A bizarre new side effect has been reported by people who have received their COVID-19 vaccine.
Health regulators state that all vaccines have side effects and the most common can include pain in the arm where you‘ve had the jab, or muscle aches.
But some people have claimed that they have been left with a metal taste in their mouth after receiving their jabs.
So far in the UK more than 28.9 million people have received a first dose of either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine – with more than 2.7 million having had a second.
A report by the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) found that flu-like symptoms, tiredness and a headache were the most common side effects experienced by Brits, along with arm pain and fever.
In the US, a host of people have now claimed that they have an intense metallic taste in their mouth that lasts for days after vaccination.
After having the Pfizer vaccine, John Howard, from South Carolina, said the sensation came on within minutes of him having the jab.
Speaking to NBC News, Mr Howard, 45, said that while the symptom wasn‘t “debilitating” he just wanted his coffee to taste normal.
Another patient, Dave Bischel, 52, from California, said he could taste nickel.
But it‘s not just the Pfizer jab that has left a bad taste in some people’s mouths.
One man claimed he tasted metal for several house after the Moderna jab.
Paul Wartenberg, 50, from Florida, said the taste went away after he had eaten his dinner.
She said: “It‘s natural to worry about side effects, and as with any vaccine there may be some mild ones. Like with the flu jab, there have been reports of some people feeling tired, having a slight headache and sore, aching muscles afterwards.
While you might feel a bit rubbish, it’s normal, lasts only a couple of days and is actually a good sign the jab is working.
It doesn’t mean you are seriously infected, it means your immune system is kicking in and is primed to jump at the first sign of a Covid infection.
Scientists at Pfizer said their extensive trials showed the vaccine is “generally well tolerated in all age groups”.
Side effects can be mild and independent data monitoring reported that there were no safety concerns.
The Vaccine Knowledge Group, in partnership with Oxford University says because vaccines work by triggering your immune system to produce a reaction, you can have side effects after you receive the vaccine that feel similar to having a real infection.
They state that the most common side effect associated with the Oxford jab is arm pain, with 67 per cent of patients experiencing this.
This is followed by chills, fever, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue and headaches.
A report from Pfizer says that the worst side effects were fatigue and headaches – but only after the second dose.
Just four per cent of people reported fatigue and two per cent reported a headache.
Similar to jabs such as the flu, some people reported pain in the site the injection was administered.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com said that side effects from the Pfizer vaccine have so far been “mild”.
She said that all vaccines cause side effects in some people – but that this is largely because they are designed to boost your immune system.
Dr Sarah said: “When your immune system is learning to fight off an invader, lots of white blood cells rush to where they’re needed and produce natural chemicals.
“That means most vaccines, including the annual flu vaccine, can lead to mild redness, tenderness of swelling around the area you had the injection.
“In the Covid-19 vaccine trials, all the side effects seen so far have been mild and very similar to those seen with other vaccines like the yearly flu vaccine.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission