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Adverse effects Arizonans are seeing from COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 4:45 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 00:29:07-05

PHOENIX — As Arizona moves closer to hitting the major vaccination milestone of a million doses dispensed, some are still wary of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The most recent data from the CDC shows 1,127 adverse reactions have been reported so far in our state.

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The most common reactions include:

  • Headache - 48 cases
  • Dizziness - 36 cases
  • Chills - 35 cases

The CDC reports include information for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

However, the agency stresses the reports have not yet been verified and anyone can submit suspected cases of adverse reactions.

AHC/Redirect Health medical director Dr. Janice Johnston says most people feel perfectly fine after receiving the vaccine, but those who do experience mild symptoms shouldn't worry.

"It's just your body getting into gear and starting to mount a response to something that's foreign. It's not necessarily a bad thing that you're showing some reaction."

At State Farm Stadium, patients wait 15 minutes after they're injected before being released. Nurses and EMTs are on site in case of a rare allergic reaction.

"We call it anaphylaxis, when you swell up. You may have difficulty breathing," Dr. Johnston explains.

While the CDC only lists one case of an anaphylactic reaction in Arizona, there are multiple reports of healthcare workers using an EpiPen on patients who experienced a variety of allergic type reactions.

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