Are you fully vaccinated now? If so, congratulations to you! As you can see in the strange selfie up top, I received my second Moderna shot on April 1. Here are the side effects I encountered after jabs one and two:
March 4: First vaccination. The only note-worthy side effect was the GREAT BIG smile behind my mask. Oh, and my arm was a little sore at the injection site the next day. No big deal.
April 1: Second vaccination. I received this jab at 10AM. The only immediate side effect was a sense of joy. Also, I had a wicked craving for FRIED CHICKEN. The next day morning brought a different story: I felt that I’d been mowed over by an 18 wheeler! Chills. Headache. And my upper arm was extremely sore at the injection site. I popped three Tylenol and took to my fainting couch. Six hours later, all my symptoms were gone — even my sore arm. Amazing.
In truth, I had hoped for at least some kind of reaction to the second shot. Otherwise, I might have imagined — for no good reason at all — that the vaccine hadn’t worked!
And here’s another side effect from the second jab: On April 15, Fox and I will be able to entertain small groups of fully-vaxxed friends here at Clover Hill. It’s been more than a year since we’ve had any dinner guests in the house.
And what about you? If you’ve been vaccinated, let me know how your body reacted. Also, let me know if you are currently feeling a sense of optimism!
xKevin, who will continue to wear a mask in public/practice social distancing/avoid crowds.
Update: I’m reading ALL of the comments below this post. Glad to know that so many of you are fully vaxxed!
My family got the Pfizer vaccine. No side effects for anyone, aside from a slight sore arm at the site. My husband has Crohn’s disease and their were no side effects for him, either. Yeah!
No problems with the first, but I had “covid arm” with the second Moderna jab. Red and itchy for about 2 weeks, but so worth it! My husband woke up with chills, but was fine the next morning.
Darla Metro says
So happy to hear you’ve received both of your vaccinations.
After my first one (Moderna) my arm was very sore for about seven days but other than that I was fine. I was anticipating that the second one might be worse but I had no effects at all that I could attribute to the shot. My arm wasn’t even sore. I was tired for a few days but that could have been from anything.
Like you, I felt euphoric and optimistic for the future. That got slightly deflated when I heard that the number of cases in many states was going up. I’m still hopeful that by the end of summer at least, things will be better.
With so many allergic reactions to all kinds of stuff……meds, environment and food I opted for the J&J one shot. only reaction was extreme tiredness for about 10 hours the next day…….as of yesterday it has been 4 weeks and nothing but excitement as we are going to go to VA to see grandson’s new house and a little sand sitting wave listening and soaking up some sun. We haven’t been able to see him since Dec ’19 as he was deployed on the IKE for 206 days
Suzanne Drinkard says
Thank you for sharing your vaccinations. We need to lick this pandemic!
Your Fauci- ouchi fan,
Cathie Wagner says
I will receive 2nd shot on 4/24. My husband has been fully immunized since late Feb. When only one in a couple is immunized nothing can change (related to socializing) until the other one catches up. So we both are eager for 5/5 ….the date of my post vaccine 2 week “immune response extravaganza “ to arrive.
Congratulations to you and Mr Fox
For being able to enjoy gathering with your friends in your lovely home.
Happy Healthy Spring!
Did y’all know that our girl Dolly Parton gave $1 million dollars to the development of the Moderna vaccine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN? So, your hankering for fried chicken might result in wanting to sing “Jolene” . Our Dolly is an amazing person and I’m proud she’s from Tennessee too❤️
Nothing with first shot of Phizer. Headache so bad my teeth hurt and exhaustion for about a day. All worth it to feel safe.
Barb Johnson says
You beat me by one day, Kevin. I got my second Moderna shot on April 2. Sore arm and a little nauseous with the first shot. With the second shot on Friday, I felt tired, sore arm and a little nauseous for a few hours later that day, but woke up fine yesterday. My arm is still a little sore, but should be fine by tomorrow. Numbers of daily new cases in Michigan are over 8,000. We need to get lots more shots in arms. I can’t wait until summer when we might get back to some kind of normalcy! Stay well and safe, everyone!
I got my second shot on April 2nd. The following day I was a wreck. Chills, pain, fatigue. Today is day two after the shot and I’m still not 100%, but feeling better (and lucky!). Happy Easter !
Congratulations! I had your symptons after the first shot- Small price to pay for the peace of mind we now enjoy-
It is my understanding that reactions indicate a strong immune system.
I continue to be cautious and wear a mak in public, but I am looking forward to a Happy Summer out with friends who have all been vaccinated! Yeah! Science-Everyone Be Well!
Jody Hibbs says
Received my second Pfizer shot yesterday, April 3, and so far, 24 hours later, sore spot at injection site, but otherwise, no problem!
Hubby got 2nd Moderna shot on April 1, and the next day, felt like a truck had run him over, but better yesterday! Yay! Two weeks and I can go visit my fully vaccinated elderly Dad for the first time since October of 2019!!
I got my first Moderna dose on Thursday. I had a sore arm and a day of fatigue. Optimism doesn’t even cover it. I got this overwhelming sense of how miraculous the process has been. What a tremendous accomplishment for science. I’m looking forward to my 2nd dose at the end of the month. 2 other family members will be fully vaccinated in April. My 18 year old son isn’t eligible in our state yet, and my 13 year old is too young. I’m hoping pfizer gets authorized for younger teens, and all of us will be fully vaxed by the beginning of the next school year.
Moderna. Headache near right eye, chills and knock down fatigue after both shots. All done now!
Betty in Arlington says
Congratulations, Kevin on being fully vaccinated! Both my Pfizer jabs left me in bed three days, felt like I had Covid again! But, watch too much Tylenol! My Doc said 2 Tylenol 3/ day for 48 hours! Don’t drink with Tylenol, it ruins your liver. Keep masked up!
Patt Reid says
No problem either time, except for a briefly sore arm. Yayyyy
I got mine in January (work for a medical group), but it took until April 1 for my husband to get his first one. Grrrr, he’s an old guy and we’ve been waiting patiently for real life to begin again.
Mid-May, we can begin to visit family, and hug our great-grands!!
My husband and I are each fully vaccinated and have been since January. He is a surgeon and got the Pfizer. No reaction either time beyond being aware of the injection site. I work within the medical sphere. I got the Moderna. No reaction either time beyond being aware of the injection site.
I elected to be part of the CDC’s V-Safe data accumulation site. The information about it was handed to me at the time of my first shot. Seemed like a good way to aid the community. That meant they sent me a text daily for weeks after the shot to inquire if I felt well, had any ‘after shot’ or general malaise symptoms. After six weeks the text frequency went to once a week for a few more weeks. Understand they are trying to get feedback from 20 million. I thought my responses would help. Happy to do it.
A word of advice to everyone: Keep your shot record card safe and secure. Even laminated? We did, as well as putting a photo of it on our phones.
I received my first Moderna jab on March 2nd. I had a slightly sore arm the following day, but nothing I’d complain about. (Note, my boyfriend had both Moderna jabs before I did, and he only experienced a headache and fatigue for 12 hours after the second jab. He took a Tylenol and that took care of the problems.)
