Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) — Kat Bermudez, a Filipina nurse based in the United States, was among the first people in the US to receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech.
Bermudez, who works at the Stanford Hospital in California, said she did not have any adverse reaction to the new vaccine, except for a temporary arm pain, which she noted was a common side effect of inoculation. She received her first dose last Monday and is set to get her second shot on Jan. 12.
“So far, I didn’t have any issues with it except for that pain in my arm that lasted for about two days,” the nurse told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend on Saturday.
“But I had COVID in November that is why I thought maybe that is part of the reason why I did not have as [many] side effects,” she added.
Bermudez also said none of her colleagues experienced side effects after their COVID-19 vaccination, adding they “all did fine.”
But she underscored the importance of being informed about the coronavirus vaccine, including its safety and risks before deciding to get inoculated, saying there is still a lot to be known about this new product.
Earlier this month, at least three health care workers in Alaska had an allergic reaction after receiving a dose of the new Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine, CNN has reported. All of them have reportedly recovered from the allergies.
More than one million people have received their first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine in the US.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommended that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities get the vaccines first.
The vaccine produced jointly by Pfizer and BioNTech was the first to receive an emergency use authorization in the US, followed by Moderna. By CNN Philippines Staff