TEMPO.CO, Bandung - Several volunteers for the clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China-based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac in Bandung admitted they felt sore arms after receiving the shots. The same effect occurred at the first and second injections that were two weeks apart.
“I don't have a jab mark. I just felt soreness to the bone for 30 minutes,” said 53-year-old male volunteer Arif Budiawan on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
He received the shot twice in October and November 2020, claiming the same impact after the second injection. Besides, he also experienced light fever.
After 30 minutes of waiting without any medication post the injection at Dago Health Center, Bandung, his body temperature returned to normal. Days after, Arif said there was neither complaint nor illness following the shot.
Another volunteer Herlina Agustin shared the same condition of sore arms. The 52-year-old woman said her first shot occurred on August 28, 2020, and the second shot on September 11, 2020. However, she admitted she did not feel fever or dizziness. Her jab mark did not get red or swollen and there was no allergy.
Today, Jan. 13, the government planned to kick off mass Covid-19 vaccination using the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine. The program will be started after President Jokowi receives his first shot today. The first stage of the program is prioritized for health workers.
ANWAR SISWADI (CONTRIBUTOR)