Tuesday, December 15, 2020

FDA Staff Recommends Watching for Bell’s Palsy in Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine Recipients

Bell's Palsy

U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff recommends monitoring people who get Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine shots for possible cases of Bell’s Palsy, saying it’s not necessarily a side effect but worth watching out for, reports CNBC.

A 54-page staff report released Tuesday said there were four reported cases of Bell’s Palsy among Moderna’s more than 30,000 clinical trial participants. Three of the participants who got Bell’s palsy also received the vaccine instead of a placebo shot. Pfizer’s trial similarly had four reported cases of Bell’s palsy out of some 43,000 participants. All four Bell’s palsy cases in Pfizer’s trial got the vaccine and not the placebo.

And this:

Two of the cases of Bell’s Palsy among Moderna’s vaccine group have since “resolved” while one was still ongoing at the time of the report, the FDA staff said. The vaccinated participants experienced the paralysis between 22 days and 32 days following inoculation, they said.

Mark your calendar, 22 days out is January 6. It is going to be a scary New Year's greeting for a few.

All for a vaccine that protects against a virus that is not a severe problem for 99.9% of the population.

Bell’s Palsy causes a sudden freezing or weakness in a person’s facial muscles that’s temporary for most people, according to the Mayo Clinic

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  1. Interestingly enough, Bells Palsy may be caused by various viruses, such as influenza. One of its symptoms is loss of taste. Are the vaccine cases perhaps an autoimmune response? There are a couple of articles that can be found on the internet suggesting that Bells Palsy is an autoimmune disorder. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bells-palsy/symptoms-causes/syc-20370028

  2. What's nice about this is we don't have to carry vaccine cards. If you want to get into a concert all you need is a droopy face.

  3. Come on, Bob! The vaccine(s) are FDA approved, which means we know they're perfectly safe. We can always trust the FDA! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

  4. I was in for a follow up with my surgeon today and he was so happy to tell me he was getting the vaccine on Thursday. “We are going to beat this!”
    I just told him he was crazy. There’s nothing to beat. We’ve had many talks about Covid.