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2nd round of vaccine—side effects but worth it

 
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I got my first Oxford AstraZeneca shot the other day. I didn't have any side effects or soreness. Only a little euphoria, but that was a non-medical side-effect, I think.

Wow, it was so easy! India had been doing the health workers, front-line workers, 60+, and 45+ with comorbidities for a couple of month already. They announced it would open to 45+ on April 1st. I didn't think I'd be able to get one here in my remote rural part of India, not having the Indian national ID card. I had a vague plan of flying to Delhi in April or May to get it at a private clinic. But my local friend went for hers on the first day, and staff at the rural primary health centre asked her about me, so I thought I'd give it a shot the next day. Went in entirely not expecting to be able to get it, but my specific visa type turned out to be sufficient ID, and I received the shot within 10 minutes. Wow! I was so happy.

For those who think the risk of side effects from the shot make it not worth taking, I just have to say the risk from side effects sounds tiny. The risk of serious problems if I get Covid-19 itself sound like much more likely, and much more serious. So I consider it a very good deal. I really do not want to experience a ventilator in a rural Indian hospital, whereas a shot in a rural Indian village health centre was acceptable.
 
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Morning update:

Almost nothing really. If I press down on the shot site there is a VERY slight ache so you can tell where it is. If I don't press on it, I don't feel it at all. Last night and this morning I experienced no other side FX or issues...or so Bill Gates' mind control nanobots tell me to say.
 
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Echo,

That level of injection site soreness sounds about what mine felt like.  I really only felt anything if I pressed down pretty hard on the exact site of the injection.  Upon further reflection I don’t even want to call this a side effect of the vaccine, I want to call it a side effect of a needle stick.

Eric
 
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Rebecca,

Glad to hear that your vaccination went so well.  Congratulations!

Eric
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Echo,

That level of injection site soreness sounds about what mine felt like.  I really only felt anything if I pressed down pretty hard on the exact site of the injection.  Upon further reflection I don’t even want to call this a side effect of the vaccine, I want to call it a side effect of a needle stick.

Eric



Sounds about right to me as well.
 
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Good Morning, Eric and all,
I have no symptoms, slept thru the night. No aches, nothing. Some friends of mine got the same vaccine, an hr. after me. She began to feel bad on the way home(50 mile drive), headache,nausea. Her partner had no side effects, went out to do all the evening chores. I haven't talked to them yet today. I feel I am going to go out and continue to cut brush and run the chipper, if it doesn't rain. Hope all are feeling well today, peace.rc
 
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And my friend that was feeling bad yesterday, slept thru the night and is out and about today. feeling groovy...
 
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Randal,

Good to hear that everything went well for you, and that your friend got over the symptoms after a day.

Eric
 
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I now feel nothing at all even when pressing down on the area. So...that was it for me. Good luck all!
 
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Got my first Pfizer shot five hours ago. Tingling down my arm for an hour or so. Now my upper arm feels hot and aches. Hand some tingly. Massaging it hurts so good. Just like I've experienced with tetanus shot in the past. Otherwise no issues so far.

Grateful to be moving forward.

 
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It's been a week so I wanted to update.

The afternoon and evening of my first injection, my arm was really sore. I did a bunch of arm exercises and massaged it regularly into the evening and used an ice pack on it for 20 minutes right before bed.

By the next morning, the pain had decreased to maybe 4/10 and a couple hours later was probably 3/10. Later that day, it was sore like my arms often are after a good day working outside, so basically something easy to ignore.

Over the next couple nights, I needed a bit more sleep than usual, and my body felt a bit more irritated.

This week is business as usual.  

A good friend got first Moderna at around the same time and she had a bad (not migraine level) headache for several days. She's feeling fine now too.

 
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I had the second Moderna shot yesterday. Restless sleep last night, stuffy head, mild muscle aches and semi-queasy stomach, no worse than the harbingers of a generic cold. Can't wait for the nanochips to link me into The Matrix so that Agent Smith and I can take turns throwing each other through tile walls.
 
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Got my second Pfizer today! Been almost 2 hours, nothing but a lil injection site pain and a wee headache so far... Headache could easily be attributed to the storm we have today. I was headachey and it was storming during my last shot too.
 
