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On 3/5/2021 at 12:49 AM, frogger said:

Agree on the overthinking. Just get shots into people already instead of doing backflips to get the "right" people.

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Those choosing not to get vaccinated or struggling to get a ride or whatever they need will still be better protected if the state would get the other 65% of the doses they have into people's arms faster. 

agree! Gets shots into as many willing arms as possible: however/whoever! 

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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!

Our nuclear family now has 3/5 of us with shot#1. One daughter should be able to get in next week and the other I am still trying to learn the ropes of the state she's in for college (and if they'll even "let" her get her shot there since she's not technically a resident)

I've been able to get appointments for my parents, several neighbors and parents of friends. Some of the portals are tricky and many elderly folks have trouble navigating it. Luckily, there are more places opening with appointments that the openings are there for longer than milliseconds, so I hope those who've had troubles in the past are able to secure appointments now. 
 

It's still bizarre how different each state's rollout is. I was thrilled when Pres. Biden added teachers to the eligible list for the private pharmacies. Soooo many old friends are now teacher friends and are spread all across the country. They have been giddily making their appointments this week. 😊

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On 2/23/2021 at 4:37 PM, iamonlyone said:

Dd26 had her first Pfizer shot (teacher in CA). She is also a professional ballerina, so she rehearsed for five hours after the shot on Friday with no problem and had just a little soreness at the injection site. She woke up on Saturday thinking she was fine...until she stood up. She ran a low grade fever all that day. She was very tired on Sunday and Monday and then back to normal on Tuesday.

Dd26 had her second shot Friday and had no reactions, except a tiny bit of soreness at the shot site. We are finding this very interesting, as we wondered if she had Covid February 2020. She had been in San Francisco when things were not going well there, and she had severe fatigue for weeks, bad cough, and chest issues. The doctor eliminated influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, and even tested for strep. He prescribed an antibiotic, but dd didn't see that it made a difference. He did not test for Covid; tests were still hard to come by, there was very little Covid in her city, and she never ran a fever—which at the time, caused dd not to meet the criteria for Covid testing.

If she was Covid positive way back then, wouldn't it be great if her body recognized and launched a defensive to the Covid vaccine one year later!

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Our school district just announced they are closed tomorrow.  All the staff got their 2nd dose on Saturday and so many called off due to side effects that they don't have enough substitutes for tomorrow.  I don't know why they vaccinated them all the same day knowing this was likely to happen.  

Of course, the anti-Covid vaccine people love this saying how no one should allow this into their body if it makes you that sick...

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I had Covid in December and got my first Pfizer shot in February. I had absolutely no symptoms- not even a sore arm. I got the second shot this week and ran a 101 fever and was quite sick for about 36 hours. It has been five days and I feel completely fine now.

Dh also had Covid and the first Pfizer shot knocked him out for about a day, but he said he had no symptoms with the second one.

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34 minutes ago, Kassia said:

Of course, the anti-Covid vaccine people love this saying how no one should allow this into their body if it makes you that sick...

Sigh. Of course, infecting all of them with COVID at once would take them out for much longer and would also be dangerous for them. But never mind that. 

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Update on our vaccination status: DH got his first shot! Pro tip: don't go to a giant state-run vaccination site, sigh. He thought it was going to be a drive through, and it wasn't. There were MANY people.

Anyway, he got the shot at 4 pm, felt pretty iffy by around 6, dozed off in the car on the drive back by 9 or 10 (that's very early for him), had a good night's sleep and says he feels mostly back to normal today, except his arm hurts. 

My friend in Austin who's immunosuppressed had both shots and said she had barely any effects 😞 . She said she had a very slight fever on Day 5 after the second shot -- that COULD be a vaccine reaction, right?? She's pretty worried she didn't have enough of an immune system reaction to actually even make her immune to COVID. 

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DH got vaccinated today, Phizer. So far, so good, side effect wise. 

He went to a place run by FEMA, staffed by the Army 101st I think? It was incredibly efficient - he was actually more excited by the logistics (he loves that stuff) than the vaccine I think! It wasn't drive through, but the soldiers were very serious about keeping everyone masked and distanced, and the lines were outdoors. Some waiting in large tents, but also distanced/masked and only a few minutes. Longest was 15 minutes to check for side effects. 

