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2nd round of vaccine—side effects but worth it

 
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for the heads up. I just got my second shot.  I made a point of getting some chores done early, extra water out, and feed positioned.  Hope for the best and prepare for the worse.
 
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Good Luck John.

I would love to hear how your vaccination goes.  With luck it will be in the little-to-no side effect category.  My father just got his second vaccine and he had virtually no side effects.

I would think that your experience would make an interesting comparison/contrast to what I had so if you feel up to it, please do share.

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Hi Eric,

Well, at this point I am none for the worse.  I will try to post tomorrow AM.  I have a vet appointment around noon tomorrow that I haven’t cancelled ....so I am optimistic.
 
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John that is good to hear, keep us updated on your progress!

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Sounds good John, glad to hear it.

Just as an FYI, it seems like the symptoms, If they are going to appear, start about 12 hours after injection.  I am not certain where that puts you on the clock, but hopefully it is not an issue.

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I am about +7 hours without any issues.   I had a kid get out. So I am going to head outside and break my neck in the dark trying to get the kid back to its mother.  Does a broken neck count as a side effect?
 
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I am 19 hours in with zero problems related to the vaccine.  My arm is a little sore, but it was sore before I got the shot.  Heck, I didn’t even break my neck rescuing the kid.
 
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Glad to hear it John!  

Maybe this is a bit premature, but given that you are past the 12 hour mark with no symptoms, I would bet that you are not going to get any major symptoms.  Mine were going strong at the 12 hour mark and you have sailed right past that.

Time will tell, but I think/hope that you are going to have an easy time of things.

Please do keep us updated!

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Eric Hanson wrote:Glad to hear it John!  

Maybe this is a bit premature, but given that you are past the 12 hour mark with no symptoms, I would bet that you are not going to get any major symptoms.  Mine were going strong at the 12 hour mark and you have sailed right past that.

Time will tell, but I think/hope that you are going to have an easy time of things.

Please do keep us updated!

Eric



My experience was a little different.  I got no side effects at all until about 30 hrs post-injection.  As I've posted earlier though, mine were mild but pretty much anyone's standards.  Regardless, I'm glad to hear you are doing well John, and hoping (and fully expecting) that it stays that way.
 
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For practical purposes, I am at the 24 hour mark without any problems.
 
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Trace,

Glad to hear that your symptoms were pretty mild.  30 hours sounds like a long time to start symptoms, but I guess each person is going to respond differently/individually.  In any case I a glad that you are over the worst of things even if they weren’t that bad.

John,

With a bit of luck you have passed the danger point.  With luck you will have no symptoms.  Apparently Trace did have symptoms starting at the 30 hour mark but fortunately his were mild.  And of course I hope that any symptoms you have might have will also be mild.

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Well,  I have past the 30 hour mark.  Life is still pretty good.
 
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So John, have you felt any effects at all?  Even mild ones?

From the sound of things you are symptom free and hopefully you won’t have any exciting or dramatic personal experience to add to this thread—but of course I/we always value your input nonetheless.

At this point I would normally wish you good luck, but in this case that wish seems superfluous.  It appears that at least in this case you have found the good luck!

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Zero side effects. The needle for the second Moderna went in at 1:07 pm on Wednesday,
 
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I am within a half hour of the 48 hour mark.  This is my final post on my experience.  No problems at all with the 2nd shot. For what it is worth, I seldom have side effects from medication
 
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Another of my sisters got the shot - this time because of her work. No side effects. So happy to see them get vaccinated! Next will be the two with medical conditions - asthma and RA. But not yet.
 
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C,

Pleased to hear that your family is getting the vaccine and having little to no side effects.  I don’t want to pry, but I would be curious as to how the vaccine affects someone with RA.  I could believe that someone who already deals with joint pain might have worse pain for a couple of days after the vaccine.  I am not saying this is any sort of guarantee or prediction, merely a possible outcome.  Hopefully though, nothing happens.

Best luck to you and thanks for updating us on your experience.

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Eric Hanson wrote:C,

Pleased to hear that your family is getting the vaccine and having little to no side effects.  I don’t want to pry, but I would be curious as to how the vaccine affects someone with RA.  I could believe that someone who already deals with joint pain might have worse pain for a couple of days after the vaccine.  I am not saying this is any sort of guarantee or prediction, merely a possible outcome.  Hopefully though, nothing happens.

Best luck to you and thanks for updating us on your experience.

Eric



A close friend and co worker has RA. She had no side effects other than a sore arm.  She got her vaccination the same time and day I did, so we are both well past the time you would expect any side effects.
 
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Trace,

That’s interesting to note.  Thanks.

