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Dr. Fauci Reports Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine

“Well, I can tell you from my own experience,” he answered.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
Doctor Anthony Fauci

Some Americans can't wait to get their COVID vaccine. Others are skeptical it's safe. In an effort to reach the latter, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with Prince George's County Health Officer Monday, and was asked about the most common vaccine side effects. "Well, I can tell you from my own experience," he answered, "because I think I had what's called the prototype experience." Read on to see what he felt, and what you might feel—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Said His Arm Hurt a Little Bit

A man experiencing discomfort in his upper arm

The vaccine requires two doses—a prime and a boost—to be effective. "After the first prime, my arm hurt a little bit," said Dr. Fauci. "If I pressed on it, I felt the little ache in the arm went to bed at night, and woke up the next morning. It lasted maybe into the next day, but by the night time of the second day, it was gone."


Dr. Fauci Said He Felt Fatigued After the Second Dose

Tired mature woman take off glasses suffering from headache

It was "a little bit different with the boost," said Dr. Fauci, "with the boost, which was 28 days later for me, again, I had a little bit of an ache in the arm, but towards the evening, I started to feel a bit fatigued." 


Dr. Fauci Said He Got Some Muscle Aches

Man suffering from back pain and kidney stones

Fauci described "maybe a little lower back muscle ache that made me feel not a hundred percent normal. It didn't prevent me from coming to work. I did everything I do normally on a working day, went to bed, woke up" and the aches and fatigue "got a little bit better the next day. And by the following night, I was back to a hundred percent normal." 


Dr. Fauci Said Some People Get a Fever

woman covered with plaid checking her body temperature while sitting in bed at her apartment

"So for about 24 hours, you may be fatigued, you may have a little muscle ache, it's unusual to get a fever, but it has occurred in some people—I did not get a fever, but some people do get fever," he said. 

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Dr. Fauci Said Please Get Two Shots, Which Includes the "Boost"

Doctor holding syringe in hospital.

"In order to get the maximum response, we know clearly that you get some response after the primary, but the maximum response, for example, the level of neutralizing antibodies after the boost is about 10 fold, greater than what it is following the prime. So you get a very good benefit from getting the boost." So get your vaccine scheduled as soon as you can—and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.