Vicksburg Daily News ran a poll asking our readers, “Did you experience side effects with your COVID-19 vaccine?” The results are now in.
During this poll, we ran into an issue with the poll host, which allowed multiple answers. We have combed through the submissions and removed duplicate answers in order to get a more realistic sense of the actual numbers.
This poll is not meant to be taken as an official tally concerning vaccine effects to those who receive it, nor does VDN claim the poll as being indicative of the majority of those who have taken the vaccine. We did not distinguish between the type of vaccine, age, sex or pre-existing conditions.
With all that being said, onto the results.
Of those polled, we see that mild side effects are most common. 53% of those polled indicated they experienced mild side effects after taking their COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, common side effects may include pain, swelling, muscle pain, chills, fever and/or nausea – among other possible symptoms.
Severe side effects represented 11% of our poll. The CDC states, “Severe adverse reactions (grade ≥3, defined as interfering with daily activity) occurred more commonly with the vaccine (8.8%) compared with placebo (2.1%).” This statement is in reference specifically to the Pfizer vaccine.
This seems to run close to the numbers we received during our polling. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution was recently put on hold due to a rare and severe blood clot type developing after taking it. Though the number of cases is extremely low, an abundance of caution is being exercised.
28% reported experiencing no side-effects at all after receiving their shot.
As of Thursday, the CDC reports that 198.3 million people have received at least one dose of a variant of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 78.5 million being fully vaccinated.
Almost 25% the population is fully vaccinated. President Biden recently updated his pledge for vaccine distributions to a goal of 200 million shots given by his 100th day in office.
Even with Johnson & Johnson out of the picture for now, the vaccine distribution rates do not seem to be majorly affected.