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Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:42 PM

Got my second shot!

Got my 2nd shot of Astrazeneca today.

Here in Ontario, Canada that was the first vaccine to become available to my age group.

And before anyone starts ranting about how great Pfizer/Moderna is (and yes they are great, and so is J&J) let me just say I'm extremely happy to be able to have my choice of the getting the same vaccine for both my 1st & 2nd doses - as recommended by the manufacturer & as proven effective by 80% of the population of the U.K. & counting.

The only side effect with my 2nd dose so far - a lack of Springsteen on Broadway...

Yep. I'm good with it.



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Reply Got my second shot! (Original post)
Hiawatha Pete Jun 18 OP
Aristus Jun 18 #1
Hiawatha Pete Jun 18 #5
at140 Jun 18 #2
Hiawatha Pete Jun 18 #6
SheltieLover Jun 18 #3
Hiawatha Pete Jun 18 #7
SheltieLover Jun 18 #9
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #15
marble falls Jun 18 #4
Hiawatha Pete Jun 18 #8
marble falls Jun 18 #10
WarGamer Jun 18 #11
Laffy Kat Jun 19 #14
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #17
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #16
WarGamer Jun 19 #29
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 19 #12
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #18
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 19 #20
Laffy Kat Jun 19 #13
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #19
LAS14 Jun 19 #21
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #22
LAS14 Jun 19 #23
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #24
Cinnamonspice Jun 19 #25
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #26
crickets Jun 19 #27
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #30
JustABozoOnThisBus Jun 19 #28
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #31
JesterCS Jun 19 #32
Hiawatha Pete Jun 19 #33
LetMyPeopleVote Jun 22 #34
Hiawatha Pete Jun 22 #35

Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:43 PM

1. That's great!

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:06 PM

5. Thanks Aristus!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:47 PM

2. Just take it easy on the day following the 2nd shot

you might feel tired or feel like a cold is coming on.
That is normal. It means vaccine is working and your body is responding by making anti-bodies.

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Response to at140 (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:09 PM

6. I hear you!

No kidding, that's exactly what happened to me after the 1st dose. I was floored the day after - but never been so happy to feel so sick. Like you said, my immune system working.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:48 PM

3. Congrats!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:10 PM

7. Thanks SheltieLover!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:22 PM

9. Yw!

I recall the relief & when I got my 2nd!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 08:10 AM

15. Congrats on getting your 2nd shot,

Vaxed to the max!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:52 PM

4. Take a deep breath with eyes closed ... feels like you had a load taken off your shoulders, right?

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Response to marble falls (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:12 PM

8. Thanks Marble Falls!

Ain't that the truth. A year and 3 months into the pandemic & finally fully vaccinated!

A huge load off my mind...

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:40 PM

10. I thought I was handling it pretty well, we were serious about self quarantining ...

... but I was almost giddy after getting the first jab. And the second made my shoulders lighter.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 11:57 PM

11. Congrats!

My second Moderna shot drop kicked me across the room...

No symptoms shot #1, maybe a sore arm for 48hrs, that's it.

Shot #2, noticed the arm hurt MUCH MORE within an hour of getting the shot. Hard to sleep on it that night. Slept very poorly, felt tightness in my shoulder into my chest. Had a cough... by mid morning a 101 fever... joint pain and my skin felt like I had a sunburn.

Took 2 Advil at noon, slept til 4, woke up nearly symptom free... arm pain was gone within 24 more hours. But for 8-12 hours I felt like I had the flu.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 01:26 AM

14. Same thing with Moderna and mine lasted for three days.

My second dose was almost six months ago. Those three days remain a blur. No regrets. I will welcome any other booster that comes out.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 08:15 AM

17. Awesome you were able to get vaccinated so soon!

Amen to welcoming future booster shots...

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 08:14 AM

16. Congrats on getting your 2nd shot!

Were you likewise never so happy to feel so sick? (proof that your immune system is responding to the vax).
My arm was super sore after the 1st. 2nd not so much. It's the morning after now, so we'll see if I end up floored like I did the day after my 1st.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #16)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 03:23 PM

29. It was OK because I knew it wouldn't last long.

All the first night I could feel my heart beating faster, around 90bpm in bed and feel heat on my skin... normally an uncomfortable feeling but I knew that deep inside my body was busy making antibodies and "rallying the troops" to kick VIRUS ASS.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 12:31 AM

12. Hooray!

I got my one and done J&J back at the end of March, lucky me. Zero side effects. But then, I'm an annoyingly healthy person who cruises through all kinds of things. I have an extremely strong immune system. Honestly, everyone should have my immune system. Half of all health care would be out of business.

I will add that the very many different responses to the various vaccines serves (in my opinion) to point out how varied different immune systems are.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 08:25 AM

18. I'm so envious

I would have loved to have the option of getting the J&J and not had to worry about getting a second shot.