Anyway, for me, the second jab was a different story. I got it on March 30th around 1 pm. I thought to myself, “Well, that was easy.” I felt fine until I went to bed. At about 1 or 2 am I woke up with muscle aches, chills, probably a fever, and I couldn’t get warm despite three heavy blankets and very warm p.j.’s. I took a Tylenol, and I called one of my dogs to snuggle with me for warmth. She obliged. (After so many homemade peanut butter dog biscuits, she owed me.)
Next day, I felt like I had the flu. However, the following day, I was back to my old self.
I wish I had the vaccine. 🙁 I recently contracted Covid, probably through my husband going to work since I’ve been nearly completely isolated. Thankfully, I’m on the other side of recovery but it’s taken 3+ weeks, but that is lucky compared to others. I admit it’s been hard to see all my friends’ social media posts about getting their vaccines, even though I’m glad they will be spared and that it’s a step closer to ending this. It’s just emotionally hard for me. Of COURSE, I got notification this past week of available appointments from my job (they had originally said it would be available in February but supplies were not available) and my state recently opened my “level” for eligibility. I’m like, this couldn’t have happened a month or more ago?! Thanks for “listening.” This is good therapy!
Well, I’m here to say to others, do not fear the effects—even the worst I’ve heard about are nowhere near even my mild to moderate case of the illness. I had a week straight of daily fevers and chills along with cough and low oxygen levels. The latter persisted another week along with extreme fatigue the whole time. This last week, I was still needing lots of rest and had a cough. So, folks, even a few days of mild symptoms is worth it! Trust me!
Anyway, I’m so glad you have your jabs!
Jean S Wood says
Got #1 of Moderna with no ill effects at all. The 2nd shot left a very sore arm for a few days. I was able to carry on with my usual routine. I have had worse reactions from the flu shots.
Horray for science!❤️
Cynthia Hill says
Hi Kevin, Happy Easter morning from Boston area!
We had our 2nd Moderna shots on 13th of March.. Husband had a sore arm but the Mack truck hit me 11 hours later. Everything hurt for about 12 hours, it hurt too much to sleep… much decreased pain next day – no fever- just a dull headache that still pops up occasionally! Feel like Wonder Woman and want to hug everyone! I’m not hugging anyone yet, but will happen soon
Take good care, and I want kat pix please! Thought cat was Blinky? Now Tiger????
I had an extremely sore arm after my first Pfizer shot…started about 12 hours after the shot and lasted about 24 hours. Second shot was a week ago last Friday and had a screaming headache for about a day and a half. Can’t wait to be able to go see my daughter in NC later this month!
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
My husband and I had (luckily) a mild case of Covid in December so I wasn’t prepared for the first shot having an effect. But it had side effects like your second shot. We have 1 week till our second shot Our only side effects from Covid was exhaustion. Doing small things then feeling wiped out. Glad you got the vaccine
Got my second shot at noon yesterday. Even though it was lunch time, no hankering for fried chicken. The first shot caused soreness around the injection site. No big deal because that happens with any shot. After the second, I woke up at 4 a.m. with the worst chills I’ve ever had. It was amazing that in taking acetaminophen I didn’t shake the water out of the glass while trying to wash the pills down.
Cherylann McGuire says
I get my second Moderna shot tomorrow morning!!!
Nancy W says
Happy Easter Kevin! I just qualified for my first vaccination here in Oregon and I got up early this morning and managed to get an appointment for my first vaccination on Friday! I too lok forward to entertaining again!
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Christine – Wishing you a full recovery from Covid. xKevin
Viciki S says
David and I got our second Moderna vaccines three weeks ago today, and feel an immense sense of relief at being fully-vaccinated! He had no side effects at all (besides a slightly sore arm), but I ended up in bed for two days feeling, as you said, like an 18-wheeler had run over me, then backed up over me again. But then I was fine! Miracles of modern medicine…
June Pickering says
I’m an American who lives in England. I had my first, ‘jab,’ (we have jabs here, not violent shots) on January 21. I was absolutely fine for 10 days (Astra Zeneca) and then my arm got very red and swollen. It itched for weeks, which the doctor said was a good thing. We get our second doses 12 weeks later so more of the population can get vaccinated. It’s worked beautifully here with about half the population now have at least the first dose. I get my second on April 21, one day before I will be 80! How did I get so old so fast?
Happy you are fully vaccinated – enjoy those guests!
Happy Easter, Kevin!
Richard and I got our first Pfizer shots at the end of December, and the second one in January. He had no reaction to either one except for a sore arm. I, on the other hand, was poleaxed for a day after the second shot, but I didn’t mind because we felt so relieved. That feeling of relief brought into sharp focus how worried/concerned/fearful we felt before we got the vaccine, albeit mostly on a subconscious level.
We are still concerned for Richard’s family in the UK, where they still have big problems with the virus and are largely on partial lockdown. His 99-year-old mother is in a nursing home; they had a covid breakout and she was vaccinated, but tested positive afterward. Fortunately she was asymptomatic and got over it quickly, bless her.
Here in Florida anyone sixteen and over can get the shot, and yet the cases are rising again because our governor won’t put in place mandates that would help lower the risk.
Hope you have a lovely day and enjoy the glow of feeling safe.
Hi Kevin, I’ve followed you online for years. Love your recipes! My 81 yr old sister and I have had both vaccines. She had absolutely no side effects, not even a sore arm. My first one was fine, but for the 2nd one I woke up in the middle of the night with teeth chattering chills that wouldn’t stop. After that it was a dull headache, muscle aches, fever, tired and sleeping most of the day. The day after I felt like a truck ran over me, but was able to function. I’m 70 and heard that older people don’t get as much side effects because their immune system doesn’t work very good. Apparently mine is working fine! Be safe and get vaccinated, so we can all get back to normal! Happy Easter everyone!
Congratulations, Kevin. I received my 2nd Moderna vaccine on April 2nd. The sore arm is more pronounced this time (even with a tiny bruise at the shot site) but already much better. Haha, my craving for fried chicken came with my first injection 😀
I join all of you, in optimism for better days XXX
I obtained vaccines for 6 adult members of my family. We have a small local pharmacy nearby that I was able to get my husband booked. I was thrilled when they contacted me for an appointment for my first shot, only to receive not one, but two, cancellations to due to absolutely zero vaccines were sent to them. In our area there appeared to be a vaccine desert! So, I booked my vaccine 150 miles away, and just last week drove back for shot #2. My first shot was nothing, but the second one gave me side effects that started about 10 hours after receiving the shot. I slept all that night, which is unusual for me, and I took two 2-hour naps the following day, went to sleep that night at 8:00 and slept until the following morning. I felt like a limp dishrag and very tired. After that I was back to my normal self. It was a small price to pay for the feeling that at least we are more protected from the Covid threat. I still wear 2 masks when going out, as does my husband. Happy Easter to you Kevin and to Mr. Fox, thanks for all your upbeat posts.
I’m new to your blog — found it while searching for lovely raised bed gardens — and am going to enjoy going through each and every post!
My husband and I are both educators, so we got our vaccines in Feb/March. No major side effects for either of us. Just low grade fever, a bit achy, and super tired for a few hours. Totally worth it. Daughter (age 16) is due to get her 2nd shot tomorrow.
