During a meeting with CDC on Monday doctors urged their advisors to be transparent to people about the side effects that the COVID-19 vaccine may cause. Since two doses are essential for the vaccine to work doctors feel that patients may not return for the second dose after experiencing side effects from the first one.
Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, a general physician of American Medical Association, is also the liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or ACIP, an outside group of medical experts that advise the CDC.
“We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Fryhofer said during a virtual meeting with ACIP. “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.”
Both Pfizer and Moderna accepted that their COVID-19 vaccines could have side effects. These side effects would be similar to the symptoms experienced by patients with mild COVID-19 and can include muscle pain, headache and chills.
ACIP is expected to conduct an emergency meeting soon. They will discuss important aspects of vaccine trials and make specific recommendations once the FDA gives approval for the vaccines.
Sources told CNBC on Friday that five federal agencies have told employees that they could get either Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccines within eight weeks.
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