Charlene, Age 37, Pfizer Dose

01/06/2021

Ms Charlene Lin, 37, who works in the food and beverage industry, took her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on 24 Jan 2021, 7pm and felt dizzy after that. She then went to Singapore General Hospital (SGH)'s emergency department on 25 Jan for medical assistance where she went through various testing overnight and was discharged. However, Ms Lin's legs weakened, making her unable to walk and was warded for 34 days. She has since went for multiple trips to the hospital for various reviews.

Since being warded, Ms Lin has undergone tests including various scans and blood draws to rule out various diseases. However, no doctors are able to give her an accurate diagnosis despite these multiple tests. According to Ms Lin, she has never experienced any allergies or reactions to medication and she has been a healthy person who exercise and donates blood regularly.

After receiving no reply from SGH on her initial questions on the costs of her medical tests, she went on to enquire about the application process for the Ministry of Health's (MOH) Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP). She felt that it took quite a while from the time VIFAP was first announced in January to March for the VIFAP form to be finally ready for application. The social worker was assisting her and she also approached MP to expedite this but the outcome is still pending as of May after several email follow up.   

In response to her Facebook comment that went viral in January that her case was not reported under the adverse vaccine events, SGH made public statement that "our doctors have conducted multiple tests, and so far, there is no evidence that her signs and symptoms are related to the vaccine she received recently. We take a cautious approach and will continue to monitor her condition and conduct tests as needed." However, Charlene noted that a new drug allergy "Tozinameran" was written on her discharge summary and found out that it was linked to BioNTech, Pfizer Vaccine when she did a google search.  

Charlene recounted on her Facebook post on 12 May 2021 that the journey can be lonely, facing the uncertainty of longer term side effects. In the process, she had to re-learn walking again. Somedays after a super light duty at work, she could not even climb 2 steps of stairs. While she may not have as many happy photos to post as before - not being able to perform the usual tasks of carrying kids, swim, scuba dive, cycle or multi-task as before, she is focusing on what she can for now, like relaxing at the beach, walking on flat ground, standing for some hours,  baby-sit, hang out with others and perhaps even going on first dates. 

Read Charlene's account on her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/700370875/videos/10157767433000876/

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