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COVID-19 Vaccine Has Potential Side Effects, Nurse Volunteer Says

Nurse researcher Kristen Choi, PhD, RN, experienced first-hand a "worst-case scenario" of potential side effects after receiving an experimental COVID-19 vaccine in a phase 3 trial. She says clinicians should be prepared to reassure patients if reports of similar experiences spread when vaccine rollouts begin.

"This was the highest fever I can ever remember having, and it scared me," said Choi, with the School of Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Choi volunteered to participate in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial in August. When she came back for the second dose in September she began to experience distressing symptoms.

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