Dr. Siegel: Side effects of COVID-19 vaccine are “transient” compared to severe viral symptoms


New York University-Langone professor of medicine Dr Marc Siegel urged the public on Friday to accept the next coronavirus vaccines, telling “Bill Hemmer Reports” that the rare side effects reported are both quickly sent and less serious than some of the more extreme. symptoms of the contagion itself.

Host Rick Leventhal noted that the journal “Science” reported that a man participating in the Moderna vaccine trial claimed to have had severe symptoms in the short term.

The man claimed to have seen his arms swell to the size of a “goose egg”, but he did not know himself whether he was in the placebo group or the vaccine group.

In response, Siegel noted that the story only adds to the feeling that about half of Americans feel, in that they are opposed to taking a vaccine.

“That bothers me; that exact question, ”he said. “We need more people to take the vaccine, not less. [COVID-19] patients with long-term side effects [COVID-19] we are concerned about itself. ”

Siegel described the reported side effects of the vaccine as “transient” in that they tend not to last more than a day.

He said that 2% of Moderna and Pfizer vaccinees had a fever, and a few other subjects suffered from severe fatigue.

“You can see it’s a minority of patients who even experience these side effects,” he said. “But this question was raised: shouldn’t they have been informed in advance [of potential side effects]? And the answer is yes. ”

Siegel added that the COVID-19 vaccines do indeed have stronger side effects than the annual flu shot, but reiterated that they remain temporary.


“Again, we are dealing with a virus here that has very serious side effects in high risk groups. around them, ”he said. “We need to vaccinate everyone across the country. ”

People need to know about side effects in order to be prepared for them and to understand that side effects affect a small minority of people and the effects are temporary, he said.

The doctor added that the U.S. Army General President Trump has appointed to distribute vaccines, Gustav Perna, remains ready to quickly dispatch vaccine candidates across the country in an orderly fashion once the federal government approves. vaccines.


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