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Have you been vaccinated?  Have your friends and/or family been vaccinated?  Tell us all about it! 

Hopefully over the coming months the balance of posts will shift from the personal covid experiences thread to this one.

 

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Just got the vaccine! Was just like any other going in lol. Too soon to know about side effects, of course, but I’l keep you posted.

I never expected I'd be getting my vaccine so early -- but I got my first Moderna shot today.   I was at the doctor's with my son for an appointment and it was near the end of the day and th

Got my Blue Envelope!  The appointment is this coming Sunday.  Woohoo!

We have a friend who is an ER doc who was vaccinated yesterday (in TN), and my cousin in Israel has an appointment to get vaccinated on Monday morning.  Israel is rolling out the Pfizer vaccine first to health care workers but the general public 60 and older can get inoculated as of Monday.

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20 minutes ago, JennyD said:

Have you been vaccinated?  Have your friends and/or family been vaccinated?  Tell us all about it! 

Hopefully over the coming months the balance of posts will shift from the personal covid experiences thread to this one.

 

A lot of my ER friends have gotten it.  They all said to take the next day off work.  Everyone has reported 24-48 hours of fatigue and body aches, several have had fevers.  The hospital is not mandating it, and it’s about  50% of the ED staff that have decided to get it. 

We’ll have it available in a few weeks but 75% of my coworkers are not going to get it according to the survey my boss did to see how much to ask for. 

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As I said in the vaccine thread, my BIL who is a doctor in the UK was vaccinated on Wednesday with the Pfizer vaccine. It is a 2 step vaccine. So far he feels fine except for pain in the injection site. This is a first person experience.

Since we live within 15 minutes of a big hospital we always knew if the cases in our county were rising just by the number of ambulances going by on a given day without looking at the news. So anecdotally and through the neighborhood grapevine, it was very good to hear that the ICU nurses were vaccinated. 

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So far it's only available for healthcare workers in our area. 

The wife of one of DH's coworkers was able to get it, as was a good friend of ours. Both reported it being just fine, no big deal, and as DH's coworker reported yesterday (semi tongue-in-cheek) "Wife got it, and she's still alive!" (she had rec'd it 2 days prior). 🤣 

In all seriousness, they both said it was fine. 

Our youngest won't be old enough for it until Feb (it's not approved for under 16), and we'd semi like to wait until a non-Pfizer one, but as we're not eligible yet anyway, I think by the time we are, we'll be ready to take it. 

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I don't even think any doses have been delivered to my county yet. As of an article a few days ago, our hospitals were still waiting for any kind of notification when they might expect it. I'm hoping my first responder stepson and his nurse wife will be at the front of the line when it does get here. I did that online thing where you can see where you are in line and he's pretty far behind her. She doesn't actually have contact with patients in her current job so I think in reality he'll get it before she does.

As for me, dh, and ds23, I'm not expecting it to be available to us until at least April but probably later. I thought maybe because dh and I are older we'd be at the front of the "everyone else" line but apparently our good health cancels out our ages (not that I'm complaining about being in good health of course). 

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Dh's hospital started vaccinating frontline workers yesterday. He doesn't qualify. So far it sounds like it's going smoothly. They are staggering because the second dose is supposed to have stronger immune responses than the first. They aren't requiring it, but there's really no reason to at this point. There won't be enough for everyone that wants it.

A friend who is a PA got it. She's fine. Her son has a heart condition so it's a relief. My mom, who isn't a fan of vaccinations, was asking me if she should get it. Yes! Definitely when tier 2 starts she should get it. 

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I don't know how much my BIL had priority for the vaccine even if he is a doctor, but one of the reasons he was taking it was because many airlines are requiring vaccination it looks like to even board a flight internationally. So in all likelihood, the rest of the family living overseas may have to be vaccinated if we want to see our parents again. A lot of us in the family were apprehensive, so it is nice to see him go through the day without any issues. He is working and going about his normal day and so far no issues. We keep checking with him each day. 

I will honestly say it has taken away a lot of apprehension about the vaccine in my case. 

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They started this week here in CA, health care workers only I believe.  I don't know anyone who has had it yet, but my friends who work in medicine are planning to accept it.  I do have a friend whose nephew is a doctor in New York State and had his first dose this week.  

I have to say, people are getting so sloppy here.  It's alarming.  I only go to the grocery store when the parking lot is pretty empty, but there is a real lack of social distancing inside the store despite it being not that crowded.  Not like a few months back.  We have experienced a BIG surge in cases and hospitalizations in the last few weeks, so it's disheartening to see people letting up on being careful.  I am staying home or ALONG in my large office suite almost all the time.  I have a reservation to go to church on Sunday, outdoor service, very distanced, and am even debating that.  I will probably go and leave quickly afterwards.  We wear masks except when actually up at the altar (household by household) for Communion, and are seated by family group, usually at least 10 feet apart, and again, outside, so it's pretty reasonable.  But the numbers are alarming.

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33 minutes ago, mom31257 said:

Dd is a nurse in TN and gets the first dose Sunday and the second on Jan. 10th. She has been having to work in Covid units, so we are probably waiting on our family Christmas with her until after the second dose. 

See I wondered if they would test people for antibodies before vaccinating. With high exposure, is it possible she had it assymptomatically? Or are they saying to get it even if the people have had the virus?

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3 minutes ago, PeterPan said:

See I wondered if they would test people for antibodies before vaccinating. With high exposure, is it possible she had it assymptomatically? Or are they saying to get it even if the people have had the virus?

Yes, people who have had the virus still need the shot. Natural immunity is not guaranteed to provide long lasting immunity. This is a post that explains why:  Do I need a Covid Shot if I've already had Covid?