My first shot of Moderna just a sore arm. The second was different. I felt like a truck drove over me. Sore arm, redness and a bruise. Not to mention a fever and chills. Felt a little better the third day. I am glad to be finished. Take care and Happy Easter
Ellie B says
We’ve had our vaccines. Hubby got Pfizer and had no reactions other than a little sore arm. I had that with both my Moderna shots but no side effects with the first. After the second shot, I had mild chills, very cold, and was very sleepy and slept for 12 hours. The next day I felt very tired and a bit flu-like. The following day I still wasn’t myself but then it was over. That was a week ago! I did have covid (a 4-week incident a year ago) but we thought it was bronchitis. I lost sense of taste and smell which doctors say is the tell-all that you’ve had it. Being the first couple of weeks of Covid we were able to run it out. Get your vaccines! I agree that any side effect is nothing compared to the possibility of losing your life!
Glad to see most haven’t had much reaction. I haven’t been so lucky with my Moderna shots. 10 days of headaches after the first one. That was the easy one. The second one came with fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and joint aches for 36 hours. Then just exhausted and a little weak for 2 days. Headaches for 2 days and then a rash. Not the Moderna arm rash but a full body poison ivy-like rash that is now on day 6. Fortunately, had a previously scheduled dermatologist appointment the second day of the rash–doc said this is a known side effect and is being tracked by Mass General Hospital researchers. And, oh, she thinks I’ll get Moderna arm on day 14.
But a means to an end! I actually hugged my parents for the first time in over a year. I’ll take the side effects. Happy Easter everyone!
I had a very mild case of COVID last year, so when I got my first Pfizer shot I think it was like a second shot. My arm hurt that evening & then the next evening I got the hot/cold symptoms, feeling fatigued & nauseated. Then I got the COVID headache. All of it continued on & off, tapering down, for about 2 weeks. Got my 2nd shot and had a much milder version of the first experience. I did experience a bit of an autoimmune flare-up with worsening arthritis & asthma after each shot. But, i’ve always had a sensitive immune system & tend to get sick from the flu shot too. Regardless, all of the above was a minor inconvenience & i’m thrilled to be fully vaccinated! The sense of joy & optimism at the shot sites was totally palpable!
My husband and I were able to get the Pfizer vaccines. Only reaction to the first was soreness at the injection cite. For the second, we both got a mild low grade headache the day after but nothing that couldn’t be relieved with an ibuprofen, three ginger snap cookies, and a cup of hot tea!
Being fully on board with the vaccines I am now a volunteer at the Health Dept helping get the shots into arms. They’re always looking for help in different positions (not just as vaccinators). Just trying to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
My husband and I got the Pfizer vaccine. No effects for #1. For #2, nothing for the first day, but on the second day, we both experienced chill – not shaking chills, we just took turns turning up the furnace temp and adding layers of fleece. That evening we were OK.
So now we head out to the Midwest for our first airline trip in a year, to visit my Mom in assisted living, who also is immunized and her facility has opened up for visitation last week after a 1-year isolation. It’s time !! We told Mom that if she got the vaccine, it would be her ticket to “busting out”. We are going to help her do it !! We will have a few small family parties with other relatives that are fully vaccinated.
My only problem with the second Pfizer shot was my arm was very sore throughout the night, next day by noon soreness all gone. I wish you and Fox a wonderful Easter.
We received the Pfizer vaccine here in CT. Absolutely no reaction ; either time!! But it sure is uplifting & hopeful to be fully vaccinated !! We too are hoping this will allow for gatherings with vaccinated folks- still keeping things small!! But somewhat getting back to a norm?!! A mask will continue to be a fashion accessory in public && my purse has hand sanitizer as well as hand lotion now going forward!! It’s the way of the world ! Roll with it! With all this said – I’ll continue to enjoy your tasty sharings and sense of humor!
You’re inspiring and a joy ! I get so excited when I see your post in my INBOX!
Geri Bailey says
We had Moderna with side effects both times. Mild the first time and very flu-like the second time. This is great as it signals a strong immune response! Bittersweet applauding your response – sorry for the yucky feeling but awesome on the response!
Mary in Iowa says
Had my first Pfizer shot on Feb. 22, and the only after effect was a sore right arm. Nine days earlier I had broken my left arm/shoulder, so I just joked that the sore injection site was the kid brother trying to steal a little thunder from big brother left arm. Second dose was on the evening of March 15–the ominous “Ides of March” date that ended the career of good old Julius Caesar. The next day I could barely keep my eyes open, and fought them all day long. Just utter, unbelievable fatigue and that was it. Can’t wait for all the population to be vaccinated so we can get back to socializing, shopping, theatre-going, etc. without having to weight the consequences.
I’ve been shot twice without any serious side effects. Many thanks to everyone who has been taking this pandemic seriously and following recommendations. Best wishes to both of you.
My husband and I both received the Moderna vaccine. Sore arm with vivid red circle at injection site for three days for me and no reaction for him with first shot. Received second vaccine on April 1st in the mid morning. Again, my husband had no reaction. I developed a headache in the afternoon. I actually woke him up at midnight with my whimpering due to horrific headache, then developed chills, fever, fatigue. Felt human again 36 hours later. However, all worth the sense of relief knowing that we are 94% protected! Please, all readers, continue to wear your masks! The vaccine doesn’t protect completely against the virus; it basically guarantees that if you get COVID it won’t be a serious case. You would still be contagious to others (especially to the grandkids we’re craving to hug!)
I received my J & J shot yesterday. No reaction all day till last night, had the chills for a few hours. Dressed in warm jammy bottoms and a thermal top, extra blanket… went to bed only to wake up three hours later kicking off the blankets and getting up to change out of the thermal top. Today I’m feeling fine. Woke up this morning with a tiny bit of soreness under my shot arm in my Lymph nodes, which tells me my body is doing what it’s suppose to be doing. No other reactions. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter.
My husband and I are fully vaccinated. We received the pfizer vac. Neither of us had any side effects except the great relief of having received the inoculations. In our area the vaccine sites are very well organized. Planning on eating at a restaurant as soon as it’s warm enough to sit outside….probably this week!
Mary V says
As of March 26 husband and I fully vaccinated. No side effects either time, the rumor is that “ older people “don’t react as badly. My RN SIL thinks maybe some have had Covid in a mild form and never knew it sometime. Glad you can have a small get together. We are hoping for a late summer baby shower for eight grand. Hoping all
Will be vaccinated by then.
Mary V says
As of March 26 husband and I fully vaccinated. No side effects either time, the rumor is that “ older people “don’t react as badly. My RN SIL thinks maybe some have had Covid in a mild form and never knew it sometime. Glad you can have a small get together. We are hoping for a late summer baby shower for eight grand. Hoping all
Will be vaccinated by then, until then still masking
Had some minor soreness for both shots which was March 2nd for 2nd one – Pfizer. Am hiking with group of 8 that have all been vaccinated – am not gathering with grandchildren as they are playing team sports and go to school every day – not taking that risk – especially as the news report that the younger ages are becoming ill in greater numbers now. Sigh….. Happy Easter everyone.
