Have any of my blogger colleagues had a chance to get vaccinated with Covid-19? I received my second dose of the vaccine in the last week of Jan. It wasn’t fun at all. I received my first dose of the Pfizer brand vaccine in the first week of Dec. Within 12 hours of the injection, I had experienced severe body aches and a high fever that subsided within 24 hours. However, those 24 hours were not very easy. The localized rash with itching had developed too. The swelling and pain disappeared after 5-6 days. But both of my shoulders still have the shape of a bandage-type fading and flesh color rash. I consulted my hospital ID specialist and he told me that my symptoms were expected because I had COVID and still have antibodies. So they’re probably fighting each other.
I didn’t have a fever this time after receiving the 2nd dose of vaccine. The body aches weren’t as severe as before. However, I had to deal with joint stiffness, so I walked like a 60-year-old woman. I dragged my legs while I was walking. Those symptoms subsided after 2 days. If you have suffered from COVID previously, you will experience misery after the first dose. However, if you don’t have it, then you may experience misery after the second dose.
Nobody knows how long the vaccine will provide immunity. will we be needing a vaccination every year or sooner? The effectiveness rate of COVID-19 is 95% which is better than the flu vaccination. Neither of us knows if we could be a carrier of the virus and spread it to others. Therefore, we should continue using contact and droplet precautions.
There is also a rumor that nobody is conducting a serious study on vaccination because of budget problems. God knows how real it is. In case, any of you decide to take the vaccine, which I highly recommend you to take it. But please do it before your day off so that you can rest at least 2 days in peace. Otherwise, you will be dragging your legs like me. After receiving the vaccination, you should continue using protective gear.
Some of the patients came to the emergency room complaining about chest tightness, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath after receiving the vaccination. However, all of their cardiac workups were within the normal limit. Not to mention those patients who were young adults and work in the healthcare sector had suffered those symptoms. One of the patients came to the ED for vague neurological symptoms, but a CT scan of the brain was negative for stroke. I will advise them to drink a lot of water, rest, and take an OTC analgesic. One of the patients had developed a 103.2 fever. Symptoms lasted for 1-2 days. Please continue using the mask, social distance, and washing hands as nobody knows if you can still be the carrier. Remember, people always get mild reactions with a flu vaccination too.
Pfizer will deliver at least 1.5 million doses to the U.S. every week. Therefore, every person will be vaccinated against COVID-19. However, we expect to wear masks until 2022. COVID-19 cases have significantly decreased in my area. Thus, go ahead, get the vaccine, save yourself and others.