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Tulsa man describes experience in COVID-19 vaccine trial

Posted at 8:30 PM, Dec 07, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — With the U.S. getting close to authorizing a COVID-19 vaccine, a Tulsa man is speaking out about his experience in one of the vaccine trials.

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Terry Daniel wanted to do something to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, in July, he signed up for the Moderna vaccine trial through the Lynn Institute in Oklahoma City. As a cancer survivor, he wasn’t sure he would be approved. But, he received his first shot in August.

“It’s really been not a bad experience at all," he said. "They did a physical and blood work and gave me a COVID test."

Daniel said the trial uses an app to keep track of things like his temperature or if he's been exposed to COVID.

He doesn’t know whether he received the vaccine or the placebo. He said his arm was sore after the first shot. It ached again and had a red spot after his second shot a month later. He also had some other minor symptoms.

“I ran a low-grade fever and had some just aches and some fatigue for about two days and then it went away," he said.

Daniel must now go back two more times to do more blood work and check-ups. In total, the trial will take about two years.

While some are hesitant to get the vaccine when it becomes available, Daniel is encouraging everyone to take it. He also said it's important people
get both doses of the vaccine.

“It is just a little bit of discomfort at first, as with any vaccination, but it’s a lot better than the alternative," he said.

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