BETTI F says
Hi Kevin, Happy Easter.
I had covid last April with 17 days in hospital. So was happy to get the Pfizer vaccine. First one very mild headache, 99.5 fever and tired. Second one head felt like block of cement, same fever and exhausted. Well worth it to not get covid again. Side effects only lasted one day and then over.
God bless everyone.
Linda lloyd says
Getting ready to leave for my son’s home to see him and his family! Both my husband avid I are vaccinated and Ny son and his wife and my oldest granddaughter are vaccinated! So excited! It’s been a year! Hallelujah! As for side effects, minimal with Moderna ! Congratulations to you too fir doing your part !
Hubby and I have completed our second shots ( yay!) of the Pfizer. Hubby had a bit of a sore arm with the first and other than that, no side effects. I have an autoimmune illness and hadaches and fatigue with both shots, more so in the first, but we are both relieved to know we have been immunized. My doctor said once we are one month out from the last one, we can feel free to pile into our RV and go visit our son and family who we haven’t seen in sixteen months. He agreed it was a very safe way to travel.
Merry Sheils says
Greetings from Palm Beach! First jab was easy. I woke up after the second one with a sore arm, headache, chills, exhaustion. I read that lifting weights would make the sore arm go away, so I did that. After a few hours, I hopped on my bike and rode several miles. Feeling thrilled that more than 100,000 Americans have been vaccinated. Hope we can toss our masks soon. Stay safe, and have a wonderful dinner party (ies).
Kathie Tinucci says
Received the Johnson and Johnson shot on 3/31! The following day woke with some injection site pain and lacked energy for a good part of the day. Took a few Tylenol and felt good as new a few hours later. Looking forward to getting to hold my grandson again!
Hubby and I got both doses of Moderna. First one Feb 1, second one Mar 1. My arm was quite sore with the first one. He had no reaction at all. Still had a sore arm with the second one but it wasn’t as sore. Bit of a headache later in the evening so took Tylenol. I feel fortunate that my whole family has been vaccinated now. Most got Pfizer, some got Moderna, one got J&J. Looking forward to traveling to Atlanta to visit our grandchildren next month!
Kathy Z says
Kevin We got the Moderna vaccine on the exact same days. Really sore arm for 3 days after 1st and after 2nd fever, chills, full body aches and fatigue. Much better today. So grateful to be able to get the vaccine but still being cautious and wearing a mask. Going to daughter’s in VA at end of month. Thank you for the GF recipes. Has Mr. Fox tried Canyon Bakehouse Ancient Grain GF bread. Sooo good! You can buy it at Wal-Mart at a great price. Blessings!
Susan Eastman says
Had my second Pfizer end of February. First shot was nothing. Second resulted in fatigue second day. Such relief! We are now having safe dinner parties with double-vaxxed family and friends.! Love your blog, Kevin! You’re awesome!
Cookbook Collector says
The nurse giving me my 2nd Pfizer shot said to make sure and get fully HYDRATED.
I know dehydrated can cause headaches and fatigue and maybe that is why nurses are recommending getting hydrated.
It was midday and we went back home and drank glasses and glasses of fluids for the rest of the day, all evening, and the next day. My husband only had ~10 minutes of chills in the middle of the night and I had no reactions except with all that hydrating, I had to get up in the middle of the night for a trip to bathroom.
Like with any shot, sometimes it has more to do with who is giving the shot than the actual shot. Some are more skilled at it than others and it makes a big difference afterwards at the shot site.
Most of my immediate group of friends are in healthcare. They got the Pfizer. Because my State did not open up the vaccine to my age group unless you had underlying health issues or were in the essential worker category, it was early March before I qualified. I was supposed to get the Pfizer but all they had that day was Moderna which I did not want. So 5 days later I drove to a neighboring town and got the Johnson and Johnson one and done. I barely felt the shot and had zero side effects. I do feel more hopeful, knowing that everyone in my circle has now been fully vaccinated. At the end of the month a childhood friend whom I’ve not seen for over a year and that is such a joy! I’ve spent the last year cooking up a storm to share with my neighbors who went back to work. It feels like Spring in so many ways!
The “off the shoulder” look really works for you!! No side effects here. Glad you’ll be throwing down those dinner parties soon! How about oven meal menu for easy preprep. Nothing worse than the guests drinking all the good liquor while host is slaving in kitchen
Most of my immediate group of friends are in healthcare. They got the Pfizer. Because my State did not open up the vaccine to my age group unless you had underlying health issues or were in the essential worker category, it was early March before I qualified. I was supposed to get the Pfizer but all they had that day was Moderna which I did not want. So 5 days later I drove to a neighboring town and got the Johnson and Johnson one and done. I barely felt the shot and had zero side effects. I do feel more hopeful, knowing that everyone in my circle has now been fully vaccinated. At the end of the month a childhood friend whom I’ve not seen for over a year and a half is coming to visit and that is such a joy! I’ve spent the last year cooking up a storm to share with my neighbors who went back to work. It feels like Spring in so many ways!
I am in the oh-so-lucky 1% who got the Moderna rash after each shot. First time on March 1, I got an ENORMOUS Bruise, then 12 days later the rash appeared below the bruise that was still there and lasted 25 days! Drove me out of my mind with itching! Second shot on March 29 – day after, arm was very sore, low grade fever of 100, but rash appeared day after shot this time, much larger, redder and ITCHY!!! I, too, felt like I was run over by a truck, couldn’t find a place for myself, no headache but weird head. How long until we have to get a booster?!? I am definitely allergic and so NOT looking forward to that!
Beverly, zone 6, eastern PA says
First dose of Moderna caused a slightly sore arm. Second dose coming soon. I was advised to stay hydrated and use my arm, which I did. Husband’s second dose caused him to lose a day to feeling achey and unwell, disappeared the second day. He is famous for not being hydrated enough! I have made my long awaited hair appointment for 2 weeks after my second shot. Greatly anticipating doing something semi-normal.
Good morning from Northern California! I had two doses of Pfizer, one in February and second in March. Injections were totally painless and had only a slightly sore arm following both shots. I am 82 and very, very grateful! I will continue to mask when out in public, but now I can see my children and grandchildren mask free.
Charlotte D DiPaola says
My husband and I were fully vaccinated (Pfizer) several weeks ago. Sore arm, slight headache and fatigue. However, we continue to wear our masks everywhere and socially distance, and I urge you to take the same precautions when you have company. Though there is only a 10% risk of contracting the disease, you can still be a spreader. We’re not out of the woods yet so stay outdoors when you entertain. It falls to all of us to be careful until this thing is beat. Happy Easter.
Gerianne Imdieke says
At all sore got our 2nd moderna vaccine on April 2nd. I had a slightly sore arm after the 1st one my husand had a very sore arm for 2-3 days. The 2nd round, my arm isn’t at all sore, can feel it f I poke at it. I felt more achy but have arthritis so a bit more achy than usual. I had a slight headache on the 2nd day. My husband slept a lot on the day of & the next day. He had a 101 fever. He took 2 extra strength tylenol & felt great after sleeping some more.
