Covid immunisation

Who's had their Covid injection? (I hate the word "jab"!)

As I come into the over-70 category (just) I had my first vaccination on Friday -- the AstraZeneca vaccine -- and I've suffered a couple of days of flu-like symptoms. Paracetamol helps, but I haven't felt much like doing anything for the past couple of days. I think I'll be okay by tomorrow (fingers crossed)!



  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    I hear that the vaccine can cause mild symptoms so you are not alone, Dave.

    I haven't had mine yet but when my time comes I will.
  • Just TelJust Tel Posts: 519Member
    I had the Pfizer vaccine last Monday and also experienced mild flue type symptoms for a couple of days which Paracetamol sorted out. My wife who also had hers at the same time hasn't had any problems. She put my symptoms down to the fact that I was a man and that I hadn't given birth to children.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    Tel, I once heard it said that when a man gets engaged he should have his ear pierced so that he can appreciate two experiences to prepare him for married life - buying jewellery and having pain. Your wife probably doesn't need any further anecdotes as she seems quite capable by herself.
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 980Member
    I had pfizer two weeks ago, sore arm if I lifted is beyond horizontal for a couple of days, otherwise fine.
  • martinsmith99martinsmith99 Posts: 390Member
    I had the AZ jab last Monday morning.

    I felt a little bit light-headed for a couple of hours after, a little hot in the afternoon; still did a weights workout late afternoon and sweated a bit more than usual; went to bed and woke up an hour later freezing and shivering. When I got up in the morning I had a temperature of 38.5, but that came down within a couple of hours.

    In all, unpleasant but only lasted 24 hours. Covid (mild symptoms) stayed with me for a week.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    My wife is a teacher and so is further up the queue than I am. She had her first AZ jab about 3 weeks ago and had a similar reaction but without the weights workout.
  • Screaming DaveScreaming Dave Posts: 799Member
    I had the Oxford vaccine. A bit of tenderness where it went in for a few days, but no other symptoms
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    I read yesterday an article that explained why women tend to have worse mild symptoms than men. It comes down to the effect estrogen and testosterone have and that it works on the X chromasone, of which women have two and men have one.
  • martinsmith99martinsmith99 Posts: 390Member
    Perhaps I'm just a big girl then. :)

    I'm torn between having the 2nd dose and skipping it. Mild Covid for a week or bad side effects for a day.
  • Just TelJust Tel Posts: 519Member
    Second dose is a no brainer, the possibility of a day maybe feeling a little groggy as opposed to maybe contacting covid. I would have the jab every time. I have had my two doses and am very grateful, Incidentally no side effects after the second dose.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    edited May 2021
    I had my first dose on Saturday, Pfiser, and so far have had no side effects.

    A lady 4 years older than my wife died last week here in Slovakia after her 2nd Astra Zeneca dose so my wife says she will not go for her second Astra Zeneca dose, due on Sunday. Death is a serious side effect and I understand that she would rather not risk it. Sadly, health officials will not currently consent to having another brand as a 2nd dose.
  • DaveBassDaveBass Posts: 3,328Member
    My wife and I have had our second AstraZeneca vaccination. No reaction for me this time, but my wife had something similar to her first-time reaction.

    The issue of people dying after being vaccinated is a well known statistical effect. People die all the time, for a variety of reasons, so a few are bound to die soon after a vaccination. After X doesn't necessarily mean because of X; that's a logical error called the "post hoc fallacy".

    The thing to bear in mind is that even if there are a few deaths actually caused by the vaccination, the probability of dying from Covid is much higher -- even though it's still pretty low in the general population.

    Personally I'd much rather take the vaccination risk than the disease risk!
  • Just TelJust Tel Posts: 519Member
    I'm with you Dave.
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,730Member, Moderator
    Well, my wife went for the second dose on Sunday. Apart from feeling that she had no energy on Monday there were no other side effects, not even the couple of days of pain like had after the first dose.
  • Just TelJust Tel Posts: 519Member
    Good for her Lester. Glad that there were no serious side effects.
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