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4 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

DH got vaccinated today, Phizer. So far, so good, side effect wise. 

He went to a place run by FEMA, staffed by the Army 101st I think? It was incredibly efficient - he was actually more excited by the logistics (he loves that stuff) than the vaccine I think! It wasn't drive through, but the soldiers were very serious about keeping everyone masked and distanced, and the lines were outdoors. Some waiting in large tents, but also distanced/masked and only a few minutes. Longest was 15 minutes to check for side effects. 

Ours was apparently also Army-run and efficient, lol! It was inside a convention center, so not outside, but it's too cold here to keep everyone outside. And there was lots of circulating air, anyway. 

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19 hours ago, Kassia said:

Our school district just announced they are closed tomorrow.  All the staff got their 2nd dose on Saturday and so many called off due to side effects that they don't have enough substitutes for tomorrow.  I don't know why they vaccinated them all the same day knowing this was likely to happen.  

Of course, the anti-Covid vaccine people love this saying how no one should allow this into their body if it makes you that sick...

This just seems so strange. We work heavy, hard 12 hour shifts and yet only a couple of people were so badly affected they couldn’t come to work.

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16 minutes ago, TCB said:

This just seems so strange. We work heavy, hard 12 hour shifts and yet only a couple of people were so badly affected they couldn’t come to work.

Other schools/districts took days off ahead of time to prepare for too many absences due to side effects.  Maybe they just don't have a lot of substitute teachers to make up for the staff who called off?  

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1 minute ago, Kassia said:

Other schools/districts took days off ahead of time to prepare for too many absences due to side effects.  Maybe they just don't have a lot of substitute teachers to make up for the staff who called off?  

Could be. I just wondered if there was something wrong with the batch they got - I have absolutely no facts to support this lol but seemed strange.

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33 minutes ago, TCB said:

Could be. I just wondered if there was something wrong with the batch they got - I have absolutely no facts to support this lol but seemed strange.

Well, now they are backtracking and saying that there weren't many teachers with side effects - mostly mild fevers - but they just didn't have the substitute teachers to cover those who called off. 

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I got shot #1 (Pfizer) last week at a mass vax site. This one wasn't outside like many of the other sites in our region, but it was at large indoor track.

The lines to wait for the shots were on the track itself, one on the inside lane and another on the outside lane, following big spaced dots to keep us spread out.

There were 30 tables for doing immunizations in one area inside the track, and the rest of it was set up as post-shot observation areas.

It took a little under an hour, with 15 minutes in the track line and 15 minutes of observation. 

Just inside the entrance to the building we had to take off our masks and replace it with one of theirs. I did not like being unmasked even briefly with other people all doing the same thing. It was extra annoying because I arrived with 2 very fitted masks, one over the ears and one wrap around, plus glasses, a hat, and an infinity scarf, and I had to do the mask change in front of the staff at the counter.

I had the expected sore arm, and the following evening I was VERY nauseated, like I could feel my stomach ache radiate out to my knees. That passed within another day.

My mom is getting her #2 shot (Moderna) tomorrow at a Florida grocery store pharmacy. 

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5 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

DH got his shot early afternoon and has been pretty fatigued and a bit dizzy this evening. 

Yeah, we definitely had that happen. I hope he feels better soon! I'm glad he got his shot. 

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3 hours ago, slackermom said:

I got shot #1 (Pfizer) last week at a mass vax site. This one wasn't outside like many of the other sites in our region, but it was at large indoor track.

Thank you for sharing your experience at a large mass vax site. My age group is opening up Thursday in my state, and the mass site next week, 6K people per day. Might be my earliest opportunity.

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3 hours ago, Kassia said:

Well, now they are backtracking and saying that there weren't many teachers with side effects - mostly mild fevers - but they just didn't have the substitute teachers to cover those who called off. 

I think we're in the same state and Dd14 has scheduled remote schooling Thurs, the day after teachers at her school get their second dose. Typically they are in person.