Gina Bruehl says
Greetings from the foothills of the Northern Sierra in California! I had the exact same reaction you did when I received my Moderna vaccine… no side effects from the first… chills and fever and aches the day after the second shot. Then, the following day I was back to my cheery self! YAY! So very excited to be vaccinated… and to get back to some sense of normalcy. I’m even going to venture out to Arizona mid April for a wedding! (close fam and friends…) So excited! Love you Kevin!!!!!
(P.S. My husband had no adverse side effects… go figure.)
I’ve received both Moderna shots. I had Covid in December so I was within my 90 days when I received the first shot. The reaction I had was worse than having Covid but it didn’t last as long. I’m pretty certain the reason I had such a reaction was because I still had the antibodies. I wish I would have been better informed.
Lynne van der Have says
Thank you so much for all your comments. My husband and I live on Vancouver Island and we are both due to receive our first jabs on April 14th. Due to supply issues, the roll out has been slow to arrive for many Canadians. However the most vulnerable have been vaccinated, thank goodness. Because I don’t know too many people who have been vaccinated, your feedback on what to expect has been very helpful. Sending love to you all.
Got first Moderna 2/16 and second 3/16. Sore arm for the first. Lasted maybe 3 days. Kinda like a tetanus shot soreness. With the second shot the arm was a bit more sore and I developed a large patchy rash there. Had a slight headache. All discomfort went away after a dose of tylanol, but the rash lasted a good 5 days.
Diane W. says
Hi Kevin! Thank you for getting vaccinated and being part of the solution! I got my second shot a day before you did, and I did have a reaction to it, also: A giant headache, chills, and general blah feeling. I slept most of the day after, which is good, because I cannot take pain killer meds. by the third day after, I was actually hungry and ate normally. What I experienced was much better than getting the virus. I hope you and Mr. Fox stay safe and well.
Maureen Boyle says
I had Moderna and my reaction was just like yours. The first nothing and the second feverish and achy for a few hours overnight but ibuprofen took care of that pretty quickly. I too would have been wondering if it worked if I had no reaction so I’m pleased with it all now.
I have a couple acquaintances who tested positive with COVID within a couple days of receiving their second shot. They were asymptomatic but got the test because they had been exposed, so it’s important to stay masked up and social distanced for the recommended 7-14 days after.
Cornelia Vick says
My first Moderna shot was perfect…….No symptoms at all. The second shot 3 weeks later was a little different. Was not sick or sore, but I had a mild headache for about 5 days. It did not stop me from normal, but I kept thinking I was going down with something but I never did. Am so thankful
am ready to go out to dinner and also have people over. The shops and reactions are over.
What a year !!!!!! Hope this one will be better……. Happy Easter !!!!!
I also had 2 injections of Moderna. The next day the side effects started. Headache for 3 days. Chills and fever for 3 days. Aches and pains for 4 days. I read a post by a nurse/ friend prior to the 2nd shot. It was an article meant for the medical community. Basically it said that these were the side effects to expect. It explained that the first shot was sort of a wakeup call to the body, and really it did produce some antibodies, but the second shot was like “ok, get with it, make the antibodies and produce immunity”. That made the 4 days easier to live with.
Getting 2nd Moderna next Saturday. Working that day so glad side effects don’t start till Sunday–a day of rest! (We’ve been warned!) Looking forward to enjoying life again soon without fear of the mask police!
Sadly, those of us that CANNOT take ANY of the vaccines are treated like we were a disease. I’m tired of people asking me “have you had your shot”? Quite frankly, it’s personal health info. It’s not for everyone, just like the flu or any other vaccine is not for everyone. Please, just because we can’t take the shot, don’t treat us like the plague!!!! My very best to everyone!
I received my second shot of Moderna today. The first shot made me very itchy but I took a Claritin and was ok the next day but my joints ached for days ( and I don’t me the happy kind)
It’s only been 4 hours since my second shot but just have a headache.
Enjoy your guests and dinner party. It’s been a long time coming!
My second Moderna shot was the one I experienced side effects with as well. I had a sore and swollen injection site and felt like I was having hot flashes 24 hours after the jab. I then had a headache off and one for a week. It’s way better than getting CoVID so I’d definitely take the shot again if needed.
Kathy Day says
Relief, joy, safe! When I read your description of #1 and #2, I almost would think I’d written itmyself! Exactly the same side effects on the exact same timeline.
We were able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our 2 closest friends who were also 2 weeks past vax, sans masks, inside their home around a dinner table for the first time in over a year! Rejoicing and plenty of wine & Irish coffees to warm ourselves!
But as with you, we will still mask up when in public spaces, no large group gatherings and no inside restaurant dining. Too many variants still out there and just not worth taking a chance. When I hear people say, oh, if I catch it, I’ll get over it, my inside reaction is “I don’t want ANY part of it, mild or otherwise, thank you very much!”
I had to fly last month due to a family emergency-even though I had not yet been vaccinated. A day after my reservation was made I became eligible and was able to get an appointment for 10 days before my flight. I was so relieved I cried— partial protection is a big improvement over no protection!. Only a slight sore arm from first shot. But the night after the second shot it felt like a mule had kicked me in the arm. No other symptoms and 3 days post-shot no more arm pain. I even pre-made my ultimate comfort food -French onion soup-to tide me through the chills and fever that never came! Still taking all precautions. I’m very glad you and yours are vaccinated, Kevin!
Had first Moderna shot on Feb 15th. So thankful! Best Valentine’s present ever! Tired, sore arm and rash. Rash lasted a week. Two weeks later, I got the rash back! Apparently 0.8% of us do! March 15th, got my second shot. Arm kept getting more sore during that day. Took some Tylenol and went to bed that night. Woke up the next morning and oh, boy! Fever, sore arm, weird metallic taste in my mouth, felt like a truck ran over me. I truly thought I had come down with COVID. Ran a fever for 5 days. Arm was sore but never developed the rash again. Next day, however, even with the fever, I felt great! Tiredness was gone. Weird taste was gone. Soreness was gone. Just a fever.
So, so thankful to have this vaccine. So many people I know have died from this, including one of the MD’s I worked with. Just a week short of getting his shot, he got COVID and was dead within a week. He double masked, took all the precautions, etc. He was so careful and he still got it.
Do I still take precautions? You BET!!! I will continue to do so! I know the awfulness of this disease and I don’t want it (especially if my reaction to the second shot was anything like the disease—it is awful!!!).
Just FYI you weren’t supposed to take any
Pain medication as it reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine .I’m sure it’s fine but just a heads up for other peeps .
I got my first Moderna shot with just a sore arm and not looking forward to my second shot in three weeks gulp!
Hello all! We live in New Zealand and have not had our shots yet. I believe we are in the next lot in May as priority has been given to border workers and family , hotel quarantine staff and medical. It is so good to read all your comments. Thank you. As you probably know we are relatively safe here with no community cases but it can change with a heartbeat. My prayers are with you all so that you can soon start living an almost normal life again with your families and loved ones. Kevin, have a wonderful reunion with Mr Fox and your friends on April 15 ! Well done all.
