Fact Check: Skin reactions to the Moderna shot?

Nikki Rudd
Updated: March 17, 2021 05:41 PM
Created: March 17, 2021 05:55 AM

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Since first airing this story Wednesday morning, News10NBC has heard from several viewers who say they got a skin reaction from the vaccine. 

Jessica from Rochester sent us a picture. Her arm got itchy, red and sore about a week after the shot. That lasted just a few days. 

Elizabeth from Irondequoit had a very similar case. Her doctor treated it with a topical cream, and the rash went away in two days.

Another viewer says his wife got what her dermatologist called "COVID arm" after receiving her second Moderna shot. It covered most of her upper arm, was deep red, hot, tender and itchy. Her doctor told her not to worry, that her body was doing what it is supposed to do after a vaccine. 

ORIGINAL STORY.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We're fact-checking reports of side effects of the Moderna vaccine in adults.

You may have heard about some delayed skin reactions to the Moderna shot.  According to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, this has happened to about a dozen people.

The doctors say these patients developed large, red, sometimes raised, itchy painful skin reactions about a week after getting their first shot. The reactions cleared up about a week later, and most were treated with ice and antihistamines.

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd checked with the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub,  and Dr. Nancy Bennett told us there have been no known cases of this in our region. However, there's a national reporting system for side effects. So it's possible our hub is not aware of reactions that have happened in our community. 

Since first airing this story Wednesday morning, News10NBC has heard from several viewers who say they got a skin reaction from the vaccine. 

You may be wondering: who pays for treatment if you get a skin reaction like this? There is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Although, you should know it can take months to years to prove your case and get reimbursed. 

Click here to learn more about the program.

Side effects can also be reported through V-Safe (CDC.)

If you have additional questions, call: 1-800-338-2382 or email: vaccinecompensation@hrsa.gov.
 


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