I understand now about vaccine dosages, but I am 68 years old now. I have been sensitive to all medications for all of my adult life. I get side effects from everything I’ve tried including statins and even Tylenol. If I take an anticholergic drug I start to lose my memory after a few days. That’s why it scares me about any vaccine. I also have fear of getting a serious illness and not being able to fight it off with medication.

Andrew21739
December 27, 2020

Is there information regarding the safety of the vaccine in a person with COPD and Leukaemia.

Kathleen21737
December 27, 2020

Received Pfizer vaccine on 12-21, no side effects other than moderate soreness at site for about 24 hours.

Susanne21811
January 3, 2021

Age 79 - received Pfizer vaccine on 12/28/20 = minor discomfort at injection site (LESS than standard Flu vaccine) - some discomfort in upper arm for a couple of days, and maybe less energy - but otherwise fine. thank you -

Katherine21735
December 27, 2020

Medical Interpreter, vaccinated 12/22 with the Pfizer vaccine: injection was mildly noticeable, but no injection site or arm pain afterwards. No malaise, fever, or other symptoms with the possible exception of some neck pain that woke me up in the night (12 hrs later) - but I have been having neck pain issues for about a year now, so the vaccine may not have been the cause or only exacerbated somewhat the existing discomfort. So far, so good!

Katherine21767
December 29, 2020

FYI, I am 65.

Anne21734
December 27, 2020

I am a healthcare provider. I received the Moderna shot # 1 on 12/23. No other side effects besides muscle soreness in the arm in which I received the shot- much like when receiving a flu shot. Lasted a couple of days, not a problem.

Sharon21732
December 27, 2020

I received the Pfizer vaccine on 12/15. Had muscle soreness for about 48 hours after the injection. I also gave around 110 vaccines. I had one allergic reaction in a person without history of allergies. Within 20 minutes she developed facial rash, flushing and itching. I immediately gave her Benadryl 50 mg and watched her for another hour. The rash and itching subsided a bit and I had her take Benadryl 50 mg every 8 hours for the next 24 hours without any further issues.

ConsumerLab.com
December 28, 2020

Thanks for posting your experience, Sharon, and for being a frontline healthcare worker!

Caroline21731
December 27, 2020

Received 1st dose of Pfizer vaccine 12/19/20, arm ache about 6-7 hours after injection easily treated with 1 dose acetaminophen 500mg. Next day only minimal arm soreness. No other symptoms.

Joshua21730
December 27, 2020

I got the Pfizer vaccine on 12/19. I had soreness at the injection site but no other issues/side effects.

Jane21725
December 27, 2020

After around a month after second vaccine, cellular immunity should be active. When will titers be available? Did they even consider that?

Paca21720
December 25, 2020

Pfizer #1 received 12/19/2020. No site tenderness, no fever, no fatigue, no problems.

JAMES21715
December 24, 2020

Vaccinated with Moderna12/23, less (essentially no) discomfort compared to high dose influenza vaccine

Alice21712
December 24, 2020

I received the first Pfizer vaccine 12/22 and only had very slight soreness at injection site. No fever or fatigue.

James21710
December 24, 2020

Received first dose on Saturday, 12/19. Had mild pain and swelling around injection site on 12/20. Other than that, no problems.

Carol21697
December 23, 2020

I have reactions to most pharmaceuticals and do not intend to get this vaccine. Instead, I keep my immune system high and will keep to my daily routine of what works for me. Good luck, I appreciate your helpful advice, but this is not for me.

Anna21711
December 24, 2020

I used to - then I stopped taking generics and started taking only brands. Things got much better. There was a major study in Boston in late 2019, with a follow up study around July 2020. The first one was widely covered in the consumer medical press This isn’t it but...
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-risk-of-inactive-ingredients-in-everyday-drugs

Alvonia21726
December 27, 2020

It is obvious that no one is having an allergic reaction to a second dose. No one has received a second dose yet. People do not receive a second does until 21 days has passed. People are having an allergic reaction to the first dose. For people having a reaction to the first dose, they have been told not to get a second dose.

Derek21691
December 23, 2020

I was vaccinated on 12/18 with the Pfizer vaccine, site was a bit sore for a day or two but otherwise no symptoms.

Rebecca`21699
December 23, 2020

Good to know!

Gwen21707
December 23, 2020

Thanks for sharing!