I got covid arm after my
First vaccine…lasted two weeks snd still a little pink. Getting my second on April 9th. Both our daughters and sin in laws will be fully vaccinated by the end of April..like us. Then we can meet our newest grandson!
Mary Ellen says
Glad to hear you both received your Moderna shots and are now ready to engage in some socialism. My wife and I both had the Moderna shots and just had some arm soreness the following day. It will be so very nice to finally start seeing some of our friends in person again. There IS hope !
Mary Ellen says
Hahahahahah !!!! Just read my comment…..I meant socialization !!!
Fully vaccinated with Pfizer as of 3/24. No side effects from the 1st shot. I was *really* tired and had a sore arm a day after the 2nd. Well worth it and feeling very grateful!!
I am still waiting for my shots… but in a waitlist at least. It is going a bit slow in my part of the world… Thank you for the heads-up on secondary effects.
Have a great week!
Dianne Winters says
Hubby and I had 2nd Moderna shots on April 2nd. He had achiness on the 3rd…not enough to keep him from ball practice! I had no side effects at all other than the typical site soreness you can have from any injections. It truly is a relief!
Moderna First shot, no problem. Second shot (on April Fool’s Day), wowsa. 3 days of fever, horrible body aches, and swollen arm with a great big red flush on the area where the shot was. No worries, all is better and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. My biggest worry is the anti-vaxers. I worry they will only keep the virus active for a longer time. Congratulations to everyone who stepped up and got the vaccine.
I have had both shots of the Pfizer vaccine. No reaction not even a sore arm with first. Second a little nauseated that night gone by morning. I am proud to say I know more people that have had the vaccine then have not had the vaccine. Can’t wait to see my grand kids in New Jersey. My 2 weeks is up Wednesday.
Linda H Plumley says
What a great idea – to ask everyone to comment on their vaccinations! It was nice to read what has happened to other folks, as I take my second Moderna on Thursday. After the first, I had a dull headache and body aches, so I’ve been anxious the next will be worse. Happy to read that some people haven’t gotten too sick after the second. Am so thankful to take the vaccinations and can’t wait to start living again! Yay!
Martey in Niskayuna says
Hi Kevin. We’ve had both shots of the Moderna vaccine. We both had an easy time with the first shot, and spent a day in bed after the second. Nevermind though! We were able to give a small birthday party (6 people!) for a dear friend. Then we had a lovely Easter brunch on our sunny deck with 3 family members and their pups. AND I’m running down to Black Creek Greenhouse in a week or so to shop for herbs and perennials! Still wearing my mask, washing my hands and avoiding crowds, but it feels as though the end is in sight.
Deborah R says
Congratulations! My husband and I are both getting our 2nd Pfizer vaccination on Tuesday, and I can’t wait! (This is highly unusual for both of us, since we are both normally injection-phobic)
Jo Anne Kassner says
I got my second Pfizer shot a week ago yesterday. That day my only reaction was a very sore arm. However, on day two, about four hours after I had awoken, I began to get a terrific Headache and felt rather achy. I also had a slight fever. The day of the shot, on the advice of my doctor’s nurse, I had taken two Tylenol. I think that helped. When I began to feel poorly, I took more Tylenol. I felt very tired the rest of that day and had no appetite for solid food. I went to bed early that night and slept through the night. When I awoke the next morning, my headache and fever were gone, and my arm was not as sore. My appetite had also returned. In another week, I will be fully immunized, but like you, I will continue to wear my mask and maintain a safe social distance from others.
Those were my exact dates. I am a long hauler and was hospitalised for over a month and that may be why…1st shot felt like the first night of COVID fever chills felt like a truck ran me down stayed like that a few days. Second shot 6 inch ring around injection chills no fever with aches and pains…… the good news it was not COVID
I suffer from a heart rate changes and runs high with spikes. Low ox2 from doing nothing. 5 minutes later balances out. Hair falling out. … and feel like I am walking on crackers if I don’t have shoes on. Memory lapses which is great if I am watching a movie I get to the end before I know I have seen it, I can enjoy it twice. Foggy head causes embarrassment
I had the Moderna shot back in Dec as I work in a hospital , no effects from the first shot other then a sore arm for about 3 days. The second shot gave me a REALLY sore arm and I felt like maybe I had or could get a slight temp but when I woke up in the morning I was back to normal but I the exact same thought about whether the shot was working because I had no reaction. I was assured they gave out no placebos
Kelly JH says
I had first Moderna shot March 25. Sore arm and then fatigue, dull mind, some aches and chills. Feeling better today. A bit worried about the second shot later this month. But I will forge ahead.
Larry Gilbert says
Pfizer shots here, no side effects from 1st shot, arm didn’t hurt, 2nd shot, arm didn’t hurt again, but the next day I was wiped out, didn’t want to do anything but sleep, same the 3rd day, on the 4th day I was up and back at it.
Hello Kevin, Love your cooking website, but is this the place to be practicing or promoting medicine? I will not be taking the vaccine, along with millions of informed Americans , because it is still part of an experiment trial until 2023. And because I stand for informed consent, and personal medical freedom. Thousands of otherwise healthy people have already died as a result of taking the shots in the U.S. according to reports to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System), but you probably won’t read all about THAT in the news. I am imagining that some of your subscribers may be feeling sidelined and marginalized by your decision to advertise and promote personal medical decisions on your cooking website. It kind of takes the taste out for me. Please don’t assume we’re all cut from the same cookie cutter; America is great because we (hopefully) still allow discourse, divergence of opinions and ideas, and choice. Freedom is the “apple pie” of America. Beware of social pressure for unwarranted mass medical compliance, and the censorship of other scientific and medical voices. Thank you and blessings of health to all.
Pfizer and no negative reactions. Only a sore arm and tired the next day after the second.
Michele spencer says
I haven’t been vaccinated yet. Unfortunately 2 days before I was due for my vaccine I came down with Covid. It was just awful. I ran high fevers for 14 straight days and had headaches that made my hair hurt( just kidding) and nauseous and body aches and fatigue and wobbly legs. Then I began coughing up really nasty stuff. I stayed in close contact with my doctor virtually and they told me to take Tylenol and if things worsened to go to ER. Finally after a night of oxygen levels being at 86 I went in and was told I had pneumonia and I was hospitalized and I was told that if I had waited one more day it would not have been good. Perhaps even too late. That scared me very much. The hospital gave me a Covid cocktail for 5 nights. I went home on the 6 th day but I am still having trouble with breathlessness and low oxygen levels. It is very scary and I very very anxious at times wondering if the damage to my lungs is permanent. They told me it could take months for me to stRt to get better. My confusion now is when I can get the vaccine. I’m being told conflicting things by different doctors. One said that I could get it ten days after I get a negative test. Another doctor said I could get it right now unless I was given a certain Med in the hospital which I can’t remember the name of right now- Covid brain- but I did not have it so if that’s true I should be eligible. I just don’t know who to believe. I also read an article that says people who have had Covid can get it again or get one of the variants. That really scares me because my lungs are compromised and I don’t know if I could survive a second bout. I have other underlying medical conditions that make me vulnerable. So the reason I told you my story is so that everyone can know thst whatever your side effects are they are much better than the alternative of Covid. I’m saddened to see the Covid cases on the rise. Thirty new cases recently in Massachusetts. People are letting their guard down. We need to tighten up so we can get through this. I also read that we may only get 6 months protection from the vaccine! I hope that isn’t true. Anyway God bless you all. I’m glad Kevin that you snd mr. fox are fully vaccinated. Have fun entertaining. What will you cook?