Subs were hard to come by before the pandemic, and I'm sure the pool is even smaller now because it comes with greater health risks. I have a few homeschooling friends who were subbing before but not anymore.

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Got my first dose (moderna) today. My arm is just sore enough that I believe it was real 🙂 Walmart in Cleveland, TN--this was the first day of expanded eligibility (to everyone 16-64 with health conditions), and they didn't seem prepared for it. I was there just under 2 hours. After awhile they brought in a second person to help administer shots, and that sped things up a lot. 

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I got an appointment for my covid vaccine on March 16 and second one on April 6.  Since they are three weeks apart, I assume it's Pfizer?  Fingers and toes crossed it works out!  

My husband worked two J&J mass vaccination clinics this weekend.  Goal was to vaccinate 9,000 people.  Not sure how close they came, but not far from it.  Had several friends who got it.  I haven't heard about side effects from any of them, though.

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Anecdotally, I would say at least 50% of the people I know are having significant side effects that would prevent teaching on the day after the shot. I'm one of them! I was running a fever and couldn't stay vertical or awake. In my immediate family, 2 of 4 of us were like that, plus my sister, my friend and her daughter, a fellow Educational Assistant, the teacher I subbed for both Thursday and Friday (he says vaccines always hit him hard), and many other school staff are in the midst of getting their second shots so more anecdotes/data coming soon. I can absolutely believe that if they did a whole school the same day, they wouldn't have enough subs to cover. We never had enough spots at any one vaccine distribution to do everyone at once, so they're all spread out but happening over a couple of weeks. We also don't have many subs this year--mostly we cover for each other. But since we're online they would just tell teachers to put up an asynchronous lesson with no sub--I don't think they would cancel school.

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Woohoo! Husband - age group 60-64 - got his Scottish blue envelope inviting him for his first jab on Saturday.

Meanwhile the cohort uptake of vaccination is looking pretty good.

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8 hours ago, Acadie said:

I think we're in the same state and Dd14 has scheduled remote schooling Thurs, the day after teachers at her school get their second dose. Typically they are in person.

Subs were hard to come by before the pandemic, and I'm sure the pool is even smaller now because it comes with greater health risks. I have a few homeschooling friends who were subbing before but not anymore.

 

4 hours ago, Ali in OR said:

Anecdotally, I would say at least 50% of the people I know are having significant side effects that would prevent teaching on the day after the shot. I'm one of them! I was running a fever and couldn't stay vertical or awake. In my immediate family, 2 of 4 of us were like that, plus my sister, my friend and her daughter, a fellow Educational Assistant, the teacher I subbed for both Thursday and Friday (he says vaccines always hit him hard), and many other school staff are in the midst of getting their second shots so more anecdotes/data coming soon. I can absolutely believe that if they did a whole school the same day, they wouldn't have enough subs to cover. 

Teachers received second dose on Saturday and canceled school on Monday.  I'm sure subs are very hard to come by.  They even lowered the qualifications needed to substitute to attract more people. 

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2 hours ago, Kassia said:

Teachers received second dose on Saturday and canceled school on Monday.  I'm sure subs are very hard to come by.  They even lowered the qualifications needed to substitute to attract more people. 

Yeah, that sounds right for the second shot from everything I've heard. It's an unpleasant vaccine! I'm not looking forward to that, although I'm definitely looking forward to being immune. 

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My dad had his 2nd Moderna a week or so ago.  I called him last night to ask how it went.  He said he may have felt some dizziness, but no serious reaction.  My mom had said he had been feeling more tired than usual also.  She suspects he may not be saying much because he wants her to get the shot, which she has no plans to get.  But anyway, for my dad, that's done and all's well.

[I should add that he had a serious sugar spike after his 1st shot, went to the doctor and was put on meds and a severe diet, and then, several days after the 2nd shot, started shaking etc. between meals, tested his sugar and it was at 55.  I'm concerned that the medicine dosage was not right because the sugar spike was partly due to the vax.  Any thoughts on that?]

My kids' school system is closed today so the teachers can recover from their second vax, which they were given as a group (Monday?  Not really sure).  School starts back full time on March 22 (excluding those who opted for virtual all year).  Here's hoping all the teachers are back in shape by then.

