I got my first jab in January, since I work in health care, I was in phase 2. I got my pfizer shot at work. I filled out some paper work stating that I never had an adverse reaction to a shot, which means anaphylactic shock, or my airways totally shutting down or what have you. Shot time, I totally relaxed my arm and didn’t really feel anything when I got my shot. I waited around for 15 minuets, to see how I would have a reaction, and then off to work I went since I was already at work.
The next day my arm was a little sore, and I was a little sleepy. I had very mild side effects.
Second shot same thing. With the second shot, I recommend taking Tylenol, and then Ibuprofen before bed. You can take a Tylenol and two hours later an Ibuprofen. In the middle of the night I woke up with chills and I was freezing. I woke up that morning very sleepy, and had body aches. I went on to go to work and I felt like I had a minor sickness, I took at nap on my break. The side effects were tolerable, but much better than getting covid and passing it on to my parents, who are high risk, or the elderly that I take care of, and have this pandemic go on forever.
Side effects are good! It means the vaccine is working, and your body is busy producing antibodies, and teaching your immune system how to fight off Covid. The pfizer shot is a mRNA shot, which means it uses messenger RNA to create an immune response. It doesn’t not enter the nucleus of the cell and change our genetic make up. The vaccine doesn’t contain the live virus, nor get you sick with actual covid.
Now the delta variant is out, and I’ve seen 4 people test positive for covid that are fully vaccinated. 2 of them we not sick at all and were on their happy way to visit their 97 year old Grandma, and flew to see her from miles away. The 2 in the hospital were sick, but not on ventilators. I have heard that fully vaccinated people can get the delta variant, but to a lesser degree. It cuts the chances from getting very ill or hospitalization from Covid. According to healthline.com “Data so far suggests efficacy rates of more than 67 percent for the J&J vaccine, 72 to 95 percent for the Moderna vaccine, and 42 to 96 percent for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.” The delta variant is more contagious.
There are various studies that say different things, this a new virus and a new vaccine so who knows? According to healthline.com “The study also found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 88 percent effective against the Delta variant 2 weeks after the second dose”.
I worked through the whole pandemic taking care of the elderly. I never caught Covid, and I didn’t get sick, not even with a cold all year. My residents had covid and about 10 of them died. They were already on hospice.