I do not know how many of you have yet been fortunate enough to receive your first Covid 19 vaccination. But if any of you are going to get your vaccine soon, I thought I would write a brief post to reassure you.
I went yesterday evening to our local vaccination point. It was a rather unusual experience since I have not been anywhere (except on countryside walks) in months (shielding due to an underlying health condition). But it was all well organised and went very smoothly. I had a lovely (masked) conversation with the nurse, who had come out of retirement to help. The whole thing took less than half an hour.
Obviously, some people may have mild side effects – more severe side effects are very rare. From my own personal experience I can tell you that around 24hrs after receiving my first Pfizer vaccine, I feel fine. Just a very mild ache in my shoulder, and nothing more. Someone else in our household had the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and felt a little under the weather for a couple of days – but nothing too bad.
If you are receive a letter and are given the opportunity, trust the science and start on the road to recovery from this pandemic. Obviously, there is still a long way to go. But this is another step in the right direction. I will be invited to. have my second dose within 12 weeks.
I will obviously let you know how things progress in the next few days. But at the moment I am very happy and not even feeling a bit under the weather. I know this is just one person’s experience, but if you are feeling anxious, perhaps stories like mine can help you feel a little easier about getting vaccinated yourself when your turn rolls round.