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23 hours out, so about a day, and my only side effects have been regular I-got-a-shot-pain and maybe a slight headache. I suspect we're golden. I'll update tomorrow and then every week or two.
 
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Got my second dose of Moderna in late March.  First and second dose, only overt symptom was soreness in the injection arm, just bad enough to deter rolling over on that side in bed but otherwise trivial.  

It is the case that I've had an unexplained case of minor hives that have flared up on and off since about the time I got the second dose. A Benadryl makes them go away. But it is springtime here, trees are pollinating madly, and I have been out groveling in orchard weeds.  Plus my house is full of stanky dogs, per normal.  My exposure to allergens is continuous and extreme. I have no particular reason to ascribe the hives to my vaccination, and many more-obvious alternative explanations.  Still, the temporal association remains, for what little it may be worth (Post hoc ergo propter hoc is a logical fallacy for a reason.)

I can definitely blame the second dose of vaccine for the heedless euphoria I felt this weekend while attending my first garage sales in fifteen months.  I may or may not have bought several shoeboxes full of dead men's tools and thereby increased my local screwdriver account by, er, at least 75?
 
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Liz & I got our first shot of Moderna two weeks ago.   She had a steady headache for 2 days and pretty sore arm.  I had a normal sore arm for that day and no other effects.
We go for shot #2 on May first and third.    Hoping for minor reactions then as well... we will see!
Really looking forward to being able to go out in public again! By mid May, I can get my first haircut in over a year!  
 
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Second Pfizer shot 10 hrs ago.  I have a headache, but it's not bad enough to make me want to take anything.  Arm is sore enough that I will avoid laying on it tonight.  Will see how tomorrow is.  

The first shot I had no noticeable effects.
 
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Update....
Both hubby and I have now have had both shots, ......Pfizer. No problems with either injection.

Funny story.....while waiting in line for my second injection, my left arm really started to ache, especially in the armpit. The pain got really annoying to the point that I had to keep flexing my arm due to the pain. Got the shot and sat in the 15 minute waiting area. Pain went completely away within 5 minutes. Funny how the mind works. It created a painful injection reaction BEFORE the fact. Once I got the shot, things went back to normal.
 
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I got the J&J vaccine almost two weeks ago. The first night I was awake the entire night. I was sweating through most of the night, but I’d get chills and shiver if I took off the  blankets. So I preferred to sweat. No problems like that the second night, but I had a horrible headache for a few days. I tend to be sensitive to this kind of stuff. For what it’s worth, I have Crohn’s disease.

So much better than my experience with the anti-rabies injections I had a few years ago after getting bit by a stray dog in India. I felt like I was tripping on some psychedelic drugs and woke up in a pool of sweat the next morning. Those injections gave me a horrible flare-up of Crohn’s too. J&J symptoms were really mild compared to that experience.
 
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It's the next morning after my second Pfizer shot...about 22 hours after.  The headache I had last night is mostly gone and I feel great.  Guess no sick day home from work for me!  I took a picture of my vaccine card so that if anything happens to it I'll still have it.
 
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So, today I feel like poo. I have a headache, chilly, sinus pressure, a bit of a sore throat when I woke up, post nasal drip, a lil achier than usual. Started last night over night. While I've heard that side effects can develop up to 36 hours out, I have no way to know if this is that or if this is just the awful weather, huge temperature dip, and massive pollen counts the last few days. It's miserable outside right now. Just gonna kinda take it easy today and see how it goes. It's not too bad but I just wanna sleep it off.
 
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Hi. I am glad to see this thread and hear what others are going through. I received my 2nd Phizer on Friday, and today is Tuesday. I had the arm ache/soreness from the injection. Then feeling "out of it" on Saturday/Sunday. Some dizziness Monday. Also a little upset stomach. I dont want to go into detail, but if you have IBS, this might exacerbate your symptoms, if you know what I mean. My stomach and abdomen muscles are sore, like I have been doing crunches (I haven't).  

Shot #1, I felt feverish and very very tired. Also had a flare up of sinus problems and dryness in nose after about 2 weeks from getting Shot #1.

