I got my first dose of Pfizer on Wednesday at the drive up facility at Banks Forest Stadium, sponsored by St. Luke's. It was super easy, I was in and out in 30 minutes, including a 15 minute wait time to make sure I didn't have any adverse effects. Our local National Guard was controlling the whole thing from start to finish, except the actual injections, that was St. Luke's. The needle was tiny, like the ones used for insulin, and I didn't even feel it. I had a very sore arm at the injection site, like getting punched by your brother lol. I took some Motrin and it's all good now, my second shot will be on 5/05.
I've seen my loved ones suffer from covid, thank god no one was hospitalized. I know of family members of friends who have died from it. I'm not taking even the slightest chance in contacting the virus, no way. I'm getting the vaccine and I'll keep wearing masks.
To me, simply living has risks. The next minute of our lives is an unknown and anything can happen in a moment. I just moved here from Florida, where there are more lightening strikes than anywhere else in the country. Now, having lived in Florida 35 years, I've seen plenty of lightening damage, but never actually KNOW a person who got stuck my lightening. Oh it happens once in a while, I've seen it on the local news. But, that doesn't make me scared of thunderstorms. There is a higher chance of getting struck by lightening, than having a serious reaction to the covid vaccine.
Edit: also, I've been tested for covid twice, both negative, by having the nasal swab. Both times were with the county health department where I had lived. Both times were minimally invasive, like the nurse just swirled a long q-tip in each of my nostrils, not all the way up to my eyeballs like some online reports are. Simple, painless and peace of mind.
I've been working in a clinic administering vaccines. What I've observed is that most people whether it be Pfizer or Moderna don't really have much of a reaction to the first. A lot of this is because the first dose prepares your body's immune system and you create a lot of antibodies. When you get the second your immune system has a lot of antibodies from the first dose so now your immune response might feel worse because your bodies doing it's job. So yeah the second dose most people say makes their arm super sore and you just feel super tired the next day.
- some people do get mild reactions after getting it such as rash, nausea and some experience feeling itchy, most of the time Benadryl helps with that and nothing else is needed. This is roughly like 2 or 3 out of the 1000 we vaccinate each day
- there more rare itchy throat and signs of a serious reaction, has happened maybe once that I've seen but it didn't progress to a full anaphylactic shock. Benadryl helped and the patient was monitored and was sent home later.
- it's worth noting that if you have had reactions to vaccines or other medications in the past, just give the person giving you your vaccine a heads up so they monitor you for the full 30 min after instead of 15.
- If you have a history of passing out after a vaccine which some people this happens a lot. Bring an ice pack with you and ask to be sitting or laying down if possible when you get the shot. And instruct the person giving you the shot, that if you do pass out, then lift your legs up and apply the ice pack to the back of your neck. Also, make sure you have plenty to eat and drink that day as well.
@JG2015 : Mine was different from any you describe. The evening after the first shot I felt lousy, kinda like I had the flu. The next day was better, but that night I felt lousy again. After the 2nd Moderna shot, same thing but not near as bad.
Are you a nurse? Because you have quite a bit if information about the causes of some of these reactions.
Yes, and I'm glad you shared how it affected you that's good for people to know. I've not gotten any feedback of people that had that happen but it's good to know that some might experience less side effects from the 2nd dose.
Starlight13 : I do not trust the vaccines. People get them and think wow, it kept me from getting Covid, you probably would not get Covid anyway...... and then you think it is because of the vaccine. It is too experimental for me.
@DEEDEE8 : I mean, the CDC estimates 25%+ of the US has already gotten Covid, so "you probably would not get covid anyway" is not exactly accurate...
Got my second Moderna shot this past Friday. I got the shot late afternoon. All day I had been drinking a bunch of water and drinks with electrolytes. Had a sore arm that evening but nothing else. Took some Tylenol right after and before going to sleep. Saturday woke up with no headache, fever or chills. But I did have some aches. My lower back, quads, and hamstrings were achy. I also felt tired. That lasted until around 7pm last night, but still felt tired. Took some Nyquil before going to bed. Ended up sleeping around 9 hours and feel completely fine today.
For the first shot, I experienced nothing but a sore arm. My arm is no where near as sore after the second shot. The soreness is pretty much gone.
I had fatigue with both of the Moderna shots and the second shot caused some achiness in my joints. I had a touch of fever with the second shot. The sense of relief upon getting the second shot was well worth the discomfort. It also gave me an excuse to relax for a couple of days. Lol.