COVID Vaccine, Part 1

I don’t have much to update, so I figured I’d document my experience with getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

  • January 16, 2021
    • Registered for the opportunity to register for my first shot.
  • January 27, 2021
    • Received my invitation to create a MyChart account in order to sign up for a time to get my first shot, and I did so.
  • January 28-February 8, 2021
    • Every single Zoom meeting (and there are many) starts with coworker stories about their first shots and subsequent side effects ranging from “no worse than a flu shot” to feeling terrible for days. There’s no discernible pattern for who gets hit how. The “no worse than a flu shot” bit is particularly unhelpful. Most years I have a sore arm for a day or so but some years it has knocked me on my ass. There’s just no telling which it’ll be. I have no idea what to actually expect.
  • February 9, 2021
    • 2:10 PM – received Pfizer shot number 1. Doc advised me that I’d have a fairly sore arm tomorrow, said I could take Tylenol – NOT IBUPROFEN – if I needed to, and wished me luck. (That bit gave me pause… I mean… why?) Sat in the observation area for 15 minutes, felt fine, was allowed to leave. Walked back to my office to finish up some work before packing up and heading home.
    • 3:40 PM – arm starting to feel sore at injection site.
  • February 10, 2021
    • 12:45 AM – Rolled over and my arm was so sore it jerked me fully awake. Took some Tylenol and thankfully made it back to sleep. Thought I had some slight nausea, but it could’ve just been fatigue.
    • 5:30 AM – Woke up because alarm went off. Arm was still sore, but not as bad as earlier. Otherwise I feel fine. Was able to work out okay.
    • 2:20 PM – It’s been just over 24 hours since the shot. Arm is tender but haven’t needed more Tylenol. Brain is a little sluggish but the last week and a half at work have been super brain-intense, so it could just be that.
  • February 11, 2021
    • Arm feels pretty much back to normal. I’ll continue to get text message check-ins from the CDC’s V-Check system for several more days, but I think I’m good on this one.

Please remember that even if you’ve already got both of your shots, that doesn’t make you invincible. You could still get some strain of the virus. Or worse, you can still carry it and can still spread it to unvaccinated folks if you relax your precautionary measures.

Stay home when you can. Mask up when you can’t. Wash your filthy paws. Don’t be an asshat.

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