As people across the country receive the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, some have reported adverse reactions to the injection. The vaccine, which was authorized for emergency use in the United States last month, may have side effects for people with cosmetic facial fillers, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During a meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) in December, the FDA reported that two people with dermal fillers experienced facial swelling after receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
In both cases, cosmetic fillers were injected before vaccination. According to Stat‘s live-blog of the VRBPAC meeting, one woman got fillers six months before receiving the Moderna vaccine, while another got fillers two weeks before. Dr. Samuel Lin, a board-certified plastic surgeon and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, tells ELLE.com both women were treated and have since recovered. “They didn’t require hospitalization. [The side effects] weren’t life-threatening, certainly, and all these cases were resolved fully with steroid medication and antihistamines,” Lin explains. Despite these possible side effects, Lin urges anyone eligible to receive the vaccine. “At the end of the day, it’s more important to get the vaccination than looking good