Disclaimer: This post is from GomerBlog, a satirical site about healthcare.
The most common side effect or adverse reaction healthcare workers are experiencing after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is hope, a GomerBlog analysis found.
“The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has been overwhelmed by thousands of reports from emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other healthcare personnel who are experiencing unfamiliar new symptoms such as hope, relief, and optimism,” explained Cazzie Barnes, a CDC spokesperson. “These symptoms have not been seen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, so it is indeed alarming. We need to be cautious and methodical as we process these data, and continue to encourage everyone to report these issues as they arise.”
VAERS was established in 1990 for the purpose of detecting safety issues for vaccines licensed in the United States. It is co-managed by both the CDC and the FDA. There are no licensed vaccines for COVID-19; however, both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna received emergency use authorization earlier this month.
Based on a GomerBlog poll of 5,000 healthcare workers who have already received their first vaccine dose, hope was more common than injection-site pain, headache, or fatigue. This was not reported in the vaccines’ placebo-controlled trials, perhaps because participants could not be sure whether they had received the active vaccine.
In a joint statement Wednesday, the CDC and FDA reminded vaccinated healthcare workers that, if they develop sudden onset of positivity or an acute facial contortion known as a “smile,” they should seek medical attention immediately.
Last Updated January 13, 2021