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Sat Mar 13, 2021, 09:07 AM

Just had my first COVID shot

My wife had hers a couple of weeks ago because she has (well-controlled) asthma. I'm in my early 60s, so it's evidently the turn of my age group round here (west of Scotland, near Glasgow). We've both been given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

In both cases, we received a phone call from a practice nurse a couple of days beforehand and fixed up a time slot. We were advised to check the practice's Facebook page before setting out in case there'd been a problem with the supply of the particular batch.

The village health centre car park was as full as I've ever seen it. Everything was well organized. I was booked in for 11.15 am and was out by 11.18. Like my recent flu vaccine, the shot itself was painless. They asked me to sit in my car for five minutes afterwards in case of any immediate reaction, and handed me a card explaining possible side-effects - soreness and redness around the injection site, a day or two's fever etc. My wife suffered no serious ill effects from her jag, just some residual soreness in her arm, so here's hoping.

I don't know how this experience compares to others elsewhere in the UK. I hope any of you, whether you have special need of the vaccine or not, have been able to access it with no delays or problems.

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Reply Just had my first COVID shot (Original post)
Emrys Mar 13 OP
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Emrys Mar 13 #3
LeftishBrit Mar 14 #4
Emrys Mar 15 #5
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Emrys Mar 17 #7

Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 09:28 AM

1. How cool

I got my text yesterday - first shot on Wednesday next week. I am younger than you but underlying health issues... in London

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 11:57 AM

2. Congratulations

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 03:53 PM

3. Well, our two-GP, two-nurse practice managed to vaccinate 340 people today!

That should make quite a dent in the national percentages if it's being mirrored elsewhere.

All our immediate neighbours seem to have had their first dose now. Hopefully the lower age groups - which include people in occupations that make their need greater than mine - will follow soon.

I did some moderately heavy work in the garden this afternoon, so I suspect the resulting aches will mask any side effects from the vaccine!

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sun Mar 14, 2021, 11:48 AM

4. Just got mine today

At our GP's surgery (they were open Sunday morning specifically for this purpose). All very well-organized.

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Mon Mar 15, 2021, 10:28 AM

5. My reactions to my shot so far, though these will vary from person to person:

On the evening after, I felt chilly and a bit wabbit, though I wasn't running a fever. That passed in a few hours after I put on an extra fleecy jacket, and I was fine the next morning.

The muscle where I got the injection is still a bit tender and sore on being pressed - comparable to lactic acid pain after over-exertion (I did do some moderately heavy garden work in the afternoon after my injection, but my other shoulder doesn't have the same problem).

Other than that, no issues to date.

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Response to Emrys (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 10:10 AM

6. I had slight fatigue and slept very late the following night/morning

Otherwise, no noticeable side effects

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 05:02 PM

7. Cool, I hope that continues.

My shoulder's nearly back to normal, and nothing else out of the ordinary's happened (tempting fate ...).

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