Laura21679
December 23, 2020

How about people with MCAS or ME?

ConsumerLab.com
December 28, 2020

Please see the information about both of these conditions that we've added to the answer above.

Jacquelyn21674
December 23, 2020

Thank you CL for posting these comments. I feel I can trust your site due to your independence. I'm still on the fence about this vaccine and this type of unadulterated opinion is like a breath of fresh air. Please continue this exchange.

Katie21673
December 23, 2020

I was vaccinated on 12/21 with the Pfizer vaccine. I had a lot of arm soreness and was a bit fatigued, but much better as of 12/23. We’ll see how round two goes in January!

Rebecca21672
December 23, 2020

I was vaccinated (Pfizer) December 16, my only side effects have been much less fear going to work along with relief and joy. I am a physician practicing medicine in Houston, Texas.

Mary21687
December 23, 2020

You are one of the heroes, and very much appreciated!!

Susana21670
December 23, 2020

No way !!!!!

Suzanne 21668
December 23, 2020

How about people who are allergic to iodinated contrast dye?

ConsumerLab.com
December 28, 2020

The safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in people with a history of reaction to iodine contrast agents is unknown, but at this time the vaccines are not contraindicated in people with this condition.

Barbara21667
December 23, 2020

I would like to know exactly what is in this vaccine. Is it true that they use the cells of aborted babies in this vaccine?

ConsumerLab.com
December 23, 2020

Although several candidate COVID-19 vaccines use historical fetal-derived cells to produce vaccine components (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/abortion-opponents-protest-covid-19-vaccines-use-fetal-cells), the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do not. However, both vaccines were tested in laboratory studies using HEK293 cells, a cell line derived from human embryonic kidney cells taken from an aborted fetus in the early 1970s (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2622-0; https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.08.280818v1).

Barbara21708
December 24, 2020

Thank you so much for letting me know.

Brian21666
December 23, 2020

I have a question; what about the long term effects of MRNA vaccines? Time frames that are greater than 2 years. Are they safe in these circumstances?

Glenn21665
December 23, 2020

Does the vaccine have thimerosal in it? I'm unable to find this info online and am allergic to mercury.

ConsumerLab.com
December 23, 2020

The prescribing information for both the Pfizer (https://www.fda.gov/media/144413/download) and Moderna (https://www.fda.gov/media/144637/download) COVID-19 vaccines state that they do not contain preservatives (thimerosal is a preservative), and the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/facts/) and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/making-vaccines/prevent-covid) note on their websites that neither of these vaccines contain thimerosal or ethylmercury.

TATYANA21663
December 23, 2020

I am a pharmacist and I will not be getting this vaccine. Not enough time and study to claim that this vaccine is safe

Susana21671
December 23, 2020

Agree !!!!!!!!!!

Rebecca`21700
December 23, 2020

How much time would help you feel more confident. I agree with you about preferring more time and study yet my fear of COVID 19 outweighs my fear of the vaccine.

Mary21705
December 23, 2020

Many lives were saved during the raging AIDS epidemic of the 80's-90's by drugs that were approved for off-label use by the FDA. This "compassionate use" model actually produced treatments that were very successful in treating some HIV- related diseases. Sometimes the gamble with unknowns are well worth it.

Lisa21717
December 24, 2020

I am not usually a strong vaccine proponent but in this case felt being vaccinated was for the common good as I am at a high risk for exposure in my work and more data is needed for individuals to know whether the vaccine is right for them or not. I received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. I am only experiencing mild to moderate soreness in the arm with the injection site. This has subsided throughout the day.

Jason21757
December 28, 2020

We also don't know if there will be any longer consequences to having COVID. I'm getting my shot tomorrow

Jeffrey21801
January 3, 2021

Kaiser has not given me a vaccination date however for those of you speaking about not getting vaccinated, I assume all of you were too young to grow up with polio all around you. Along with all my young elementary school friends, I lived in fear of polio and the dreaded fate of the iron lung. I was one of the first to receive the Salk vaccine. And of course all the others. I was only 5 years old and remembered the relief that I have been vaccinated. I am 73 and confess I am shocked that people are avoiding getting the vaccine. Clearly, the option is to get the vaccine. For those of you who have children, it is putting your own children in harm's way. Too many people need to refresh their memories about all the vaccines you had to go to school. And yes, I do remember the progression and advancement of treatment for AIDS. I was living in NYC when AIDS swept through the community and we lost so many precious souls.