First Moderna shot no reaction besides a week of having a sore arm, second Moderna, as you had, fever and aches, only lasted about 12 hours. I had covid in August and have developed all kinds of health issues. It took about 5 months to recover any energy back and the list goes on but I won’t. Thank you for agardenforthehouse.com, I enjoy reading it every Sunday!
Donnamae Grannemann says
Thank you for allowing us to share. It is interesting to see how others reacted to the vaccine they received. My husband and I (borth age 79) were very fortunate. A visiting health nurse came to our home and gave us the J & J. We had no side effects. And because that was such a great experience for us, one of my cousins and his wife changed their minds about having the vaccine and got their J & J yesterday. Yea! Now we can visit in person a little more by feeling safe to do so. Our circles of friends and loved ones are increasingly being vaccinated, which is a blessing.
Much gratitude, Kevin, for your wonderful posts. Love all of it and look forward to each one! Blessed Easter!
Stacey Ann Taylor says
Kevin, my first was like yours. Injection site a little sore. I get my second Tuesday. Hubby had no side effects from 2nd last week. I have my Tylenol and I am ready to get this thing done!
Corinne S St Martin says
I received my first Pfizer shot, April 1st. Sore arm at first… but felt fine. I made sure to eat lunch and hydrate a lot right after. Fatigue hit me about 4 hrs after, and subsequently, every late afternoon since (today is 4/4) the same fatigue hits me… and I feel I need to hydrate more than usual… and take a nap. I feel somewhat like I am fighting of an oncoming cold. Thank you for sharing and posting your vaccination experience.
Vaccination is slow here in Australia, mostly because those Europeans are refusing to export vaccines Australia ordered. However, local production started last week so we’re all expecting the pace to accelerate quickly now.
However, we’ve been very fortunate. There has been no community transmission of Covid in Canberra, where I live, since May last year so we’ve all been living a relatively normal life. Some restrictions on capacity of venues and we have to sign in to places plus we can’t travel overseas but these are minor compared to what the rest of the world has been going through.
Raine D. says
What a great topic, Kevin, thank you! It’s gratifying (& reassuring!) to see so many people listening to real-world SCIENCE & getting their jabs, and it’s also great to have this resource to see all the various & varying symptoms people are experiencing so no one feels isolated & uncertain. Up here in Canada — after a really positive start — the wheels came off the country-wide vaccination program the government assured us was well in hand & we’re very much behind. My husband & I are both finally scheduled, at least, which is an improvement over last week when inquiries at our doctor’s office got nothing but shrugs. Provincially, we’re also in the midst of a “third wave” of escalating cases & deaths that has us locked down tight again [sigh]. Good time to stay home & try new recipes I find on the internet, though, right?? 🙂
Got my second Moderna shot Friday. Was unwell from Friday night until this (Sunday) morning. Chills so bad I was shivering, BAD headache and body aches. Arm VERY sore. I have MS as well which means when I am sick, my walking is even worse. So glad to feel back to normal now. Would do it again in a heartbeat just to be vaccinated.
Linda C Cramp says
I am an essential worker. I shop and deliver for Instacart to all the people who did not leave their houses. I am an’essential worker. we as essential workers were not eligible to get a shot until April 1st along with police and fire fighters. I can name 70 grocery store workers that came down with Covid, a dozen that were off work for more than a month, several that ended up in the hospital and 1 that died. The city bus drivers are not eligible until April 12. 9 of them have did from Covid and numerous have tested positive and been very sick. It disgusts me that so many of the state roll outs did not make us important enough to get a shot. There is still time for many of us to get very sick with the new strains before we get a shot. i really think we should have been eligible a long time ago. I am not smiling at the roll out at all.
jackie serba says
Hi Kevin.. I am also a person who won’t be receiving the shot. There’s not enough research done on it yet. If u still need a mask it tells me why get it. I also see to many medications on tv where they are saying if u took this u have a right to money on this lawsuit. I may change my mind later after more research is done and they no how long it protects u. I just got over covid so i am protected for now. I need to no all the facts before I jump into anything and I don’t believe anyone knows them yet.
I work in a medical office so no lockdown or curfew for me – and finally my husband and I got vaccinated last week with the AstraZeneca. He had no effects at all, I had fever and chills for one night, but was fine two days later. We get our booster shots in two weeks. There has been a lot of bad press about the AstraZeneca, but I’ve been following the studies on PubMed, so I wasn’t worried. It’s interesting to see that the pandemic has made people more aware of the benefits of vaccination – some of my friends who were “anti-vaxxers” have become more informed and have gotten the jab. Hopefully Covid will go the way of measles and disappear if enough people become immune to it. That’s me – the eternal optimist!
I too am fully vaccinated. I encountered the same reactions that you had but mine lasted a few hours longer. It was refreshing to see your reminder that even after both shots you still need to wear a mask, social distance and stay away from crowded places.
I also got my vaccine on April Fool’s Day and 24 hours later I got a wicked COVID-vaccine hangover. Sore arm, fever, achey, headache. But rarin’ to go again the next day with spring cleaning and Easter cooking! Feeling very blessed to have only one day of side effects and not the actual illness. Be well Kevin and all!
Patty Knapp says
My husband and I are in the Volunteer Fire Service in Western New York, so we were able to get our vaccine starting in late December and then in late January. The first shot was fine no reaction, but the second was a little different we both had chills, head ache and very tired. But in about 24 hours every thing was fine. I’m very glad we were able to get the vaccine, but are still wearing a mask, social distancing, and trying to stay away from crowds.
Please stay safe!
I’m a Pfizer girl. Sore arm and a little headachey both times — about the same a flu shot usually is for me. Took 2 Tylenol at bedtime, and was fine from then on.
BTW, Kevin — if that was 500mg Tylenol you were taking, don’t take more than 2 every six hours. If it was 325mg, 3 every 6 hours is fine, or 2 every 4 hours. (Your liver will thank you and I want to keep reading your posts for a very, very long time!) Thanks for the joy you bring!!
I find this information helpful. Thank you for asking others for their input.
Love your website!
Alyce Grover says
Little or no side effects either time. Went to first small “fully vaccinated friends party” for Easter lunch. Great food and good time. Feel safer but still cautious and masking.
Pat C says
Thank you for sharing your personal experience with the Covid vaccine shots. My husband and I got our second shot of the Moderna vaccine on St. Patrick’s Day. We both had reactions very much like yours. Yesterday we hosted our first holiday dinner since Christmas 2019. It was wonderful to be with our “peeps”. I’m so grateful for the people who are way smarter than I am, the amazing scientists! I thank God for them and the resources that we have to alleviate awful diseases like Covid and others. I look forward to the advances that will be discovered through the research that has been done.