Two housemates in their 60s are considering getting the vax, but would like to have an antibody test first.  We'll see how that goes.

I'm in the 50+ group for whom the vax is opening shortly.  I have no plans to get vaxed.  I do think it's pretty likely I already had the virus.

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What are they saying these days about whether or not people should get the vax if they've already had full-blown Covid?  A teacher friend of mine is in that category.  Is there some evidence that having the vax will provide longer immunity than having symptomatic Covid?

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9 minutes ago, SKL said:

What are they saying these days about whether or not people should get the vax if they've already had full-blown Covid?  A teacher friend of mine is in that category.  Is there some evidence that having the vax will provide longer immunity than having symptomatic Covid?

I think there's evidence like higher levels of immune system reaction to the vaccine, but people haven't been vaccinated for long enough to do actual comparisons about the timeline. 

 

11 minutes ago, SKL said:

I'm in the 50+ group for whom the vax is opening shortly.  I have no plans to get vaxed.  I do think it's pretty likely I already had the virus.

If you aren't sure -- that is, if you didn't have serious symptoms -- you are unlikely to be immune for as long as the vaccine. But obviously that's up to you. 

 

11 minutes ago, SKL said:

My kids' school system is closed today so the teachers can recover from their second vax, which they were given as a group (Monday?  Not really sure).  School starts back full time on March 22 (excluding those who opted for virtual all year).  Here's hoping all the teachers are back in shape by then.

I'd be very surprised if they aren't. I haven't heard of many reactions that have lasted over a week. (Not that it never happens, but it doesn't seem common.) 

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10 minutes ago, SKL said:

My dad had his 2nd Moderna a week or so ago.  I called him last night to ask how it went.  He said he may have felt some dizziness, but no serious reaction.  My mom had said he had been feeling more tired than usual also.  She suspects he may not be saying much because he wants her to get the shot, which she has no plans to get.  But anyway, for my dad, that's done and all's well.

[I should add that he had a serious sugar spike after his 1st shot, went to the doctor and was put on meds and a severe diet, and then, several days after the 2nd shot, started shaking etc. between meals, tested his sugar and it was at 55.  I'm concerned that the medicine dosage was not right because the sugar spike was partly due to the vax.  Any thoughts on that?]

My kids' school system is closed today so the teachers can recover from their second vax, which they were given as a group (Monday?  Not really sure).  School starts back full time on March 22 (excluding those who opted for virtual all year).  Here's hoping all the teachers are back in shape by then.

Two housemates in their 60s are considering getting the vax, but would like to have an antibody test first.  We'll see how that goes.

I'm in the 50+ group for whom the vax is opening shortly.  I have no plans to get vaxed.  I do think it's pretty likely I already had the virus.

If you give blood you can get your antibodies checked for free so you know for sure if you have had it. I've read that the protection from the shot is better than from getting it but don't have links or details offhand. I'm sure someone else is probably more informed here.

3 hours ago, Laura Corin said:

Woohoo! Husband - age group 60-64 - got his Scottish blue envelope inviting him for his first jab on Saturday.

Meanwhile the cohort uptake of vaccination is looking pretty good.

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That is incredible to see such a high percentage vaccinated in the older age groups. 

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I got my first dose of the Moderna vaccine yesterday, 5 pm-ish (I qualified as a teacher). So far, so good, but of course it's only 15 hrs post-shot. my arm has been sore since about an hour after, but so far....nothing else. 

So grateful to have it!! 

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44 minutes ago, SKL said:

I should add that he had a serious sugar spike after his 1st shot, went to the doctor and was put on meds and a severe diet, and then, several days after the 2nd shot, started shaking etc. between meals, tested his sugar and it was at 55.  I'm concerned that the medicine dosage was not right because the sugar spike was partly due to the vax.  Any thoughts on that?]

I know it has been mentioned in one of the threads that Pfizer (I think) causes temporary blood sugar issues in diabetics. So, yes, your concern is warranted! It could very well have been a vaccine-related short-term thing.

