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North Canton man describes his experience as Pfizer vaccine trial participant

Posted at 2:41 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 14:41:14-05

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — On Monday, following the announcement from Pfizer that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate has an efficacy rate above 90%, a North Canton man participating in the trial shared his experience with News 5.

Steve Tirrell, who is a Pfizer vaccine trial participant, said he got a mild headache and felt a little hungover both times he received the dose, which consists of a two-shot regimen.

“I had some mild, mild, mild side effects the day after the shot, both times, but other than that, it's been great,” he said.

Tirrell hasn’t been told if he received the vaccine or the placebo, but he said he did have blood work done, and it showed he had positive antibodies.

He shared a message for anyone unsure about getting the vaccine when it’s available.

“If you want to get back to normal life, go get the vaccine,” Tirrell said. “They are not taking shortcuts. They are just doing this in an expedient fashion. They are doing all the things they would normally do in sequence all at the same time.”

Pfizer said it is now increasing production, but getting the vaccine to the general population won’t be easy, as it has to be stored and shipped in freezers that can keep the medicine around 94 degrees below zero.

UPS said it’s building freezer farms, and FedEx is adding freezers and refrigerated trucks to its fleet.

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