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11 hours ago, PeterPan said:

See I wondered if they would test people for antibodies before vaccinating. With high exposure, is it possible she had it assymptomatically? Or are they saying to get it even if the people have had the virus?

They are not testing beforehand.

Her area was relatively low in cases until recently. She only started working with Covid patients in the last two weeks. She works on a cardiac floor, but they have had so many cases they are putting them on regular floors now. 

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I have a close friend who is a nurse and she received the vaccine on Thursday. On Friday, she texted me that was pretty achy the following day, but feeling okay. 
I know of several other healthcare worker “friends” on Facebook who received the vaccine on Thursday as well, and they are all reporting good results so far. 
 

ETA - I just checked in with my nurse friend who received the vaccine two days ago and she says she is back to normal today!! No aches or soreness. 

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Another friend, a doctor, reported that she got her first dose this past week.  She works in a hospital but isn't in critical care, and she was originally told to expect her vaccination in February/March.  So this was a happy surprise!  She said that the extra doses from the Pfizer vials' 'overfill' are making a big difference.

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Frontline workers are getting it here and they are supposed to get a rapid covid antigen test to make sure they don’t have it when they get a shot.   Idk if that everywhere here or just the few healthcare systems in which I know people.

I’ve heard sore arm that gets better by the next day multiple times and supertired a couple of times (all first doses, Pfizer).

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On 12/18/2020 at 5:28 PM, PeterPan said:

See I wondered if they would test people for antibodies before vaccinating. With high exposure, is it possible she had it assymptomatically? Or are they saying to get it even if the people have had the virus?

They did for the studies but not for the vaccine roll out.

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On 12/18/2020 at 5:21 PM, Dreamergal said:

I don't know how much my BIL had priority for the vaccine even if he is a doctor, but one of the reasons he was taking it was because many airlines are requiring vaccination it looks like to even board a flight internationally. So in all likelihood, the rest of the family living overseas may have to be vaccinated if we want to see our parents again. A lot of us in the family were apprehensive, so it is nice to see him go through the day without any issues. He is working and going about his normal day and so far no issues. We keep checking with him each day. 

I will honestly say it has taken away a lot of apprehension about the vaccine in my case. 

What airlines? I haven't seen any yet that are requiring it. 

We move in January internationally, and so far nothing I have seen has required it. Some countries are requiring testing and some aren't. 

My fear is we will be stuck waiting until there is enough vaccines available for us to visit family again. Or for us to move when we need to in several years again. 

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1 minute ago, lulalu said:

What airlines? I haven't seen any yet that are requiring it. 

We move in January internationally, and so far nothing I have seen has required it. Some countries are requiring testing and some aren't. 

My fear is we will be stuck waiting until there is enough vaccines available for us to visit family again. Or for us to move when we need to in several years again. 

It is a guess at this point based on rumblings we hear in the media and family around the globe.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55048438

Someone in Qantas is the one who mentioned it first. Pretty much every Qantas flight I have seen in an international airport is a long haul flight with a huge plane.

Based on how the gulf airlines (Qatar, Emirates, Ethihad) are requiring tests to fly now and how strict they are, we are guessing it would be a requirement soon. We usually take a 15 hour flight one way to the Gulf, then change planes and another 4 hour journey to my native country. We used to transit in Europe before the long haul flights started and we have doing this for more than 10 years. Those flights are packed or mostly full and I would not be shocked if they require it. My native country requires us to quarantine for 14 days I think now. It is impossible to go with that requirement. A vaccine should get rid of that. 

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29 minutes ago, TCB said:

Just got the vaccine! Was just like any other going in lol. Too soon to know about side effects, of course, but I’l keep you posted.

Yay! I remember how worried you have been since this began. You must be so relieved!

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I am a healthcare worker and I am scheduled to get mine on Thursday.  It was recommended that we get it when we are scheduled to have 1-2 days off work in case it makes us not feel well.  I hope it doesn't mess up Christmas but honestly, I really want nothing to do with Christmas this year so it might be better if I can sleep through it.  

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Today, day 2, I only have a sore arm. It may be a little more sore than the flu shot, but not much and seems to come and go. I had a headache yesterday afternoon, but I think it was coincidence as it was so soon after getting the vaccine. I’ve signed up on the CDC vaccine reporting site so hopefully they’ll get some good information on side effects with all of the people now getting vaccinated.

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Dh got his Pfizer vaccine this morning. He was expecting next week but he has a high risk part timer that is over 60 in his shop and they are trying to get all of the ancillary workers today before the holiday. He got it at 6:30 this morning and so far he and all of the guys in his shop are fine. 

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I’m encouraged to hear about so many people getting it. The number available seems so tiny so I’m encouraged to hear about regular folks having access. 
 

 We don’t have many health care workers close to the family so I don’t know what is happening locally. Only one I know of is in FL. She is a nurse practitioner and does traveling wound care so probably good for her. She was a bit hesitant but has had no issues so far. 

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The nurse at the surgeon's office today said she got it last week.  She said it was suggested but optional for their medical group.  She said her arm was sore and she felt a tad off the next day but nothing else.

I was surprised that they had them already last week as this is a small local hospital, not tied to a big city system.

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My husband got his this morning.  His arm is pretty sore and his partner was saying he has quite a headache but there is a lot of relief and joy that It’s available and his hospital got a whole lot of people vaxxed today.  

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13 hours ago, Ausmumof3 said:

Not personal experiences but I read this morning that 1,000,000 doses have already been distributed 

Which is great. Really.

But this administration's goal was 20 million vaccinated by the end of the month. And obviously, barring a true Christmas miracle, we're going to be far short of that.

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