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Found 3,211 cases where Vaccine is COVID19 and Symptom is Bell's palsy or Facial discomfort or Facial dysmorphism or Facial nerve disorder or Facial neuralgia or Facial palsy or Facial paralysis or Facial paresis or Facial spasm



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VAERS ID: 920323 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 63.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: Nebraska  
Vaccinated:2020-12-22
Onset:2020-12-23
   Days after vaccination:1
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA 111J20A / 1 LA / IM

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Computerised tomogram head, Facial paralysis, Laboratory test
SMQs:, Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: metformin, simvastatin, lisinopril, glipizide
Current Illness: none
Preexisting Conditions: DM2, HTN, hyperlipidemia, glaucoma
Allergies: none
Diagnostic Lab Data: Labs, CT head, ED visit
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Developed left sided Bell''s Palsy two days after receiving COVID vaccine


VAERS ID: 920672 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 60.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Texas  
Vaccinated:2020-12-17
Onset:2020-12-17
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (PFIZER-BIONTECH)) / PFIZER/BIONTECH EJ1685 / 1 RA / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Abnormal behaviour, Dysarthria, Facial paralysis, Gait disturbance, General physical condition abnormal, Pallor, Slow speech
SMQs:, Peripheral neuropathy (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Psychosis and psychotic disorders (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hostility/aggression (broad), Conditions associated with central nervous system haemorrhages and cerebrovascular accidents (broad), Hearing impairment (broad), Hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: UNK
Current Illness: UNK
Preexisting Conditions: Hx. of Cancer and Immunosuppressed disorders
Allergies: UNK
Diagnostic Lab Data: UNK
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Employee received the vaccine around 1130. She was monitored for a least 30 minutes due to her history of CA and Immunosupressed state. She went back to her office post monitoring. Around 1535, one of her employees called reporting that she didn''t look good and was acting weird - pale; stumbling; slurred speech. The coworker brought employee to the immunization clinic in private vehicle. Dr. along with the CNE and another RN went to the vehicle to asses. It was noted that employee did have slurred/slow speech; droopiness to face. She reported that she started to not feel well while in her office. V/S: B/P 141/102; pulse 108; O2 sat 96% on RA; skin pale. She stated that she felt "loopy". Employees husband was called and her co-worker was instructed to take the employee to the ER where her husband would meet them. At 1540, employee was taken to ER for evaluation.


VAERS ID: 920769 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 72.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: New York  
Vaccinated:2020-12-30
Onset:2021-01-01
   Days after vaccination:2
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA #025J20A / 1 RA / IM

