Got My Covid Vaccination on Monday

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No card, just a confirmation number, they dont tell you what you will get as i mentioned the two before it will be one of them, I get my confirmation through text and a email, which has a code that they will scan.
 

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Canada has a good health care system. My youngest child was born there. The hospital bill was 50 cents because we requested a B12 shot for his mother. :)

He just turned 52 last month.

It sounds like they have removed the need for patients to remember from their system for Covid vaccinations. I bet they would have told Kevin what he got, if he asked. They apparently know how to keep track of what he needs.

The timing seems strange to me also.

Jane and I are getting our second Moderna injection at 12:30 this afternoon.
 
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It's interesting to hear the experiences from so many countries. Thanks for sharing.
 
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The health system was better before. Unfortunately thats the way it is. I was told before sometime in May i might get a shot, i am happier now i have a confirmed apointment. We pay alot of taxes in Canada for our health system.
 

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Yes Pat, at the pharmacies its one type. When i get mine, it will be one of the two other ones. I am leary of the Zeneca as we have heard about the blood clot issues.
 

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I had my first AstraZeneca shot a couple of weeks ago. I am booked in to have my second shot in 12 weeks time. I was a little off colour for three or four days (headache, lethargic and a few joint aches), but I have felt the same after the flue shot. I think the media is driving the hype behind there being a blood clot issue and that has seen the government here get spooked into changing its recommended vaccine. All based on a hand full of cases in a million doses. Anyway, it will not deter me from getting the second jab.
 

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I am very late to this thread. My wife and I, ages 70 and 67, respectively, lucked out and got our second Pfizer shots at a local hospital back in February. The website we found to register on had just opened and it got booked up shortly thereafter. Neither of us had any side effects with either shot. Side effects, when they occur, are usually associated with a very robust immune response, which basically means the vaccine is doing its job well. This occurs mostly in younger adults, or in people who had previously been exposed to COVID-19. My daughter, age 29, has had both Pfizer shots as well, because she works in an immunology lab with immune cells from COVID patients. She coauthored a journal article on that subject that is in peer review now. After her second shot, she spiked a 102 fever and felt like crap for about 24 hours. She advised me that if I felt some side effects after my second shot, to hold off on taking anti-inflammatories, including acetaminophen (tylenol), at least for a while, as it might somewhat suppress my immune response.
 

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I got knocked down by my second Moderna injection last Thursday. I was OK on Thursday but awoke on Friday feeling very sluggish and with general discomfort and fell asleep for about 12 hours. I was fine on Saturday.

As I was recovering, I wondered if Moderna is a sort of play on words of "mode RNA" for the mRNA mechanism of the vaccine. Does anyone know?
 

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Tom:

You must have a strong immune system. My doctor, who is a specialist and also a department head, stated that the stronger your immune system, the stronger the reaction to the vaccine. I have a weak immune system (I get a lot of colds) so I had no reaction at all. My wife has a strong immune system and had a reaction similar to yours.

Frank
 

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There is a theory that the strength of the immune system is related to childhood exposure to insults. I know that the neighborhoods where I lived until high school were dangerous in that regard. :emoji_dizzy_face:

I lived in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angles 1936, Central Detroit 1942 and the KC MO North End (Della C. Lamb) 1946 before my parents and I built a house in Parkville MO in 1951.
 

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My understanding is that the side effects are mostly from the innate response, which is a genetic thing.
 

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I got knocked down by my second Moderna injection last Thursday. I was OK on Thursday but awoke on Friday feeling very sluggish and with general discomfort and fell asleep for about 12 hours. I was fine on Saturday.

As I was recovering, I wondered if Moderna is a sort of play on words of "mode RNA" for the mRNA mechanism of the vaccine. Does anyone know?
Moderna, Inc is an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 

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Moderna, Inc is an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I knew that, but I was wondering how they came up with the name for the company. I live about 40 miles from there.
 

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Just got my first Pfizer shot this morning here in Ventura County, California. I'm in the 55-64 group that just opened up. It was a rather well organized experience. I have my second appointment on May 3.
 

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I finally decided to go for it. I asked if the second injection is different from the first. The tech said they were both the same. The first one, the body says "OK, I see you there and will keep an eye on you." The second it says "whoa, you again? I'm going to kick some butt!"
I guess that's as good a way as any to explain the second shot reaction. I only had some injection point muscle pain after the first.
 

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I finally decided to go for it. I asked if the second injection is different from the first. The tech said they were both the same. The first one, the body says "OK, I see you there and will keep an eye on you." The second it says "whoa, you again? I'm going to kick some butt!"
I guess that's as good a way as any to explain the second shot reaction. I only had some injection point muscle pain after the first.
Which vaccine did your receive? Pfizer or Moderna?
 

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Moderna.
 

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Here locally, they have opened up vaccine eligibility to anyone over 16 (under 18 requires parental permission).

Received my second dose of Pfizer last Friday with no adverse reactions.
 

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I had flu-like symptoms yesterday and they still linger today, but much reduced. I would describe it as a tummy ache. My wife felt really tired, but didn't experience the same ache.
 
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I received my second Pfizer vaccine on Friday. Seventy-two hours plus later, I only experienced (on and off) the feeling that I had a slight fever, but the thermometer indicated a normal temperature. I also experienced some minimal discomfort at the injection site, which I normally do not experience with other vaccines.

I only experienced minor discomfort at the injection site after the first dose.

