Ok it’s really not all that personal, I just went with the bad sequel joke. So here’s my experience with my second vaccine dose. I don’t remember if I mentioned this on the first post, but I got the Pfizer vaccine.
- March 2, 2021
- 2:09 PM – got shot number two
- 2:24 PM – no issues, left observation area
- 11:20 PM – Woke up, arm was super sore. Took some Tylenol and went back to bed.
- March 3, 2021
- Morning – arm still quite sore, but am otherwise feeling alright
- Noon – a bit headachey starting late morning. Unsure if allergies, slept weird, or vaccine-related.
- 5:30 PM – Sudden onset of fatigue, rapidly increasing.
- March 4, 2021
- 5:30 AM – tried to go back to sleep after my alarm went off because I was stiff (likely from yesterday’s exercises, not the vaccine) and sluggish (likely from the vaccine) but couldn’t. Got up and did a slow, easy run. Fatigue seems to have abated for the time being.
- 3:00 PM – Arm feels pretty much normal again. Energy level is normal for a Thursday afternoon.
- March 5, 2021
- Woke up feeling good.
- Afternoon: Starting to feel a bit fatigued again. Not quite 72 hours post-shot.
- March 8, 2021
- Energy levels seem to have mostly stabilized over the weekend. Think I’m good.
So, the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people have been all over my internets this morning. It’s worth a click through to read the actual guidelines but in a nutshell, the “big news” is that they now consider it safe for fully vaccinated people to:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
“For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen ).”
According to that, in just over a week I’ll be able to safely hang out with other vaccinated folks – and even low-risk unvaccinated folks, though that bit makes me squidgy – in small groups without masks or worrying about keeping distance. We could even shake hands. Or hug. (I’m not really a hugger but given the past year, I might make a few exceptions when the time comes.) I do intend to proceed with caution, though. The vaccine isn’t a free pass to do whatever we want whenever we want. It doesn’t guarantee we won’t come down with COVID or that we won’t be able to pass it to someone else, it just greatly reduces those chances. There are still a whole lot of folks out there who want to get vaccinated but haven’t been able to do so for any number of reasons. For that reason I intend to continue to maintain my preventive measures when in public spaces and limit my presence in public spaces for a bit longer.
Stay home when you can. Mask up when you can’t. Wash your filthy paws. Don’t be an asshat.