What is weird is, unlike other people I know, I do not feel symptoms until a few days afterward. Shot#1, was 3 days, and Shot #2 was 2/3 days. Had symptoms pop up even after 2 weeks. Not sure what that is. Hope everyone is doing ok.
 
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Hi Mari,

It took me a good 12 hours for the real symptoms to hit, and I have heard of several people that got delayed symptoms like yourself--delayed as in 2-3 days sometimes, so while that is rare, you are not alone.

Eric
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Hi Mari,

It took me a good 12 hours for the real symptoms to hit, and I have heard of several people that got delayed symptoms like yourself--delayed as in 2-3 days sometimes, so while that is rare, you are not alone.

Eric



Thanks Eric. I am glad I did it. Even if it feels weird and scary.
 
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Rebecca Norman wrote:I got my first Oxford AstraZeneca shot the other day. I didn't have any side effects or soreness. Only a little euphoria, but that was a non-medical side-effect, I think.



Oh phooey! Apparently USA is withholding some raw material for making the AZ shot, so I don't know if I'll be able to get a second dose of the same, and I don't know if they'll be willing to give a different one, considering mixed doses is probably not tested.

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/lift-embargo-on-covid-19-vaccine-raw-materials-adar-poonawalla-urges-us-president-joe-biden/story/436802.html
 
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I got my first Maderna shot yesterday and man do I feel awful. Arm is killing me, achy, headache. WWAAAHHHHH
 
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Sorry to hear about that Elle, I know how it can feel.  The good part is that it comes to an end, but that might be small comfort right now.

Hang in there,

Eric
 
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Well, a couple days out and all those symptoms have faded. Which means I feel like my normal bad self instead of a worse self. XD So have the symptoms for everyone else in my household who got vaccinated two days after me and got symptoms faster. All around it was pretty mild, tbh. Mostly like a really mild flu. We all literally slept it off for a day and felt much better the next day. Honestly? I've had way worse.
 
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It's been over a week and I haven't experienced anything I can attribute to the vaccine.

I've been sore - but I've been manually tilling my gardens and moving compost
I've been tired - but the people in my house have a new work schedule and an ear infection and I'm trying to wake up earlier and our whole house sleep schedule is a mess
I've got a mild headache and some sinus pressure - but it's been raining all night really intensely and we dropped 20 degrees in the last 12 hours
The callouses on my fingers and toes have been very dry and shedding lately

I mean, tbh I feel pretty much fine outside those things which have some pretty obvious correlations to other things in my life.
 
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Going on 3 weeks and I've experienced nothing unusual at all. Except, perhaps, a bit of euphoria at getting my first fully-immune/vaccinated gathering a couple days ago! <3 It's a nice feeling.
 
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Congratulations Mouse on being able meet directly with friends and family again!

At work I don’t have to wear a mask so long as everyone in the room is fully vaccinated.

Eric
 
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Got my second Pfizer vaccine today and I feel fine. I felt very tired and sore at the injection site after the first one, but so far so good with the second. I've heard from lots of people that if you had a hard time after the first you are less likely to struggle with the second.
 
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Got my second AZ shot today.  So far so good.  My arm is a little sore but no other symptoms yet for hubby or I.  Word is that the second shot is less likely to give side effects...fingers crossed since I'm in the shop all day tomorrow (poor planning perhaps).
 
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I got my second shot of Moderna almost 2 weeks ago now (YAH). I got side effects, at almost exactly 12hrs after the shot I had chills, general pain, mild fever, sore and red arm and I'd do it all over again. I felt overall moderately cr@*py for about 15 hours.  I still was able to get things done around the house and at no time was it debilitating, it did wake me so I had 1 day of light sleep. SO had nothing other than a sore arm. Tomorrow we are considered fully vaccinated and I am thrilled! Bring on the booster!
 
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Congrats Denise!

15 hours is about how long my side effects lasted.  Personally I could do nothing for most of the day, but it does sound like you caught a hefty piece of it.  But like you, it was one day and I would do it again if I had to.

Eric
 
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Well over a month and nothing's amiss!
 
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Hi, my wife had gotten the phizer vaccine 2 months ago. She still has very bad side effects. To top it off she can still get covid, which she does not have yet, thank God.
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