Houston Chronicle

Minimal side effects

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Regarding “The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and here’s why,” (A15, Jan. 7): I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot on Monday afternoon and was observed for side effects for the required 20 minutes after the shot. As of Wednesday morning, the only noticeable side effect is minor arm soreness, which is getting better. That seems to be the norm for those I’ve talked to, but a few people are experienci­ng flu-like symptoms. Friends of mine, who are over 70 years old and got the Pfizer vaccine, also note only minimal arm soreness after getting the vaccine.

I am 66 years old and being treated for the comorbidit­ies of heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure.

I also have had anaphylact­ic reactions to bee stings, dust, milk products and shellfish in my past. Because I have or had those allergies, my doctors advised I be observed 15 minutes longer after receiving the vaccine and get it at a medical facility, not a pharmacy or civic center.

My business partner also has a shellfish allergy, and he had no adverse effects from the vaccine except minor arm soreness.

I highly recommend getting the vaccine as the advantages far outweigh the disadvanta­ges, unless your physician advises differentl­y.

I also will continue to take other precaution­s and wear a mask in public as advised by Dr. Peter Hotez. My wife gets her vaccine shot on Friday. My wife and I both worked for many years in hospitals, and three of my best friends since college are prominent doctors who concur.

Mike Fuljenz, Beaumont

 ?? Steve Gonzales / Staff photograph­er ?? Area residents wait in long lines to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on Jan. 9 at Minute Maid Park.
Steve Gonzales / Staff photograph­er Area residents wait in long lines to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on Jan. 9 at Minute Maid Park.

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