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COVID-19 Booster Dose Side Effects Similar to that of 2nd Shot

An American study indicated a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the majority of side effects following a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot are not severe. They transpire around as common as following the second shot. The data was based on a study of over 22,000 people who registered to a vaccine safety smartphone application and who were administered a booster shot from Aug. 12 to Sept. 19.

COVID-19 Booster Shot

Edward Williams, 62, a resident at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Photo: AP)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, United States citizens who received a third dose of a novel coronavirus vaccine in the past few weeks reported side effects at estimated similar rates as they had following their second doses. Thus, it is an affirming indicator regarding the safety of extra shots. During the conducting of the CDC study, additional COVID-19 vaccine shots were merely allowed for individuals with compromised immune systems who had received two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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However, the previous week, federal regulators allowed Pfizer booster doses for large groups of the general population. This made the additional doses’ safety a subject of piqued curiosity among doctors, health officials, and other US citizens. The CDC surmised how regularly people reported side effects following a third shot in contrast with a second among 12,600 participants who had answered questionnaires as part of a voluntary safety monitoring system.

3rd Doses for Immunocompromised People

In the study wherein third shots were authorized for immunocompromised individuals, according to CDC director Rochelle Walensky at a press conference, “The frequency and type of side effects were similar to those seen after the second vaccine doses, and were mostly mild or moderate and short-lived.” Most reported side effects involved fatigue (56 percent of study participants), injection site pain (71 percent), and headache (43 percent).

Walensky also stated the report indicated that booster shots are bearable so far. She persuaded qualified individuals to discuss with their health professional, healthcare provider, or pharmacist the advantages of a vaccine booster shot, their current susceptibility for COVID-19, and the safety of being administered a third shot. The safety surveillance system was created by the agency to offer data on bad reactions following COVID-19 inoculation.

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