Vaccinated – Done

Round two of the Pfizer vaccine is complete. Only side effects are a sore shot area and some body aches and tiredness. Other than that, it seems all is OK.

Today ran smoothly. It was a mass event like my first one, both through the hospital system. I got there around 3:45 pm and was on my way after a 15 minute rest by 4:15 pm.

Thirty minutes plus thirty minutes of drive time round trip. So, I only invested one hour of time, a little gas money and $5 parklng. With only a few minor side effects.

If you are waiting, please do yourself a favor and help yourself, your family and everyone else.

51 thoughts on “Vaccinated – Done

  1. Well done and thank you for doing your part. It may not seem like that big of a deal but this is how each of us can do our bit, too. You set a good example.

    • Joy, a day later the side effects have all subsided. They were never bad, but I felt them. I was trying to decide if they were side effects or if I was tired from not sleeping well and swimming laps for only the second time this season. Good luck. Keith

      • Thanks!
        Swimming can definitely make you tired. Swimming laps? I haven’t done that for years! I never was a big swimmer, but it is good exercise.

      • Joy, we built a pool many years ago for our kids. So, I swim laps about two to three times a week in season – great exercise. I alternate five strokes starting with two laps then building to four. Right now, it is too cold to swim unless you doing laps. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: A day later, all side effects have subsided. In short, it seemed I was more tired for twenty-four hours, a little more achy, and had a mild headache. Now, this all could be related to my not sleeping well the last couple of nights and swimming for only the second time this season. Those swimming muscles get sore, but it is likely due to the second shot as well.

  3. Well, I wasn’t as fortunate as you, Keith. I had my second Pfizer shot on May 1st, and I’ve felt sicker than I think I’ve ever felt in my life since then. My symptoms didn’t start until 9 hours after the shot and I’ve been down ever since. My symptoms have included a high fever, sweats, nausea, headache, uncontrollable shakiness, and my body hurts everywhere. I’ve finally just ate some crackers but couldn’t eat anything yesterday. I find it strange that the first shot gave me no symptoms except for a sore arm. I realize having covid would likely be worse, but I’m not too excited about the thought of ever having to get a booster in the future. My hubby had a similar reaction a week ago when he got his second one. It took about 3 days for him to feel better.

    • You may not feel much like hearing this but there is a silver lining here. (This information comes from being married to a person who is involved with up to date Canada-wide health data that drives all health related policy.)

      Your body is awesome. It’s my understanding that these are the signs and symptoms of an extremely robust immune response. Your body would have shown a much higher efficacy from the first dose (greater than 85%) if we had some easier way to test this but it demonstrates the likelihood of you getting any of the SARS-CoV-2 now (including variants of concern) from a high viral load of contaminant is about 1 ten thousandth of 1 per cent, whereas for those who do not exhibit this strong second shot response, they’re vulnerability is reduce to about 3% (pfizer leads these numbers but only slightly). (For those who do not get a vaccination, that risk is about 30% and likely to increase with VOCs – Variants Of Concern). And THAT infection figure is calculated as a worst case scenario equivalent: what is the infection rate for 100 people living with infected spouses: statistically, even after the double shot, 3 would contract the virus but exhibit relatively mild symptoms (relatively, because even 3 days of feeling that bad is hardly ‘mild’… but it means not life-threatening or needing hospitalization).

      Now that you’ve run the gauntlet and suffered the awful side effects, you should feel very confident that you’re as armored against this virus and its variants as anyone can be and about 3000 times(!) more so than those who had slight side effects.

      But talk to your doctor about getting the booster (and if you should be prepared for a similar effect: I don’t have any good information yet about that), which I suspect will become part and parcel of the yearly flu shot.

