Dr. Siegel: The side effects of COVID-19 are “temporary” compared to severe viral symptoms

Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at Langone University in New York, on Friday called on the public to accept the upcoming coronavirus vaccines and told Bill Hemmer Reports that the rarely reported side effects occur simultaneously and are less severe. than the more extreme. symptoms of the infection itself.

Presenter Rick Leventhal noted that the journal Science reported a man who had participated in the Moderna vaccine trial and claimed to have had severe short-term symptoms.

The man claimed to have watched his arm swell to the size of a “goose egg,” but he himself wasn’t sure if he belonged to the placebo or vaccine group.

In response, Siegel noted that the story only adds to the feeling that roughly half of Americans feel as they are averse to vaccinations.

“It bothers me; that’s exactly the question,” he said. “We need more people to take the vaccine no less. I know him personally from the treatment [COVID-19] long-term side effects in patients [COVID-19] we are worried on our own. “

Siegel described the reported side effects of the vaccine as “temporary” as they usually last up to a day.

He said 2% of subjects vaccinated with Moderna and Pfizer experienced fever and only a few additional individuals suffered from severe fatigue.

“You could see that this is a minority of patients who even have such side effects,” he said. “But this question was raised: They should not have been told in advance [of potential side effects]? And the answer is yes. “

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


“Here, too, we are dealing with a virus that has very serious side effects in high-risk groups. Not only do I want high-risk groups to receive these vaccines – and health workers and emergency workers – but they need to be taken into account. around them, “he said.

People need to know about side effects to prepare for them and understand that side effects affect a small percentage of people and the effects are temporary, he said.

The doctor added that the U.S. Army general, introduced by President Trump to distribute the vaccines, Gustave Perna, remains ready to send vaccine candidates in a orderly manner quickly across the country if the federal government approves the vaccines.