Covid-19 Vaccine: My Experience

Theres a lot of scuttle and chatter going around about the Covid-19 vaccine. Many younger populations and non-healthcare workers have yet to be offered the shot. Many are still on the fence on whether or not to get the vaccine, understandably so. I was nervous about this too. Hearing allegations from conspiracy theorists that the vaccine is tainted by the government in some way or contains some type of crazy tracking chip, makes a person think twice. After all, this vaccine is brand new and not much is known about long term side effects. Despite being on the fence regarding the vaccine, I decided to get both doses. I am not writing this to persuade anyone toward or against getting the shot. What I will do in this post is tell you my personal experience with both doses and what you should expect.

I received the first dose the Moderna vaccine from my employer 4 weeks ago. At around 10am I was injected and had no reaction. At around 2pm my coworkers, who also go the vaccine at the same time, began to experience a very mild headache and some arm soreness. The next day the arm was very sore, like the flu shot but with an added punch. I felt like my body was fighting a minor illness and experienced fatigue for the following few days. Nothing too drastic. I was able to work and take care of my home responsibilities with no issues.

Fast forward 4 weeks, it’s time for the second dose of the vaccine. I received the dose at 8am and experienced mild arm pain starting around 12pm. I finished work, picked up my kids and almost forgot I got the second dose. Until midnight when I began to chill and spiked a low grade temperature. I am not going to lie, this was a rough night. The next day I had pain at the injection site, which is to be expected. This time, I had a red, painful and hard knot on my arm as well. I did have to call off work and spent 8 hours in bed. However, I will say that out of the 200ish employees vaccinated each day, our hospital is only seeing 3-5 call offs the next day due to post vaccine complications. That being said, I am in the minority with how severe my symptoms were. I felt much better by 6pm the next day.

Some tips for you should you decide to get the vaccine:

  1. Take Tylenol – I took Tylenol every 4 hours after my second dose and it helped with body aches, injection site pain, and fever. It is recommended not to take Ibuprofen before getting the vaccine It is said to lessen your immunity!
  2. Try to get the vaccine when you have the next day off of work.
  3. Stay hydrated
  4. Use a cold compress to ease pain at the injection site.
  5. Remember, your body is busy making antibodies to fight this virus! Give it time and rest!

Remember, you can not get the virus from the vaccine! Symptoms come after the vaccine from your body activating an immune response and making antibodies. I hope my experience helps you to make the best decision for yourself when it comes to this vaccine.

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