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Old 01-10-2021, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, having worked directly with COVID-19 patients for nearly a year and seeing dozens die from it (and many more become permanently debilitated with strokes, lung damage etc) just in my little corner of the U.S.
The two vaccines currently available here require two rounds 21 days (Pfizer) and 28 days (Moderna) apart. For most people, the first round of the vaccine has no side effects other than a sore arm. The second round appears to be the one where you have symptoms, similar to a mild version of your body reacting as if it caught COVID-19. For me, I got body aches and chills/shakes for 24 hours, starting about 9-12 hours after getting the vaccine (I worked a full shift after). Others have had mild fevers others some nausea/vomiting. The symptoms clear up within 48 hours.
These effects are annoying, for sure, but much much better than actually catching the virus and becoming debilitated for two or more weeks, sometimes permanently, and spreading it to loved ones. I'm typing this just to encourage everyone to plan out their vaccination so they have 48 hours to rest from work, parenting responsibilities, etc after getting that second vaccine in case they do have side effects after (fwiw, many people have none).
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:16 PM
 
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I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, having worked directly with COVID-19 patients for nearly a year and seeing dozens die from it (and many more become permanently debilitated with strokes, lung damage etc) just in my little corner of the U.S.
The two vaccines currently available here require two rounds 21 days (Pfizer) and 28 days (Moderna) apart. For most people, the first round of the vaccine has no side effects other than a sore arm. The second round appears to be the one where you have symptoms, similar to a mild version of your body reacting as if it caught COVID-19. For me, I got body aches and chills/shakes for 24 hours, starting about 9-12 hours after getting the vaccine (I worked a full shift after). Others have had mild fevers others some nausea/vomiting. The symptoms clear up within 48 hours.
These effects are annoying, for sure, but much much better than actually catching the virus and becoming debilitated for two or more weeks, sometimes permanently, and spreading it to loved ones. I'm typing this just to encourage everyone to plan out their vaccination so they have 48 hours to rest from work, parenting responsibilities, etc after getting that second vaccine in case they do have side effects after (fwiw, many people have none).
I will definitely get the vaccine, but I will be in one of the last groups, so who knows when that will be. My city didn't even vaccinate all of the first group before running out. The governor has given the OK to start vaccinating group 1B, but of course that hasn't happened because we don't have enough vaccine to even finish vaccinating group 1A.
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Old 01-10-2021, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, having worked directly with COVID-19 patients for nearly a year and seeing dozens die from it (and many more become permanently debilitated with strokes, lung damage etc) just in my little corner of the U.S.
The two vaccines currently available here require two rounds 21 days (Pfizer) and 28 days (Moderna) apart. For most people, the first round of the vaccine has no side effects other than a sore arm. The second round appears to be the one where you have symptoms, similar to a mild version of your body reacting as if it caught COVID-19. For me, I got body aches and chills/shakes for 24 hours, starting about 9-12 hours after getting the vaccine (I worked a full shift after). Others have had mild fevers others some nausea/vomiting. The symptoms clear up within 48 hours.
These effects are annoying, for sure, but much much better than actually catching the virus and becoming debilitated for two or more weeks, sometimes permanently, and spreading it to loved ones. I'm typing this just to encourage everyone to plan out their vaccination so they have 48 hours to rest from work, parenting responsibilities, etc after getting that second vaccine in case they do have side effects after (fwiw, many people have none).
Thanks for posting this. I've seen a few other people's accounts of their response to the second dose, and they sound very much like yours. I had my first dose last week (with some minor after-effects in the first few days), and the second one is scheduled for the first week in February. Because of your post and the others like it, I've arranged to clear my calendar for a few days immediately following my second shot of the vaccine.
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Husband is getting his 2nd shot of Pfizer tomorrow. He felt pretty crummy for several days after the first shot and expects this one will be worse.

A lot of people are having similar experiences to yours. And many people are feeling nothing more than arm soreness, so who knows.

I think your suggestion to try and schedule the 2nd shot for a day where you can be at home or doing something low key for about 48 hours afterwards is a good one.
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:34 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I believe that the takeaway from these stories, is this:
If you're getting these reactions from the vaccine, you would've had a very bad case if you had actually gotten infected.
So, you really did yourself a favor getting vaccinated.
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:38 PM
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Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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I was vaccinated under phase 1b today for DoD. Getting the vaccine hurt more than most shots hurt, but it was nothing terrible. Side effects for me initially were body chills for about 45 minutes (started about 30 minutes after getting the shot). My arm is getting a bit sore now. No extreme side effects, though, and hopefully won't have any.

I think everywhere that is giving the vaccine will make you wait for 15 minutes afterward in case you have an adverse reaction, so keep that in mind, too.

All in all, the process took about 2 hours for me (waiting in line, etc.), but the length of time will all come down to how well staffed your vaccination site is. Still, something to keep in mind.
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Old 01-11-2021, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I believe that the takeaway from these stories, is this:
If you're getting these reactions from the vaccine, you would've had a very bad case if you had actually gotten infected.
So, you really did yourself a favor getting vaccinated.
I don't know if I buy that logic. I think the viral load a person gets when they're infected would have more to do with how bad of a case they experience. But what do I know, I'm not a doctor.
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Old 01-11-2021, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Anyone who wants the vaccine and can get it, do it...all I keep hearing it could be months/yrs before all is supposedly satisfied, it's all hit and miss with all the health providers, changes daily and it goes on and on.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:07 PM
 
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No thanks. 99% survival rate and not a high risk, why risk getting side effects? Saw a video of a healthcare worker who is seizing. A Miami doctor died from it. Not interested in getting either of those side effects. YMMV. Hope posting my own opinion, like the other opinions posted in the thread, is allowed.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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No thanks. 99% survival rate and not a high risk, why risk getting side effects? Saw a video of a healthcare worker who is seizing. A Miami doctor died from it. Not interested in getting either of those side effects. YMMV. Hope posting my own opinion, like the other opinions posted in the thread, is allowed.
One healthcare worker who had a seizure. One doctor who died.

In the US, 375,000 COVID-19 deaths.

The benefit to risk ratio of the vaccine leans heavily toward the vaccine.
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