Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours

The nation's top infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Ex-Trump doctor turned GOP lawmaker wants Biden to take cognitive test MORE told reporters on Thursday that the second round of the COVID-19 vaccine knocked him out for 24 hours. 

“I did. I had it on the 19th. I was hoping that I wouldn’t get too knocked out. I did for about 24 hours. Now I’m fine,” Fauci said after he was asked if he received the second dose of the vaccine at a White House event. 


“Fatigued. A little achy. You know. Chilly. Not sick,” Fauci clarified.

The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can leave people feeling tired and achy. Other symptoms include chills and a fever.

Fauci received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna in December on live television to boost the public's confidence in the vaccine. President Biden and other leaders such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl MORE (R-K.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks MORE (R-S.C.) have endorsed taking the vaccine to instill public confidence. 


Thus far, most states have rolled out their vaccine distributions, prioritizing health care professionals, first responders and the elderly first. Some local leaders, however, have expressed frustration with the federal vaccine rollout, stating that they are not receiving adequate allocations of the vaccine from the government. 

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioAdams, Wiley lead field in NYC mayoral primary: poll New York City moving thousands of people from hotels back to shelters The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D) said Wednesday that the city needed to reschedule tens of thousands of vaccination appointments due to a lack of product supply. 

More than 17.5 million people have been vaccinated in the U.S. thus far, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But health experts warns that the rate of vaccination needs to increase to obtain herd immunity. 

Biden's administration has set the goal of administering 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days of his presidency, and has vowed to use powers under the Defense Production Act to speed up the process. 

The news comes as the death toll in the U.S. hit more than 400,000 this week.