The CDC has a "v-safe" app where you supply them (voluntarily) with information on your negative reactions, or lack thereof. I suppose it is similar to the Phase IV (post marketing) portion of clinical trials of approved drugs.

I will take these very minor inconveniences every day over being on a respirator or worse!

Regards.
 
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I am now scheduled for Wednesday this week to get my first Covid shot.
 
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I received my second Pfizer vaccine on Friday. Seventy-two hours plus later, I only experienced (on and off) the feeling that I had a slight fever, but the thermometer indicated a normal temperature. I also experienced some minimal discomfort at the injection site, which I normally do not experience with other vaccines.

I only experienced minor discomfort at the injection site after the first dose.

The CDC has a "v-safe" app where you supply them (voluntarily) with information on your negative reactions, or lack thereof. I suppose it is similar to the Phase IV (post marketing) portion of clinical trials of approved drugs.

I will take these very minor inconveniences every day over being on a respirator or worse!

Regards.

You can also report side affects through Vaers. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
 

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There is still ongoing debate about the long term effectiveness of the vaccine. They are talking about a third injection now, and increased worry about the virus morphing into new forms that the vaccine can't protect against. I don't think this thing is going down without a fight, and over confidence about being immune would be a mistake at this point. The young crowd is acting irresponsibly, and keeping the virus alive.
 

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There is still ongoing debate about the long term effectiveness of the vaccine. They are talking about a third injection now, and increased worry about the virus morphing into new forms that the vaccine can't protect against. I don't think this thing is going down without a fight, and over confidence about being immune would be a mistake at this point. The young crowd is acting irresponsibly, and keeping the virus alive.
This was always going to be a problem with such widespread infection before immunisation could catch up giving time for mutation. This is why it is so important that vaccination programmes are global.

Also, as you say, even when vaccinated, wear a mask, stay away from people.
 

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Just got my shot 3 hours ago. Astrazeneca. No soreness in arm , feel fine. Maybe a little drowsy.
 

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I wish i had waited till the end of the month and get the Pfizer, like my wife did. But the advice was take the first one you can get.Not sure if the last shot will be Astra or something else, as there is talk it may be a mix and match.
 

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All forums provide a space for general off topic discussions. This is ours. :)

I did not think it was necessary back in 2008 when it started, but Danny Weiss was insistent, so we set it up. Danny is no longer with us to argue for its importance.
 

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All forums provide a space for general off topic discussions. This is ours. :)

I did not think it was necessary back in 2008 when it started, but Danny Weiss was insistent, so we set it up. Danny is no longer with us to argue for its importance.
Fair enough. I thought it might evolve into something political as everything seems to be politicized these days. It hasn't and for what it's worth I was vaccinated 5 weeks ago.
 

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I got the first vaccine dose (Pfizer) earlier today! I feel proud because I do not like needles. It was surprisingly less painful than the flu shot. Currently, I have some soreness in my arm!

:emoji_thumbsup: Nice!
 
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I had my 2nd AZ this morning. Now we have both had both shots, so have our parents.
 

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I got my second injection on Wednesday. My arm ached for two days, and I felt generally run down on Thursday. No lasting issues. The girl who poked me said full immunity would take ten days to two weeks. Everything is relaxing here, and people are resuming normal routines without masks. Seems a bit premature to me.
 
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Seems a bit premature to me.
I would still wear a mask at school or high capacity places but we have to somehow get back to normal (which we never won’t!).

If one is not comfortable going out without a mask (a lot are!), there is still a freedom to wear one.

How was the poke?
 

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My second shot is in August. Hoping it wont be Astra. We are still in lock down. I will keep wearing a masks and i continue to have to wear a mask, while at work. Somedays i wear it around 13 hours.
 

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Keep i n mind that a mask does not help you much. It is intended to help the other people who are not subjected to your vapors when you exhale. So unless the infected person has one on, your risk it still high. We can hope the immunization is effective. I don't think there's much proof yet one way or the other.
 

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The masks are most effective when everybody wears them as it reduces the amount of aerosol. However not as good as not mixing with people indoors at all and keeping a big distance from people out of doors.
 

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I see that now here in England we can sit in restaurants and cafes to eat. Much better than sitting out in the cold or in bus stations trying to eat and drink from Greggs!
Lets hope everyone exercises a modicum of caution.
 
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Where I live, you've been able to sit at a bar, unmasked, three feet apart for some time. But you were not allowed to use the pool table, where you were 6 feet apart most of the time. Even if you provided your own balls and used your own cue sticks. Some things just don't make much sense. But now everything is opening back up again. It will be interesting to see how that all works out.
My pool game has really suffered :)
 

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I find being near people a bit unnerving now, I'm not sure I want to go back to mixing with them particularly. I've always been the more sociable of the two of us especially as Matthew suffers from social anxiety disorder but my mental health took a bit of a battering and now he sees more people at work in a day than I see in a month!
 

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We’ve been open for months now, with no masks required. I still find at times that I get the feeling I’ve missed something when I walk out of the house. And it took a while to feel ok when going into crowded shops or restaurants
 

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I find being near people a bit unnerving now
FWIW, I continue to wear my mask, even to go to the mail box to pick-up the day's mail and I continue to keep a distance from others even if they are masked.

but my mental health took a bit of a battering
The effects of Covid have gone far beyond the physical aspects.

But for many (myself included), getting "back to normal" will be evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Hang in there, Nick!

Regards.
 

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