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COVID Vaccine Symptoms

PULLMAN – Americans over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a vaccine and take their turn dealing with the symptoms of the shots.

The different vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, seem to have similar side affects on the people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Washington State University student Emily Smith received the Moderna vaccine while her roommate Holly Walker received the Pfizer vaccine.

After their first shot each the two described their feelings for the next couple of days. “I was fine at first with just a sore arm,” said Smith. “The next day I felt like I had the flu.”

“I dealt with aches, soreness, chills and a fever for about two days after the shot,” said Walker. Both women described the same experience but with slight variations from their time frames.

Typically the second dose is when more symptoms occur and WSU student Mary Ginther can attest to that.

“I had some fatigue after the first shot,” said Ginther. “After the second I felt like cold and sweaty and nauseous.” The second dose is more likely to bring out the symptoms everyone hears about and some believe the rumor that if you show symptoms from a vaccination dose, than you never really had COVID-19 before.

With the flu like symptoms and the heavy demand the vaccine takes on some people, all three people said they would take the vaccine again if necessary.

“I’ll keep getting vaccinated so I can see my family,” said Walker.

“Its weird but in the long run it is going to be worth it,” said Ginther.



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