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45 minutes ago, SKL said:

What are they saying these days about whether or not people should get the vax if they've already had full-blown Covid? 

Latest I've seen is that the first shot after a covid infection bumps your immune system up equivalent to or higher than two vaccine shots, but the study was small. They haven't changed recommendations yet but could eventually decide only one shot is required if you already had Covid.

There is a recommendation to wait 90 days after your most recent covid infection before receiving your first immunization. I don't know how formal that recommendation is.

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59 minutes ago, Soror said:

That is incredible to see such a high percentage vaccinated in the older age groups. 

Invitations are all done by post, so there's no technological barrier.  I think a lot of GPs have also been calling people up if they didn't take up a vaccination offer and asking them if the GP can help with their decision.  I posted an interview with one doctor in England who found that 70% of those he talked to asked to make an appointment after the talk.  Because the GP system is cradle-to-grave, the majority of older people will have a long-term relationship already with their local GP.

We've also had three lockdowns plus semi-lockdowns, with people at special risk 'shielding' completely for months on end.  It's seen as a get-out-of-jail card by many people.

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13 hours ago, kristin0713 said:

Has anyone gotten Janssen? 
 

eta - I mean anyone here with an experience to report on  

I’ve seen social media posts from a couple local friends and no problem for either of them. I don’t think either was down at all with more than a sore arm. 

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4 hours ago, Laura Corin said:

Woohoo! Husband - age group 60-64 - got his Scottish blue envelope inviting him for his first jab on Saturday.

Meanwhile the cohort uptake of vaccination is looking pretty good.

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That's amazing!

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DH update - vaccine was yesterday afternoon. He was tired and a bit dizzy yesterday evening, then got a second wind and stayed up until midnight working on stuff on the computer. was up early today, feels fine other than arm is sore if he presses on it. 

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19 minutes ago, Laura Corin said:

Invitations are all done by post, so there's no technological barrier.  I think a lot of GPs have also been calling people up if they didn't take up a vaccination offer and asking them if the GP can help with their decision.  I posted an interview with one doctor in England who found that 70% of those he talked to asked to make an appointment after the talk.  Because the GP system is cradle-to-grave, the majority of older people will have a long-term relationship already with their local GP.

We've also had three lockdowns plus semi-lockdowns, with people at special risk 'shielding' completely for months on end.  It's seen as a get-out-of-jail card by many people.

I hope they move that direction here after we've exhausted those that are willing to get it without prompting. I can imagine it would be a big help to hear from one's doctor. There is of course plenty here that don't have regular doctors due to crappy medical care and costs. I'm nervous to see what our percentage is going to be, it is a very conservative area and there is a lot of misinformation out there. 

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Through some good timing, a loophole, and other factors I won't go into, I was able to be vaccinated today. I'd feel guilty, but it's pretty easy here to get a vaccine now, and where I went in fact had zero wait and was well below capacity, so I don't feel badly I took a shot from others trying desperately to get them. And frankly, I was very grateful to get it now, rather than in a month, because they are getting ready to switch over to Johnson and Johnson at a lot of sites, and with my son being at risk, I want one more likely to prevent me from spreading it, not just me getting sick. 

Anyway, got it about 11:30am, and my arm started to get sore at the end of the 15 minute waiting period. Not bad, but noticable. Still not bad, but now I have a bit of a fever (5 1/2 hours later) and am feeling flushed - my face particuarly. A bit tired, bit of a headache. I was willing to write off the headache as allergies, mine are badly the last few weeks, but that wouldn't explain the fever or flushed feeling. 

My guess is that my immune system was already ramped up due to the stupid oak pollen everywhere so having a more extensive reaction than otherwise. Cause this seems quick? It's not bad, I still cleaned up some, put a roast in the instant pot, etc, but not going to workout type thing. Oh, appetite is off - didn't even finish my afternoon coffee. Ate a few popsicles though - those sounded good. 

Oh - it was Phizer vaccine. 