      • Oh, and I’ve heard many on the research team at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine are pretty excited working on a vaccination against the entire family of coronaviruses: this virus shape – the corona – is the one behind all kinds of nasty ones like SARS and MERS (and about 15% of all colds). All coronaviruses are what’s called zoonotic meaning they start off in animals, mutate, recombine and adapt and then spread to humans. The School received a huge collection of bats gathered from all over the world and stored at the Royal Ontario Museum so they are working on how bats – which are basically immune to these viruses and so are almost always a host critter – facilitate the mutation needed for this family of viruses to cross the species boundary (usually from bats to other mammals first like cats, camels, and in this latest version in China with pangolins, and then to humans). Bats are the key (they are also vital pollinators and pest eaters), and the SARS-CoV-2 virus specifically shows us genetic sequencing that establishes this bat source, which is why genetics plays such an important role for tracing how the coronaviruses go from bats through the mutation and adaptation processes with other mammals and then to humans. This genetic understanding is then applied to manufacturing the specific protein shape your body needs to counter a corona virus infection, which is why the mRNAs (Pfizer and Moderna) might have immune benefits far beyond just protecting us from Covid-19. These vaccines specifically can be reengineered within 5 days (I’ve heard 2 is sufficient for many manufacturing plants) and put into full production within a few weeks should a variant of concern render the original vaccination less than optimally functional.

        The science behind all this stuff is just amazing. And it keeps growing in knowledge and application. We really do live in the best of times.

      • Thanks Keith. Some people might find it helpful to better understand what’s going on and what stuff means.

        For example, there is little understanding what the percentages actually mean when one hears about 80% here for this kind of vaccination and 95% there for that kind; one can be forgiven for presuming 95 is better than 80 because, well, 95 is a higher number. I have long been criticized for getting too detailed in much of my commentary, for ‘thinking too much’, for risking tl;dr, but the reality is that in many cases the 80 is actually better than the 95 because of a bunch of reasons. And getting as many people vaccinated as possible is the primary goal of bringing a pandemic under control. So if one doesn’t know the reasons why getting the 80 now is far, far ‘better’ than waiting for the 95 later, one probably is not going to understand. And if one doesn’t understand, then how can one make an informed decision?

        Another common misunderstanding is about what herd immunity means and why it’s different percentages of the general population for different vaccinations. It means how many people will a carrier end up infecting; when this number is below 1, then it makes sense the virus will die down and for all intent and purpose disappear. That’s herd immunity. Right now, that number varies tremendously and is always above 1, sometimes well above 20. India, right now, is above 30, but so is Alberta! That means each infected person is passing along that virus to more than just one other person and so the number of people getting infected is naturally going to go up. What’s concerning is that it goes up exponentially. To get some idea of what that means (you’ve probably encountered this example), imagine a football stadium with a tap dripping water at rate of one drop per minute but doubled from then on and no way for the water to escape. how long will it take to fill up the stadium? Shockingly, under an hour! (actually, usually somewhere in the high 40s depending on the size of the stadium). So vaccination rates directly and dramatically affect this rate and stops some of the transmission to stop that doubling effect. The question then becomes (remember, I’m hearing the concerns on a federal level to implement vaccination policy) what overall percentage of the population is needed to get this rate below 1?

        You will (if you haven’t already) hear two numbers: 75 and 20. We know from replicated real world data that the rate of transmission of all cases including variants of Covid can fall below 1 where at least 75% of the population has been vaccinated (doesn’t matter which vaccination) with 1 shot (of any of the approved vaccines) and 20% has received 2. (Because the J&J single shot vaccine has not been widely distributed yet, these numbers don’t affect the guideline.) In some communities (Canada has some excellent isolated communities to gather this information) only 70% needs one shot but the 20% of the double shot seems to be key. These numbers drop the transmission rate below 1. This is one reason why so many governments and health agencies feel comfortable to have pushed back the timing of the second dose in order to get as many people vaccinated with one dose as possible and focus meeting the 20% level for the most vulnerable, meaning those most likely to need hospitalization.

        Whether we know it or not, doing our individual part of getting vaccinated doesn’t just help us as individuals (although I certainly feel better getting at least one dose). When we do this we are saving lives. More than that, we are helping to prevent in some small way all kinds of related suffering. Understanding the breadth and scope of this pandemic I can’t help but think of getting a vaccination – especially during a pandemic – as doing one’s civic duty and for people you will never meet and never know. And so every American should be justifiably proud of the outstanding effort undertaken and implemented by so many to get these vaccines out and available AND all those people who rolled up their sleeves and ‘took one for the team’.

  4. Yay, I am so happy for you that you are through completely. I get my first dose on Wednesday and the second one on June 2. I am so glad about it.

