Volunteers given Pfizer’s breakthrough Covid vaccine compare the jab’s side effects to ‘a severe hangover’
- More than 43,500 people from six countries have taken part in the Pfizer trial
- Carrier, 45, from the US revealed she felt it was her ‘civic duty’ to take part
- And Glenn Deshields, a lobbyist from US, compared affects to ‘hangover’
Volunteers on the Pfizer vaccine trial have compared the side effects of receiving the jab to a ‘severe hangover’ and revealed they signed up because they felt it was their ‘civic duty’.
More than 43,500 people in six countries have taken part in the phase three trial run by the pharmaceutical giant and its partner BioNTech.
And yesterday early results suggested the jab was 90 per cent effective, raising hopes that an exit from the pandemic has been uncovered.
Glenn Deshields, 44, from Texas, said taking the vaccine left him with what felt like a ‘severe hangover’. Pfizer’s vaccine has proved 90 per cent effective in early trials
Among them was Carrie, a 45-year-old from Missouri in the United States, who said signing up for the trial was a ‘civic duty’ and said Monday’s positive news left her feeling ‘very proud’.
She said: ‘There are so many people who have had it and suffered.
‘The thought that we could do something to stop people from suffering from this, from losing family members, that we could get rid of it and get back to some sort of normal in our lives – that’s a driving factor for this for me.
‘I don’t want anyone else to be sick.’
Carrie, who works in publishing, received her first shot back in September and a her second last month.
The trial is double blind, which means the participants do not know if they are receiving the vaccine or a placebo – but Carrie believes she received the former.
She said she suffered side effects – a headache, fever and aches over her body – which were comparable to a flu jab after her first shot, and more severe after the second.
Glenn Deshields, a lobbyist from Austin, Texas, compared the side effects to ‘a severe hangover’.
Mr Deshields, 44, said he subsequently scheduled an antibody test through his doctor and it came back positive, so he was confident he had not received the placebo.
Mr Geshields said he was proud to have taken part. Carrie, 45, also from the US, was also involved in Pfizer’s vaccine trial
He said his own immune reaction to the shot made him confident about the vaccine, but he was nevertheless ‘very excited’ by Monday’s news.
He added: ‘My grandfather, one of his first memories was of the bells ringing when World War I ended.
‘It was a horrific war and horrible things happened and people were just happy it was over with.
‘In my mind I felt the same way… I kind of felt it was something like that. Thank god, it’s going to be over at some point.’
Bryan, an engineer from Rome, Georgia, said he felt ‘a little bit of pride’ on hearing the news but added that taking part in the study was ‘the least I could do to help out’ as ‘a lot of people are needlessly suffering from the virus’ in America.
Bryan believes he was given the placebo – he felt no immune response and, having received his two shots, came down with Covid shortly after his daughter caught it last month.
His whole family ultimately caught it but have all recovered.
Bryan, 42, said watching President Donald Trump’s ‘bungled’ response to the pandemic as been ‘disheartening’.
He voted for Joe Biden in last week’s election and believes the situation will improve once the president-elect takes office.
‘I’m embarrassed by how the US president has handled the pandemic,’ he said.
‘But I’m hopeful now because in addition to the good news with the Pfizer vaccine, we have a new president-elect and I’m sure he won’t ignore scientists, he won’t downplay the virus, he won’t make fun of people wearing masks – so combined I think it’ll save a lot of lives.’