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Yesterday I drove DH 81.5 miles--one way--to get a vaccine in a small town.  We live in a major metropolitan area and have a mass vaccination site within two blocks of our house, a medical school within 2 miles, and a major medical center within 3 miles of our hosue.  Although he is over 70, and has been on those waiting lists since December/January, he was still way down on a waiting list to even make an appointment.  He received Pfizer; he has a second dose scheduled in three weeks in the same location (we will see if we can find something closer for the second dose).  Wouldn't you know it--on the drive back he got a text from the county saying that he could schedule an appointment at a center (that would have been only 30 miles away) for next week.

Just in the last 30 minutes I received a notification from my employer that I can receive a vaccine tomorrow from their supply.  It will be Johnson and Johnson. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, ktgrok said:

Through some good timing, a loophole, and other factors I won't go into, I was able to be vaccinated today. I'd feel guilty, but it's pretty easy here to get a vaccine now, and where I went in fact had zero wait and was well below capacity, so I don't feel badly I took a shot from others trying desperately to get them. And frankly, I was very grateful to get it now, rather than in a month, because they are getting ready to switch over to Johnson and Johnson at a lot of sites, and with my son being at risk, I want one more likely to prevent me from spreading it, not just me getting sick. 

Yay! Glad you managed to get it. 

 

2 hours ago, ktgrok said:

Anyway, got it about 11:30am, and my arm started to get sore at the end of the 15 minute waiting period. Not bad, but noticable. Still not bad, but now I have a bit of a fever (5 1/2 hours later) and am feeling flushed - my face particuarly. A bit tired, bit of a headache. I was willing to write off the headache as allergies, mine are badly the last few weeks, but that wouldn't explain the fever or flushed feeling. 

My guess is that my immune system was already ramped up due to the stupid oak pollen everywhere so having a more extensive reaction than otherwise. Cause this seems quick? It's not bad, I still cleaned up some, put a roast in the instant pot, etc, but not going to workout type thing. Oh, appetite is off - didn't even finish my afternoon coffee. Ate a few popsicles though - those sounded good. 

I know DH felt pretty icky a couple of hours after the vaccine. It was fast for him, too. Then he felt basically OK the next morning. 

 

2 hours ago, ktgrok said:

Oh - it was Phizer vaccine. 

I think he also had Pfizer. 

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Has anyone who has experienced a severe allergic reaction to a drug recevied a COVID vaccine?  If so, what was your experience? 

When DH was signing up for an appointment, questions were asked about that.  He does not have any history of reactions.  He received the vaccine at a small town CVS and was told "hang around for a few minutes" but no one did anything to follow up or check on him.  

I HAVE had a severe allergic reaction to a medicine.  I was hoping to be able to get the vaccinne after consultation with (and under the supervision of) my physician (but that is a bit complicated because my physician who treated me at the time of the reaction has retired and I have moved--not long before COVID hit and have only seen the nurse practitioner in my new town a couple of times for minor things so she doesn't have the hsitorical experience of my reaction).  I have the opportunity to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine tomorrow morning through my employer.  No questions about medical issues/allergies were asked when signing up;  it was simply a computer form with birthdate, name, etc.--and no place to add any info. 

I am thinking that I will be asked tomorrow when I arrive about previous reactions; I am just wondering what to expect and if they will give me the vaccine in a non-medical setting.  

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My mother had her second Pfizer shot a week ago last Saturday. She reported severe joint pain on Monday or Tuesday following the shot. She said she felt so old & just could barely move. The following morning, she was back to feeling "normal." I'm so happy for her!

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@Bootsie I have severe allergies to lots of meds - very long list - among other things. I had my Pfizer shot today.

We discussed ahead of time with the allergist, and she said to take our epipens and hang out for 30 minutes.  She said it would be ok to take Benadryl ahead of time, but I did not.  

According to what she’s reading, most allergic reactions are because of the propylene glycol (like in. Colonoscopy prep or Miralax) and another ingredient whose name escapes me, it’s listed on the cdc website, I think.  I will try to update this later with that info. Anyway, I am not allergic to either of those, and she encouraged me to get the shot.