Administered by: Work       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Blood glucose increased, Blood pressure increased, Electrocardiogram normal, Facial paralysis, Full blood count normal, Injection site discomfort, Laboratory test normal, Magnetic resonance imaging, Mastication disorder, Pain in jaw, SARS-CoV-2 test negative, Trigeminal nerve disorder
SMQs:, Hyperglycaemia/new onset diabetes mellitus (narrow), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hypertension (narrow), Hearing impairment (broad), Osteonecrosis (broad), COVID-19 (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: atorvastatin 40 MG tablet/d;lisinopril 20 MG tablet/d; other medications at the time :metFORMIN 850 MG tablet BID, levothyroxine 50 MCG tablet /d; liraglutide 18 MG/3ML injection pen 1.8 mgs nightly; co-enzyme Q-10 100 MG capsule/d; aspirin
Current Illness: no acute illness
Preexisting Conditions: Diabetes, Hypertension, Gout, Plantar faciitis,
Allergies: none
Diagnostic Lab Data: CBC dif, Chem Profile normal except glucose 159 . MRI no stroke. COVID-19 PCR negative . EKG Normal
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: ( I am a physician )First 24-36 hours noted minimal site discomfort. On 1/1/21 @ 6 PM with dinner noted some difficulty chewing food and minor sensation on right lower lip. As evening progressed it was noticeable a small right facial droop and distorted smile. By 1/2/21 5 AM, facial droop was more noticeable as well as distorted smile. So I decided to to ED to be checked out.ED MD was contemplating between unusual presentation of Bell''s Palsy, small stroke or COVID 19 presentation. Vitals except for slightly elevated BP (145/85) were NLas well as lab ( see below). PEx: tender area posterior to R Jaw. So left with Right madibular trigeminal inflammation ( limited Bell''s Palsy) and consideration for steroids. I opted NO steroids since I wanted to COVID vaccine response. Since it was a holiday weekend, I finally got to talk to my PCP on 1/4/21 ( Dr, from Internal Medicine at Hospital) who agree with me n no steroids. Also no vaccine until we see course and newer recommendations over next few weeks from CDC. I am being monitored with CDC text messaging but have not received a call from them yet. since 1/1/2021 there has been improvement in that there tenderness behind the right jaw is gone. There are no new symptoms but he weakness of right lower lip and eating issues persists. When a move water around in my mouth with closed lips , it tends to leak on right side. I am hoping for full recovery but time will tell. Summary of ED physician assessment from 1/2/21 Medical Decision Making Patient seen by me on: 1/2/2021 Assessment: 72 year old male presenting with right sided facial weakness. No paralysis on exam but mildly notably weaker on R side. Otherwise, neurologically intact on exam. Differential diagnosis: Bell''s Palsy, Incomplete Bell''s Palsy, CNS lesion, vaccine adverse effect, lymphadenopathy Considered CVA, not a TPA candidate based on timing and minor deficits. May need to obtain MRI to evaluate. Plan: EKG, basic labs Discussed with patient, who is a physician, given risk factors and not classic Bell''s Palsy, will proceed with MRI brain. ED Course and Disposition: MRI unremarkable. I feel this adequately rules out stroke and CNS lesion as a cause of facial weakness. CBC, CMP unremarkable. Patient''s exam remains stable. We discussed risks/benefits of steroids. Concerns being his diabetes as well as blunting immune response to vaccine. He has mild facial asymmetry but not complete and will hold off on steroids unless worsening symptoms. COVID testing sent as discussed with patient. He will return to ED or see PCP if symptoms worsen. Dx- Bell''s Palsy 01/02/21 1231


VAERS ID: 920996 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 52.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Hawaii  
Vaccinated:2020-12-17
Onset:2020-12-21
   Days after vaccination:4
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (PFIZER-BIONTECH)) / PFIZER/BIONTECH EJ1685 / 1 LA / OT

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Facial paralysis
SMQs:, Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications:
Current Illness:
Preexisting Conditions: Comments: List of non-encoded Patient Relevant History: Patient Other Relevant History 1: None
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data:
CDC Split Type: USPFIZER INC2020516977

Write-up: Droopy left cheek.; This is a spontaneous report from a contactable nurse. A 52-year-old female patient received the first dose of BNT162B2 (PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE; Lot number: EJ1685), intramuscularly in the left arm, on 17Dec2020 at 14:30 (at the age of 52-years-old) at a single dose for COVID-19 immunization. The patient had no medical history or concomitant medications. The patient had no other medications within two weeks of vaccination. The patient was not pregnant at the time of vaccination. Prior to the vaccination, the patient was not diagnosed with COVID-19. The patient previously took sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim (SEPTRA) and experienced allergy. The patient did not receive any other vaccines within four weeks prior to the vaccination. The patient experienced droopy left cheek on 21Dec2020. No therapeutic measures were taken as a result of the event. The clinical outcome of droopy left cheek was recovered in Dec2020. It was also reported that since the vaccination, the patient had not been tested for COVID-19.; Sender''s Comments: A possible causal association between administration of BNT162B2 and the onset of droopy left cheek might not be excluded considering the plausible temporal relationship. The patient had previous allergy reaction to antibiotic (sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim) use. The impact of this report on the benefit/risk profile of the Pfizer product is evaluated as part of Pfizer procedures for safety evaluation, including the review and analysis of aggregate data for adverse events. Any safety concern identified as part of this review, as well as any appropriate action in response, will be promptly notified to Regulatory Authorities, Ethics Committees and Investigators, as appropriate.