The funny thing is Johnson & Johnson has been approved for use here in Canada but no pharmacies or public health units have it in stock. Wish our public health officials had gotten with the program on that one, the mix up at the Emergent plant in the US was a long time ago now and that one dose would have been especially good for remote communities that are hard to reach. Now with the tons of Pfizer & Moderna arriving, it looks like the J&J won't be rolled out here though it will remain an approved vaccine.

Regardless, glad you got your shot!




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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #18)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:45 AM

20. I'd have been happy with any of them.

It was nice to get the J&J.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 01:23 AM

13. YAY! I'm so glad for you.

That delta variant is scary.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #13)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 08:29 AM

19. It sure is - yikes!

That's why I signed up for & got my second dose the day I became eligible to receive it.

Thanks & best regard LaffyCat!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 10:50 AM

21. Glad it worked out for you. We listened to a story on a Canadian...

... new show last night (we were in Maine) about Astrazeneca and I couldn't make heads nor tales of what was going on.

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Response to LAS14 (Reply #21)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:39 AM

22. Neither can lots of Canadians...

Health Canada makes decisions on what vaccines are approved and another organization called NACI makes guidelines (which are not rules but only recommendations).

The actual vaccine rollout is being left to the Provinces -and our local politicians & public health officials are all over the map regarding eligibility:

-Here in Ontario, Astrazeneca was approved for people over 55.
-Then approved for over 40 (my age group).
-Then the (extremely rare) blood clot issue surfaced and the Ont govt did a knee jerk reaction and halted all Astrazeneca leaving those of us who already had a first dose hanging.
-They then announced that the second dose might be substituted with an mRNA vaccine.
-Then there was backlash from portions of the public as the studies on vaccine mixing are not complete, they only show that mixing is safe and MAY result in a strong immune response - but no clinical data yet.
-So the Ont gov't is now saying Astrazeneca patients have a choice of our second dose-Astrazeneca or mRNA.
-And now NACI (the National advisory committee on Vaccination) is recommending mixed doses (Astrazeneca followed by mRNA) based on the preliminary vax mix study results mentioned above.

It would not surprise me that mixing vaccines does turn out to be effective (and some people are choosing to do so as is their prerogative) - but IMHO based on what I read, the vax mixing studies NACI is quoting at this time are smaller sample sizes and not 100% complete yet though they appear promising.

Because I would rather stick with what has been tried and tested in the UK & elsewhere - and before the Ontario gov't changes the rules once again - I chose, booked & received an Astrazeneca second dose as soon as I became eligible (after 8 weeks from my 1st dose).

Sorry for the long post, but that's as condensed as I could make it.

As you can see our wonderful conservative govt here in Ontario has been nothing but forthright and timely in their communications with the public, allowing us to make informed stress-free decisions about our health, and not on-the-fly at all

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Reply #22)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:42 AM

23. Thanks so much! No wonder the news show was floundering. (Foundering?) nt

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Response to LAS14 (Reply #23)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:48 AM

24. If you're in Maine then the show you saw was probably in the Atlantic provinces

- New Brunswick or Nova Scotia.

So I guess 'Floundering" would be appropriate!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 11:50 AM

25. Congratulations.

I just want more people getting vaccinated. I wish there was a way to ease people's minds about it.

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Response to Cinnamonspice (Reply #25)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 12:09 PM

26. Thanks!

Couldn't agree more. Taking steps to combat the non-stop anti-vax propaganda on social media would be a good start. Like charging Farcebook a couple mil for every misleading post.
https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/germany-facebook-found-in-violation-of-anti-fake-news-law/

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 12:32 PM

27. Wonderful! So happy for you.

It's a big relief, isn't it? 🌻

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Response to crickets (Reply #27)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 03:39 PM

30. It sure is!

So glad I don't have to worry about getting my second shot anymore, not to mention now being protected against covid.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 12:45 PM

28. Congrats, and the brand doesn't matter.

Before I got scheduled for my shots, I would have paid for a chance at any brand, even Sputnik V. Anything that might prevent me from getting ventilated/intubated or even just hospitalized.

Such a relief to be vaccinated.

I don't think I've seen a "relief" reaction like this since the Salk vaccine came out.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #28)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 03:42 PM

31. Couldn't agree more!

Like you said, anything to prevent going to the ICU. So glad to be fully vaccinated.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 04:30 PM

32. Got my second today as well

Pfizer from Krogers clinic. Easy peasy

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Response to JesterCS (Reply #32)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 06:49 PM

33. Awesome!

Looks like the US is doing very well with their vaccine rollout.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 03:18 AM

34. Congrats

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #34)

Tue Jun 22, 2021, 10:06 AM

35. Thanks!

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