I react to everything, every shot with a big immune response.  So my experience may differ from yours, but ... my arm felt warm fairly quickly, by 15 minutes it was noticeably sore.  I had a few episodes of feeling light-headed (this could have been anxiety about having anaphylaxis, if you’ve been there too, you’ll know why).  At 30 minutes, I just really wanted fresh air, so we left. By the time we got home 20 minutes later, I felt better.

Now I am achey, tired, chills and a little feverish.  All within the realm of normal, and not an allergic reaction.

I hope tomorrow goes well for you!

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1 hour ago, Bootsie said:

Has anyone who has experienced a severe allergic reaction to a drug recevied a COVID vaccine?  If so, what was your experience? 

When DH was signing up for an appointment, questions were asked about that.  He does not have any history of reactions.  He received the vaccine at a small town CVS and was told "hang around for a few minutes" but no one did anything to follow up or check on him.  

I HAVE had a severe allergic reaction to a medicine.  I was hoping to be able to get the vaccinne after consultation with (and under the supervision of) my physician (but that is a bit complicated because my physician who treated me at the time of the reaction has retired and I have moved--not long before COVID hit and have only seen the nurse practitioner in my new town a couple of times for minor things so she doesn't have the hsitorical experience of my reaction).  I have the opportunity to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine tomorrow morning through my employer.  No questions about medical issues/allergies were asked when signing up;  it was simply a computer form with birthdate, name, etc.--and no place to add any info. 

I am thinking that I will be asked tomorrow when I arrive about previous reactions; I am just wondering what to expect and if they will give me the vaccine in a non-medical setting.  

When I went today they had a list of questions to ask as you checked in, and one was if you were allergic to anything. If you answered yes to that, or certain other questions, you were assigned to a 30 minute wait after the shot instead of the 15 minute wait. Our waits were in a big tent with ventilation going, spaced apart, with national guard and at least one nurse practictioner in there - the 30 minute group was in a different tent, I'd bet they had more nurses there? 

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51 minutes ago, Spryte said:

@Bootsie I have severe allergies to lots of meds - very long list - among other things. I had my Pfizer shot today.

We discussed ahead of time with the allergist, and she said to take our epipens and hang out for 30 minutes.  She said it would be ok to take Benadryl ahead of time, but I did not.  

According to what she’s reading, most allergic reactions are because of the propylene glycol (like in. Colonoscopy prep or Miralax) and another ingredient whose name escapes me, it’s listed on the cdc website, I think.  I will try to update this later with that info. Anyway, I am not allergic to either of those, and she encouraged me to get the shot.

I react to everything, every shot with a big immune response.  So my experience may differ from yours, but ... my arm felt warm fairly quickly, by 15 minutes it was noticeably sore.  I had a few episodes of feeling light-headed (this could have been anxiety about having anaphylaxis, if you’ve been there too, you’ll know why).  At 30 minutes, I just really wanted fresh air, so we left. By the time we got home 20 minutes later, I felt better.

Now I am achey, tired, chills and a little feverish.  All within the realm of normal, and not an allergic reaction.

I hope tomorrow goes well for you!

Glad you got your shot! 

This definitely sounds like DH's reaction. He felt better the next morning, so I hope you do, too. 

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7 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

Glad you got your shot! 

This definitely sounds like DH's reaction. He felt better the next morning, so I hope you do, too. 

That’s good to hear, thanks!

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I checked the phases in my county today. I will be in the final "everyone else" phase 5, and the website estimated that group would be vaccinated winter 2021! 😳

That gave me a shock before I noticed the note, "timeline expected to change based on increased allocations."

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I appreciate this thread. I am scheduled for my first Moderna shot tomorrow. I will admit the anti-vaxxers are getting in my head a bit. So I appreciate all the people sharing their experiences here. 
 

Dh got his first Moderna today. He is fine. I am trying not to suggest he might have symptoms lest he have a reaction just based on suggestion. But he seems fine. Sore arm like a flu shot. He did buy Tylenol at Walmart where he got the shot because that was what was suggested if he had a headache. I think he took that once but he really seems totally fine. 
 

 

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I got the Pfizer shot on Monday; had some soreness at the injection site for a couple of days, it is almost gone now. No other side effects.

It was the first day my tier opened up, I felt lucky to get in. 

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