Tyler Perry Said He Had These Side Effects From the COVID Vaccine

The filmmaker is set to air a BET special documenting his vaccination experience.

As the weeks progress, more and more people are getting the COVID vaccine—and that includes some of your favorite celebrities, like Steve Martin, Martha Stewart, Samuel L. Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This month, another A-lister got the shot: filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry. Recently, Perry discussed his vaccination process and gave insight into the side effects he had after getting the COVID vaccine. Read on to find out what Perry experienced, and for more firsthand reports of vaccine side effects, Dr. Fauci Says He Had These Side Effects From His Second Vaccine Dose.

Tyler Perry only reported a few side effects after his second dose of the COVID vaccine.

LOS ANGELES, CA. February 21, 2020: Tyler Perry at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring Dr Phil McGraw. Pictures: Paul Smith/Featureflash

Perry received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Jan. 4. According to Perry, he had "no reaction to the first shot." After receiving his second dose on Jan. 25, he reported a few minor side effects. "I woke up with some aches and pains. But I took some Advil about an hour ago and I feel fine now," Perry told Gayle King during a CBS This Morning interview on Jan. 26, the day after he got his second dose. And for more vaccine news, Moderna's Chief Medical Officer Just Gave This Upsetting Update

He received the vaccine to help inform those who are skeptical.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine and a syringe sit on top of a vaccination date record card.
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Tyler Perry has already received both doses of the COVID vaccine, despite being only 51 while his home state of Georgia is currently only vaccinating healthcare workers, law enforcement, and those over the age of 65. However, Perry didn't skip the line. Instead, he was approached by Atlanta's Grady Health System to get the vaccine early as a figurehead, to help ease the minds of those skeptical about getting the vaccine—something he plans to help with via a BET special on Jan. 28. "They thought if Tyler Perry gets it, it'll send a strong message," King explained.

"I have a crew that works for me and they're largely African American people who were all skeptical about the vaccine," Perry said. "When they sat in the room, as they worked on the cameras, and doing hair and makeup and all that stuff, they listened to all the information and by the time we got to the end of it, they all wanted to take it. So I think again, it just goes back to getting the correct information and getting it from people that you trust and you understand." And for more on why you might want to get the vaccine, If You've Done This, You're Twice as Likely to Develop Severe COVID.

Even Perry admitted that he was skeptical of the COVID vaccine at first.

Pfizer vaccine

Perry wasn't totally on-board when he was first approached by health officials from the Grady Health System. In fact, he said he would only agree to getting the vaccine under the condition that they answered all of his questions concerning the vaccine and its development.

"If you look at our history in this country—the Tuskegee experiment, Henrietta Lacks—it raises flags for us as African American people. So I understand why there's a healthy skepticism about the vaccine," Perry told King. "I didn't really feel like I could trust it. But once I got all of the information, found out the research, I was very, very happy." And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

The CDC says side effects are normal with the COVID vaccine.


Perry only reported a few side effects from getting the vaccine, but there are a number of adverse reactions you could have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you might experience pain, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache after getting the COVID vaccine. However, the CDC notes that side effects from the COVID vaccine are normal, as with any other vaccine.

"COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection," the agency states on its website. "These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days." And for more on the spread of coronavirus, You're More Likely to Get COVID From Someone Doing This Than From Coughing.

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