A group of doctors have urged public health officials and doctors to be clear with patients about the coronavirus vaccine — it won’t necessarily be an easy experience.

What’s going on?

A group of doctors met with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday to discuss distribution of the coronavirus vaccine, CNBC reports.

Dr. Sandra Fryhofer of the American Medical Association said she worried patients will not want to come back to her for another COVID-19 vaccine dose because the first dose of vaccines will be unpleasant. Two doses will be required for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

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  • “We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park,” Fryhofer said, according to CNBC. “They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.”

Moderna and Pfizer said the coronavirus vaccine could induce side effects that come with mild COVID-19, like muscle pain, chills and a headache, CNBC reports.

What the vaccine feels like

As I wrote about for the Deseret News, multiple participants leaked details of the coronavirus vaccine trials back in early October, saying they experienced COVID-19 symptoms.

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Some symptoms they felt included:

  • High fever
  • Body aches
  • Bad headaches
  • Exhaustion

The participants said the side effects were worth it because they knew they were protecting themselves from the coronavirus.