Carol21835
January 10, 2021

Responding to Mary above: It looks like you're talking about therapeutics (rather than vaccines) when you state "Sometimes the gamble with unknowns is well worth it". I completely agree that the off-label repurposing of existing drugs (that have long been approved by the FDA for other indications) is an excellent idea, as such drugs already have a known safety profile. At least two off-patent drugs (one Nobel prize winner, both of which are anti-parasitics on the WHO list of essential medicines) that are being repurposed for Covid with success. Unlike newly-patented, expensive or labor-intensive therapeutics, these low-cost drugs are highly scalable across large populations. In an emergency (pandemic) situation, all options should be on the table due to the urgent need to save lives.

Carol21836
January 10, 2021

I also agree that the development of new therapeutics for HIV has been an incredible success story. Though the war on HIV began long after the war on cancer was declared, HIV drug development seems to have leap-frogged ahead, and now those with HIV can live normal lifespans. For example my uncle, who is 85 and fit, has an undetectable viral load from taking one convenient combination pill per day.

Donnie 21657
December 23, 2020

Regarding the sentence, "To find out more about the ingredients in these vaccines, see section "13 Description" of the prescribing information for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines": Is there anywhere this information can be found online?

ConsumerLab.com
December 23, 2020

If you click on the words "Pfizer" or "Moderna" in that sentence, you should be re-directed to the prescribing information for the corresponding vaccine.

Donnie 21689
December 23, 2020

Thanks! :) Guess I missed it due to the highlighting.

Lauren21654
December 23, 2020

My arm and shoulder were pretty sore for a day, but otherwise no side effects

vicki21653
December 23, 2020

I am a Registered Dietitian who works with Oncology patients. I got the Pfizer shot yesterday. Today I have a sore arm and some fatigue.

Wendy21645
December 21, 2020

I am a pediatric nurse practitioner working in a primary care practice. I received the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. So far, no side effects!

ConsumerLab.com
December 21, 2020

Thanks for posting, Wendy, and, if possible, please let us know how the second dose goes!

judith21651
December 22, 2020

I have concerns about the elimination of people who had allergies in the control groups.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/suspicions-grow-nanoparticles-pfizer-s-covid-19-vaccine-trigger-rare-allergic-reactions?fbclid=IwAR1JK2LeTJcEzq6ZxRYpJlRkF1Omj8crRKQRkFrQJ_K8AscVvUpBTETkKQE

PEG has never been used before in an approved vaccine, but it is found in many drugs that have occasionally triggered anaphylaxis—a potentially life-threatening reaction that can cause rashes, a plummeting blood pressure, shortness of breath, and a fast heartbeat. Some allergists and immunologists believe a small number of people previously exposed to PEG may have high levels of antibodies against PEG, putting them at risk of an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine.

Jacalyn21655
December 23, 2020

Wendy thanks for posting your personal experience, always helpful to hear!

ConsumerLab.com
December 23, 2020

Hi Judith, to address your concerns we've added information about allergic reactions and PEG in the answer above.

gloria21682
December 23, 2020

What is PEG and how do I know if I've been exposed to it? Thank you.

ConsumerLab.com
December 23, 2020

Hi Gloria, please see the information about PEG that we've added to the answer above, including common medications containing PEG.

gloria21686
December 23, 2020

Ah, yes, It's what's in Miralax.

Anna21641
December 21, 2020

I am a physician at a large hospital network. I quickly forgot I even got a vaccine! Knock on wood no arm pain, fatigue, headache or anything at all.

ConsumerLab.com
December 21, 2020

Thanks for sharing that, Anna. Please let us know how the 2nd dose goes in few weeks.

Anna21658
December 23, 2020

Why do you assume that’s a good thing? A strong reaction means your immune system is responding.

Margaret21709
December 24, 2020

I have been wondering about that. When elderly people are eligible for the vaccine, if I don't have a reaction, I think I will always wonder if I was one of the few who didn't develop immunity.

