BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Local health experts are warning the public about the side effects of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Both commonly available COVID vaccines from Cambridge-based Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech require a second dose.
Some people are reporting worse side effects on the second round of the COVID vaccines as compared to the first.
According to Dr. Paul Sax, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, these side effects range from more pain in the arm, to intense fatigue the next day and occasionally fevers and headache.
But Sax says these reactions to the second dose are a good thing, indicating a better immune response.
“With a stronger response, protection from COVID-19 is greater,” he said.
Sax notes that the stronger side effects usually happen in younger adults, and only rarely are bad enough to keep people out of work.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports: