Covid-19 vaccine volunteers describe side effects – including ‘feeling hungover’

Volunteers of the new Covid-19 vaccine have spoken out about their experience trialling the jab and explained some of the side effects people can expect.

Carrie, from the United States, signed up for the trial as she felt as though it was her "civic duty."

She is one of more than 43,500 people across six countries that took part in the phase three trial, which was double blind, meaning participants do not know if they received a vaccine or a placebo.

The 45-year-old, who believes she received the vaccine, was given the first shot back in September, and the second in October.

During the month long break, Carrie said she suffered several side effects, including a headache, fever and aches over her body, which she compare to the flu jab.

She also said the side effects were more severe after the second, and told the PA news agency she had stepped up so everyone could "get rid of" coronavirus.

Carrie 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."

Glenn Deshields, a lobbyist from Austin, Texas, compared the side effects to "a severe hangover" and said his reaction to the shot made him confident about the vaccine.

He said: "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."

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Bryan, an engineer from Rome, Georgia, also took part in the trial but believes he was given the placebo as he felt no immune response.

He said he even came down with Covid himself shortly after his daughter caught the virus last month.

Bryan, 42, said watching President Donald Trump's "bungled" response to the pandemic has been "disheartening" and wanted to do his bit to help out.

He said: "I'm embarrassed by how the US president has handled the pandemic.

"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."

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