  5. Good on you Keith! Just got my 2nd Moderna last Tuesday. Same as you- sore arm, a little tired and achy for a day. And that’s it. Well worth it! I felt so relieved. Now, if we can just get the naysayers to do the same.

    • Thanks Jeff. I am glad yours weren’t too bad. One of my other commenters had three days of side effects, so it varies. Thsnks for getting it done. Keith

  6. Congratulations Keith.
    I bet you feel a lot more secure now that is done.
    Sheila had her second Pfizer yesterday, I’m waiting on my second AstraZeneca, guessing sometime this month or early June.
    I shouldn’t have really but I joined in a tussle with the anti-vac / conspiracy crews on Facebook over the past few days (It’s personal; my daughter is a nurse-manager in the UK NHS at the front-line)…I might as well have gone onto a MAGA site and suggested the Presidential Election result should be accepted. (far too much fun)

      • I have to admit to a certain relish, but it was getting to be a distraction from spending time here amongst the rational, intelligent folk.
        I quit it yesterday with a long analytical explanation. Anyway FaceBook being as it is, can get stuck where a thread is heavily subscribed and often I was unbale to respond to someone because FB would not lead me there, while looking down the legions of posts and responses was a tedious task.

  7. Note to Readers: My daughter said the second dose impacted her for a couple of days – achiness, tiredness – but she is fine now. It seems #2 vaccine has a kick to it, but I am very glad to have it done as is she.

  8. Yay for you Keith. I had mine In Jan snd Feb. now, even my son has had the vaccine. The Trump clan is holding back our national recovery by spreading conspiracies, talking Fauci down with outright lies. It’s baffling as to why they want to stop our progress in getting past this pandemic. They just don’t want to see it happen under Biden. That’s out and out treason.

    • Holly, thanks. My wife just got her second and is feeling achy and tired. Glad you and your son got yours. As for the former president, once one starts out with a lie (this is a Democrat hoax and continues it), future lies come easier to try to mask the first one. To me, why he never grasped this opportunity to show real leadership is beyond me. This was his chance and he whiffed at the ball on the tee and more Americans died as a result. Keith

      • I don’t give Trump credit for anything but destruction and the unraveling of our democracy. If he gets back in office or of the former GOP continues to become Trumpism our country will face unthinkable chaos.

      • Holly, there is discussion the former president may get indicted by the NYAG. The question may be extradition from Florida. The Republicans have long ago decided to throw in with his lot, so they will have to suffer the slow sinking of the Titanic that Rep. Adam Kinzinger speaks of about the now trump party. Keith

  9. Note to Readers: My wife got her second dose and was achy and tired beginning the second day lasting about 36 hours. She is fine now and caught up on her reading. Keith

  10. Note to Readers: My youngest son just got his second vaccine on Saturday, so my family is full vaccinated now. Hurray. This is a load off my mind. Again, I encourage folks to get vaccinated for better protection. I cannot say this plainly enough – if someone is eschewing a vaccine because of what some politician or some talk show host says, please realize that is an opinion that should be discounted It truly is poor stewardship for any politician, even if he or she is an eye doctor, to not encourage people to get vaccinated. People could die and have died because of avoiding the vaccine. I am long past weary the flippancy of politicians using wedge issues to score points. Do you job and protect Americans, is my thesis.

  11. Note to Readers: I want to applaud someone I usually do not, but kudos to Republican Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama who uttered a needed a truth for Republicans and others who are vaccine resistant. In essence, she said it is time for us to start blaming the unvaccinated for what happens in our country. As conservative pundit David Brooks said on PBS Newshour on Friday, the naysaying and hoax calling of the virus by the former president from the outset, has made this a needless political debate. Now, he said, he thinks even the former president could not get dug-in non-believers to change their stance. It saddened me to read stories of people dying from COVID-19 asking for the vaccine – the response is I am sorry sir, it is too late.

  12. Note to Readers: There is a piece on Linked In by a Ph.D who in a banner says something like. I called Kevin McCarthy and asked him for advice for my blood pressure. The staff member responded that the Congressman is not a doctor and cannot give medical advice. The Ph.D responded then he should not be giving advice about vaccines either.

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