Family, Friends, and Foes:
I was waiting until the second shot had settled to report back. This was MY response to the AztraSeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial study. My understanding is that other volunteer‘s symptoms were even milder. Each body is different.
The morning after the 1st vaccine shot: I had a headache, body aches, sore/raspy throat, and fatigue. I took 500 mg acetaminophen that morning, and a nap in the afternoon.
The following morning: mild headache, body aches, fatigue. But, it didn’t limit my daily activities. Ran errands. Also took a nap that afternoon.
That’s exactly what my body was supposed to do: build an immunological response to the foreign COVID-19 protein in my system. The vaccine has ONE the many proteins that make up the COVID-19 virus. That’s why I’m neither sick, nor contagious: I just got a small fraction of it. For most people, the symptoms last about 48 hrs. But… I’m special. As I still had symptoms, albeit mild, after 48 hrs, I had to be hyper monitored for a couple more days, and VERY much ruled out for COVID-19. So, the study team had me go in for an assessment . They ran FOUR different COVID-19 tests on me. The attached picture is the box I had to wear afterwards, until the test resulted negative (Hopefully!). My vitals were being sent and monitored by a nurse in Kansas City (I’m in VT!). The next morning my results came back: negative. Although, I have to say, I kind of liked the box.
After the 2nd vaccine shot (4 weeks later):
A nearby train horn woke me up in the middle of the night. That’s how I realized I had chills, rigors, sore/raspy throat, headache, body aches, fatigue. I monitored my temperature until it reached 100 degrees (I’m an RN!), THEN took 1,000 mg acetaminophen.
In the morning, I felt just like the morning after the 1st shot: headache, body aches, sore/raspy throat, fatigue. Stayed home all day. Took a nap in the afternoon. Didn’t need any more medication.
I went to work the following morning.
Makes me wonder whether I slept through the fevers after the first shot.
A week later I had similar symptoms so they had me go through the hyper-monitoring phase again. Tested negative again. We suspect that as my body was focused on building an immune response to the corona virus, another bug sneaked through the gate and got me sick. Feeling much better already.
Again, this was MY PERSONAL experience. Everyone’s body is different. But, the consensus out there seems to be that the side effects are relatively minor and short lived. Particularly when compared with ending up intubated in an ICU. Dr. Fauci said that 75-85% of the population of the USA has to take the vaccine for us to reach her immunity, by March 2021.
Please spread the word, if you feel comfortable doing so.
UVM Medical Center Staff Oncology Nurse