COVID-19 vaccine: Roanoke residents react


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 keep rising in the Near Southwest Region, so with the vaccines almost ready to be distributed on a mass scale and neighbors in Roanoke seem to be ready to take them.

Dr. Paul R. Skolnik, the Chair of Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic, says that the vaccines have been tested thoroughly.

“Both the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine have been through large clinical trials. The Pfizer vaccine included 30,000 participants, the Moderna vaccine 40,000 participants.”

However, many people with whom news crews spoke said they had concerns over side effects.

“The vaccines do have side effects, however. And so when these are administered much like other vaccines, some small percentage of people will get side effects,” Dr. Skolnik.

That includes mild symptoms like headaches. He said eight to 10 percent of people could experience side effects with the first dose.

For the second dose, between 20 to 40% of people within eight to 10 hours of the dosage may feel symptoms. Experts said it is a sign in many cases that your body is making antibodies.

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