Bell’s palsy IS linked to the COVID-19 vaccine: Man, 61, developed rare facial paralysis that occurs in just 0.02% of patients after both shots of Pfizer.
- Researchers documented the case of a 61-year-old white man in the UK who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
- After his first dose in January, he developed Bell’s palsy, a nerve condition causing a patient to experience muscle weakness in half of their face.
- He was given a treatment course of steroids and recovered, but developed the condition again after his second dose.
- This time, it was a severe case with side effects including dribbling, difficulty swallowing and being unable to fully close his left eye.
- The man has since recovered and the researchers say the vaccine and Bell’s palsy are linked, but it is a rare side effect .
- A recent study suggested it occurs in just 0.02% of vaccinated patients .
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