VAERS ID: 921114 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 34.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Tennessee  
Vaccinated:2020-12-28
Onset:2020-12-31
   Days after vaccination:3
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA 011J20A / 1 LA / IM

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Blister, Decreased appetite, Dizziness, Dry skin, Dysphonia, Eyelid function disorder, Facial pain, Facial paresis, Feeling abnormal, Headache, Hypoaesthesia, Impaired driving ability, Impaired work ability, Muscle spasms, Myalgia, Nervous system disorder, Neuralgia, Pain in extremity, Paraesthesia, Periorbital swelling, Pruritus, Sleep disorder, Swelling face, Vision blurred
SMQs:, Rhabdomyolysis/myopathy (broad), Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (broad), Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Angioedema (narrow), Peripheral neuropathy (narrow), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Dystonia (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Glaucoma (broad), Lens disorders (broad), Eosinophilic pneumonia (broad), Retinal disorders (broad), Vestibular disorders (broad), Periorbital and eyelid disorders (narrow), Ocular motility disorders (narrow), Hypersensitivity (narrow), Tendinopathies and ligament disorders (broad), Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad), Dehydration (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? Yes
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Zinc40mg (daily), Melatonin 10mg(nightly), Concerta 36mg(daily)
Current Illness: None.
Preexisting Conditions: None
Allergies: None
Diagnostic Lab Data: Contact PCP
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: No issue on date of vaccine. Minor muscle soreness in left arm the following day. No further issues following days. On 01/31/2020 at approximately 2130hrs, numbness and tingling of right side of face began while on work duty. Completed shift, drove home and went to bed. The following morning lips were covered in blisters, right cheek and under eye was extremely swollen. Attempted to drive to work and began experiencing brain fog and blurred vision. Returned home and facial swelling worsened along with severe headache and itchy dry skin. Took a bath and was unable to determine water temperature by touch. Intense leg muscle aches and nerve pain in right side of face. Remained calm and slept the following two days. Went to PCP as soon as possible on 01-04-2020 and was advised symptoms to be delayed adverse reaction to Moderna Vaccine. Patient was prescribed Alegra, Tylenol and methylprednisolone at this time. PCP advised inability to receive secondary dose on 01/28/2021 due to steroid treatment for allergic reaction to Moderna Vaccine. Swelling retreats and returns throughout the day following Dr visit. Voice changes occur during swelling (gurgled). The patient has no appetite but maintains a scheduled healthly diet. The patient has been unable to sleep for 24 hrs straight even after taking melatonin. There has been no shortness of breath however the patient experiences muscle spasms, dizziness and blurred vision while reading. The patient''s right side of face has slower reaction timing than the left, the right eye closes frequently (not in tandum with the left) and is unable to smile. The patient has not experienced vomiting nor stool issues. The patient is unable to return to work until 01-11-2021 or until symptoms remain undetected for 48 hrs.


VAERS ID: 921173 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age:   
Sex: Male  
Location: Massachusetts  
Vaccinated:2020-12-31
Onset:2021-01-01
   Days after vaccination:1
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA 011L20A / 1 LA / SYR

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Blood test, Dysgeusia, Facial paralysis, Magnetic resonance imaging
SMQs:, Taste and smell disorders (narrow), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: shingles vaccine 2017 diagnosed with shingles following day.
Other Medications: eloquis 5mg, HCTZ 25mg, astrovastin 45mg, metformin, Keppa 500mg, metropolol 25mg, VIte B12/ 6, fish oil Medication prescribed 1/3/21: predisone 20mg valacyclovir 500mg
Current Illness: no
Preexisting Conditions: seizure 2017 pneumonia, blood clots a fib 2018
Allergies: penicillin
Diagnostic Lab Data: Blood work, MRI w/o contrast
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: 1/1 I started having metallic taste in my mouth. 1/2 I noticed the left side of my face was drooping. 1/3 It was worse so I spoke with a a co worker who is a paramedic who told me to go to the ER. I went to ER and they diagnosed me with Bells Palsy.