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Two days ago I took my friend for her second shot (Pfizer). So far she has had no problems other than the typical mild soreness at the injection site.  Another friend got her second shot the other day too....Moderna. She had no problems also. Both of these friends are 78 years old.

Hubby and I are scheduled for our first shots on March 22. We are eagerly looking forward to getting vaccinated. We are suppose to be getting the Pfizer vaccine. I’ll let you know if we get any reactions.
 
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Sounds good Su.

Glad to hear that more people have taken the vaccine and NOT had any side effects!  Thanks for continuing to add to our little experience poll here.

I guess my wife was right when she told me that she and I were the outliers.  So far, no-one else that I have talked to or directly heard from has had any major symptoms aside from injection site soreness.  And as I stated earlier in this post, I really want to just either ignore injection site soreness unless it is really terrible or assume that some soreness is automatic as just the act of sticking a needle in the arm is going to cause a minimal amount of damage and its recovery will make for some tenderness.  But again Su, thanks for helping to add to the collective vaccination experience on this thread.  And once again, in a twisted way I am glad that my wife and I caught the worst of the symptoms--I really would not wish those symptoms on anyone else, so if it was just me that caught them, then I will be fine with that.

In the meantime, we can just add our collective experiences to the thread.

Eric
 
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Hello everyone!

It is early morning on Saturday, 3/6/2021 so it is time for my weekly COVID vaccine side-effect update.

Nothing!

Again, Nothing!

Two full weeks ago I was feeling pretty sick, but that only lasted a day.  I started these continuing updates on request from user Stephen Chled who earlier in this thread indicated his interest in side effects over a 3-4 week time span.  We are now half-way through that time span and the last time I felt any side effect that I could directly attribute to the vaccine was on the Sunday following the injection (that Sunday will be two weeks ago tomorrow).  I did have a very minor headache on Monday, but I can't honestly say that it was due to the vaccine, as I get headaches regularly.  Even if we count that headache, it has still been just short of 2 full weeks since I felt any side effects at all.  By this point the injection site soreness is completely gone and has been for some time.  As I stated earlier, I think that the bulk of the soreness was due to the mechanical damage of the needle stick.  I believe I would have had this very minor, not even trivial soreness even if I had been injected with saline.  But even that went away quite some time ago.  I never mentioned it before because it seemed so trivial that I forgot it.  Basically, any symptom past Sunday of two weeks ago is so mild that I had to really try to find it and even those disappeared completely by mid-week two weeks ago.

All of this is to say that I am completely symptom free.  I can't even make up a symptom if I tried at this point.  I will continue to keep these updates going through for another two weeks as per Stephen's wishes and by all means, if anyone else has a vaccine related experience worth sharing then by all means feel free to share if you wish.

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Hello everyone!

This is Saturday 3/13/2021 so it is time for my weekly update.  I am keeping this going for a full month, but by this point things are pretty redundant.  This is week three since my last vaccine and my symptoms have been:

Nothing.

By this point I have been fully vaccinated for a week, meaning I have had two weeks (today makes 3 weeks) since my second vaccination and according to the information given to me at the vaccination clinic, it takes a full 2 weeks past the second dose to acquire the full immunity offered by the vaccine.  This does not make me 100% immune, rather the 2 week timespan is required to get the maximum protection.  If I remember correctly, I am now something like 92-95% “immune” with significant protection for the remaining 5-8%.  This is all based on information given to me at the clinic.  I am not making a bold claim and I am not about to test out my level of immunity.

So all of this is comforting to me.  I had one bad day, one mild day and now I have a high level of resistance.  I still mask up and try to maintain social distance in public (including work/school).  But I have now gone nearly 3 full weeks without any symptoms whatsoever.  As I stated in the thread title, I did have (temporary) side effects, but especially by now, I consider those to be well worth the day of severe discomfort.  As with all my posts here, this is a report on my experience and you are perfectly free to make up your own mind what to do regarding the vaccine.  But my overall experience has been a positive one.

To those still following this thread, I hope this continues to be informative.

Eric
 
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My husband and I have had our second shots of Moderna vaccine. Mine was two days ago.  We were in the early phase because of our age (78 and 70 yr).  His only side effect was a sore arm that lasted a couple of days.  I felt achy and tired for maybe 24 hr and had a sore arm for a day.  I was still able to do household chores but was grateful to take the afternoon off and read.  The next morning I was fine.  It was such a relief for me when my husband was vaccinated. He has trouble staying home.  And now I can hardly wait for our friends to be vaccinated so they can come visit us.  We know that the vaccine is not 100% effective and some variants of the virus may still pop up and so we will  continue social distancing and wearing masks in public.
 
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Greta,

Glad to hear that your symptoms were only moderate and that they are over now.  Also I am glad that your mind is put at ease (at least a little).

Eric
 
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