Susan21640
December 21, 2020

I am 75yo RN working with Covid patients. I had Covid confirmed on 11/28, did not have to go to the hospital but was not feeling well for a couple of weeks after, low grade fever, diarrhea, dry cough, very lethargic. I did take massive doses of vitamin D for the first couple of days which I felt helped me not to get worse. I was advised to get the vaccine anyway. I got the Pfizer vaccine at work on Friday. I didn't feel well the next day fever of 101, lethargic, fuzzy thinking, achy, sore arm. Another co worker said she only had a sore arm and a little headache.

ConsumerLab.com
December 21, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience, Susan. Please let us know how the 2nd dose goes.

Perry21648
December 21, 2020

How are you feeling now?

BW21631
December 20, 2020

I am a chaplain at a hospital. I received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday about 1 pm. I have had no side effects, except possibly my nose was running more than normal that night. It may also have been allergies.

ConsumerLab.com
December 20, 2020

Thank you for posting your experience!

Michelle21627
December 20, 2020

Am a physician at a large urban hospital. I got the vaccine on Wednesday 12/16 at 1 pm. By midnight my arm was killing me and I was having aches, pains, and chills. The next day I was exhausted and slept all day. By Friday I felt fine.

ConsumerLab.com
December 20, 2020

Thanks for posting, Michelle!

Jacalyn21656
December 23, 2020

So helpful to hear this honest range of experience so we non-healthcare folk can be properly prepared!

Stephen21625
December 20, 2020

I’m a physician with the VA. Got my first shot (Pfizer) early Friday Dec. 18. Had a subjective sense of being spacey but functioned fine (alerted my colleagues about my shot and sense of myself- they didn’t notice anything amiss). Sore arm, very sleepy that evening, doing well since.

William21660
December 23, 2020

Also a VA physician. I got the Pfizer vaccine yesterday morning, first shot. Similarly I experienced a spacy feeling for about an hour, starting a half hour after the shot. Fine today.

Myrtoashe21624
December 20, 2020

I'm grateful for this resource that allows us to read about the experience of those who are receiving the vaccine. As a physician who is working remotely at the moment, I am not in the front of the line.

My patients would like to know if anyone with autoimmune disease had a flare-up, what might be the experience of people with multiple chemical sensitivities, with mood challenges like depression and anxiety, with a history of migraines, digestive problems, etc.

I've read the Pfizer trial documents in detail, and there is no mention of autoimmunity or chronic fatigue for example, that I could find. I would be happy to pass on any information that can reassure my most sensitive patients. Clearly they are also at risk from COVID-19 itself, but they also fear the vaccine.

Tracey21704
December 23, 2020

I resemble the above comment and appreciate the attempt(s) to get real time data!

Debra21741
December 27, 2020

My husband is like your patients, so we would also like more information about people's reactions to the vaccine. I think he's going to get it when offered, because the benefits outweigh the risks. However, he's the person who always experiences the worst possible side effects from medications and we're concerned that his body may not react well to this vaccine.

Gale 21793
December 31, 2020

I appreciate comments above as I and others in my family have Celiac Disease and severe shell fish allergies among others. Interested if anyone w/similar problems has been vaccinated without bad reactions?

Sarah21834
January 9, 2021

I am a 44 year old pharmacy tech with astshma, alpha-1 antitripsin deficiency and a history of hemiplegic migraines. Also anaphylaxis to peanuts. I got the Pfizer vaccine and only experienced soreness and some tingling in my hand on the injected arm. Sleepy for about 48 hours after injection.

Theresa21616
December 20, 2020

Hi, as an RN at a local community hospital, I received the Pfizer vaccine on Friday afternoon - 12/18/2020 - the whole experience was well orchestrated and included being watched for 15 minutes for any possible immediate reaction. At home that evening, my arm was slightly sore at the injection site, and I had a very minimal headache. The soreness worsened to include my my whole upper arm overnight and only lasted about 24 hours. Now, Sunday, I feel great and am so thankful.

ConsumerLab.com
December 20, 2020

Thanks for sharing your experience, Theresa!

Rebecca`21701
December 23, 2020

I’m an RN too but not working frontlines and I’m so happy for the brave frontline compatriots who are finally getting some protection!

Laurie21615
December 20, 2020

I had the vaccine Friday, my arm was sore for 1 day.I took Tylenol and ibuprofen.

ConsumerLab.com
December 20, 2020

Thanks for posting, Laurie!

Linda21609
December 20, 2020

Thank you for the information.

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