VAERS ID: 921328 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 61.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: Texas  
Vaccinated:2020-12-30
Onset:2020-12-30
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA 037F20A / 1 RA / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Blood glucose, Dizziness, Facial discomfort, Feeling abnormal, Tremor
SMQs:, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dementia (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Vestibular disorders (broad), Hypoglycaemia (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? Yes
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: Rash after Flu vaccine in 2019
Other Medications: unknown
Current Illness: unknown
Preexisting Conditions:
Allergies: none listed
Diagnostic Lab Data: Diphenhydramine 50 mg IV once, Zafran 4mg once, Decadron 10 mg once. Glucose done.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Feeling dizzy, shakiness, and face pulsing. States "I fell like lost control of my body." Denies nausea, shortness of breath, reash, or itching. She did have hives when she was given a flu shot last year.


VAERS ID: 921633 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 26.0  
Sex: Female  
Location: New York  
Vaccinated:2020-12-30
Onset:2020-12-30
   Days after vaccination:0
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (PFIZER-BIONTECH)) / PFIZER/BIONTECH EK9231 / 1 RA / IM

Administered by: Other       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Blood test, Computerised tomogram, Drooling, Dry eye, Ear pain, Facial paralysis, Hypoaesthesia, Neurological examination abnormal, Paraesthesia
SMQs:, Peripheral neuropathy (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Dyskinesia (broad), Dystonia (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Corneal disorders (broad), Hearing impairment (broad), Conjunctival disorders (narrow), Lacrimal disorders (narrow), Dehydration (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Doxycycline 20 mg bid, Vascepa 2 caps bid, YAZ, Spironolactone, Folic acid 1 mg, Fluoxetine 40 mg daily, GNC women''s multivitamin
Current Illness: None
Preexisting Conditions: None
Allergies: Acetaminophen and daptomycin
Diagnostic Lab Data: CT scan to rule out stroke and full blood work. As per the neurologist (MD), patient is developing mild Bell''s Palsy.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: The night after the covid vaccine, the patient started experiencing left-side facial numbness and tingling of the V2 and V3. Patient also started experiencing ear pain. Patient also had uncontrollable drooling and dry eye. The next day, the patient went to work and there the adverse events started worsening. Patient went to the ER and did a full workup. CT scan to rule out stroke and full blood work. As per the neurologist (MD), patient is developing mild Bell''s Palsy. No course of treatment was given.


VAERS ID: 921802 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 51.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: New York  
Vaccinated:2020-12-21
Onset:2020-12-29
   Days after vaccination:8
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (PFIZER-BIONTECH)) / PFIZER/BIONTECH EK5730 / 1 LA / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Computerised tomogram, Facial paralysis, Facial paresis, Paraesthesia oral
SMQs:, Oropharyngeal conditions (excl neoplasms, infections and allergies) (narrow), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad), Immune-mediated/autoimmune disorders (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Diabetic Medications
Current Illness: No acute illness
Preexisting Conditions: Type 2 Diabetes
Allergies: None
Diagnostic Lab Data: Ct to r/o CVA
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Patient developed tingling on the tongue 7 days after vaccine and developed unilateral facial weakness 9 days later diagnosed as bell''s palsy and started on Prednisone, Valcyclovir and ophthalmic Lubricants.


VAERS ID: 921950 (history)  
Form: Version 2.0  
Age: 57.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: California  
Vaccinated:2020-12-23
Onset:2021-01-03
   Days after vaccination:11
Submitted: 0000-00-00
Entered: 2021-01-05
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
COVID19: COVID19 (COVID19 (MODERNA)) / MODERNA - / 1 RA / IM

Administered by: Private       Purchased by: ?
Symptoms: Facial paralysis
SMQs:, Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Hearing impairment (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? No
Permanent Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Previous Vaccinations: Shingles 2.5 years ago tiredness
Other Medications: Allopurinol; amlodipine; hydrochlorothiazide; lisinopril; atorvastatin
Current Illness: HTN. Hypertriglycerademia; gout
Preexisting Conditions:
Allergies: None
Diagnostic Lab Data: ER visit
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: Bell?s palsy


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