Sherlie Magaret says
Got my first shot March 2nd, and nothing, no reaction at all. Second shot April 1, some reaction, red spot, little tender, felt icky after taking a nap in afternoon and icky the next morning, but nothing else really that mattered. On the advice of Home Health Nurse who came to see hubs on March 30, said to make sure I hydrated well day before and to take tylonel before shot and after about every 6 to 8 hours. I did that for two days and have not been bothered. I did have Moderna. I also take 5000 units of Vitamin D3 everyday and have for quite a while. I believe that helped tremendously. I have never had a flu shot either but did last fall and never had any kind of reaction to that either. I really credit the Vitamin D3 and the advice from the nurse. 🙂
REMEMBER ALL-JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO SIDE EFFECTS DOESN’T MEAN THE VACCINE IS NOT WORKING! SOME MISLEADING COMMENTS HERE.
Brenda Brockett says
Kevin, I could see the smile in your eyes after the vaccination. So glad that your side effects were short lived, so to speak. My husband and I received our Moderna second vaccination on April 1 at NDHospital. We had no immediate effects other than feeling incredibly tired, so we took a three hour nap! Naps are not a part of our lives. The injection site was barely sore. In the wee hours of Friday morning my husband awoke with extreme chills and chattering teeth and ice cold hands that hurt. That lasted about 3 hours and he was fine other than continued tiredness through yesterday. Friday evening I looked at the injection site and saw a red ring forming and that is growing in size and HOT to touch and itches like heck. I had a slight headache that lasted maybe 5 hours.
My first injection landed me in the NDH ER for about 3 hours as the left side of my tongue and throat felt as if it was numbing and then the left nasal passage completely numbed. Very weird. They gave me Benadryl-big dose and I drank bottles and bottles of water. After that I was just tired, but no other issues. Thank God for that.
Every person I talk to has had such different reactions. (Incredibly painful large muscle pain in their upper thighs….to vertigo)
PS: The nurses at NDH told every person please drink a lot of water!
Yes, hopeful, until I read that a huge number of states infection rates were rising much too fast. I know that some people think we are back to normal and refuse to maintain the protocols. That is what unnerves me. I fully expect another surge by November due to states refusing to enforce the protocols.
Let’s not forget that over a half million fellow Americans are dead and that people are still dying from this and or one of its variants. If that is too ‘downer’, sorry, but let’s be real.
The estimate is that 38-40% of Americans will not be vaccinated by choice.
Take care all and protect yourself and others.
deb adams says
Going for my first shot on Thurs. I have no idea which it will be. My hubby has has his 2 shots of the Moderna. After reading about blood types , I am a little concerned. My hubby is O- but I am A+. He had some arm soreness with both but was a little tired for a couple of days after 2nd. I hope mine results in the same symptoms.
Sherry Pace says
So glad you are fully vaxxed! Congrats. I look forward to hearing about your dinner parties again (maybe with more Keto recipes?). I will have to go back and read all the comments…I dipped in, and couldn’t believe how different everyone’s experience has been – but that seems to be the case with those infected too. In PA it’s been just awful trying to get vaxxed. I am a 1-a but wasn’t able to schedule until a friend hooked me with an extra dose where she worked. That’s just not right. I saw some posters here made choices about which type to receive. No such luxury in for me! I took what I was offered first. Moderna all the way…Only had the 1st, 2nd due on 4/26. Slight soreness at injection site and that was all. We’ll see what happens with #2. So glad you and yours are all done. My husband goes in to work everyday and so far has not been able to obtain an appt. 🙁
Nancy J says
My first Pfizer vaccine resulted in a quite sore arm for about 3 hours the next morning. My second injection resulted in a sore arm the next morning and a headache and by evening some low grade chills with a 99.8 temperature (high for me). All in all just annoyances and no big deal
Mary Laiuppa says
First jab January 27. Just mild soreness at the site upon touch. Less than a Tetanus shot.
Second jab February 24. Mild soreness at the site upon touch. Less than a Tetanus shot. Maybe even less than the first.
I received the Moderna vaccine.
Received the Moderna shots. First shot no problem. Second shot I had headache, chills and fever. Lasted 24 hours, and felt tired the following day.
Glad I got them.
I received the Moderna shot on February 23 absolutely no pain at all I received the second Moderna shot on March 25 and I was absolutely down for the count chills bodyaches and pain felt like I was having an out of body experience headache and within 24 hours it was gone my arm was so sore I could barely raise it
I had my second Moderna vaccine on the afternoon of April first, also.
Sore arm for about a week with first the month before – no big deal.
In late evening after second I started to feel flu-like with head ache, sore throat, and achy body with some mild chills. Next day took Tylenol alternately with Ibuprofen (made me feel much better so I could go about my day), and by the next morning I was fine. So happy.
Christine S says
My significant other and I got our second Pfizer shots yesterday. Except for a sore arm at the injection site we haven’t had any after effects from either one. We will continue wearing our masks and practicing protocol…no sense in screwing it up now!! Hope you have a wonderful dinner party…and stay well.
Pfizer vaccine for me. The first shot gave me a sore arm, the second a sore arm and a day of tiredness. Both vaccines left me relieved and ready to travel!
Fully vaccinated, courtesy of the hospital where I work. The best news is, three of my four children are now on their way, and number four gets his first dose next week. Considering they are in child care, service, and retail industries, I’m grateful they are able to get it, much sooner than we had expected. And I, too, continue to wear my mask, social distance, and wash my hands. But, looking forward to a vaccinated girlfriends trip in June!
Juls Owings says
No soreness with 1st shot (very unusual for me) Hubby’s arm hurt (very unusual for him)
We get the 2nd one in two week. Was glad to read how you did as we are taking Moderna also. I think I will make sure chicken noodle soup is in supply for just in case. My 7th great grandchild is due in a couple weeks. I hope I get to see her before she’s a year old as we haven’t seen the one since he was born March 2020. His parents very much in their own little bubble. GOOD for them.
Carol Johns says
Fully vaccinated in MI, and feeling rather bulletproof. The hubs and I both had very minor side effects after second shot.
Suzanne K says
First Pfizer done April 1 (first day I was eligible), sore arm for a couple of days. Then, since the site I found for the first shot didn’t automatically schedule me for a second shot, I was back on the hunt for an appt for my 2nd shot. I found it and am thrilled to be booked for the 2nd shot on April 22. I actually cried tears of joy and relief when I got the appt for the first shot. The beginning of better times, if not a return to the normal of old.
For all looking, take a look at vaccinefinder.org – kind of an aggregator site, you put in zip and distance you are willing to travel. You can also filter by vaccine maker if you have a preference. It then shows you a list of sites near you and whether they have the vax in stock. If you pick one, it then directs you to that site’s website to make an appt! I found lots of places, including the well known drug stores, but ended up with a lesser known (but well rated) pharmacy about 4 miles away and was very pleased.
Russ M says
I’m fully vaccinated with two shots of Moderna. My second shot was on March 12. I haven’t had any side effects except a sore arm both times where they jabbed me with the needle. A few of my coworkers, however, experienced flu-like symptoms and missed work for a day or two because the vaccines made them sick.
Teri S says
Hubs and I had our 2nd Moderna on 6 April. #1 had fairly sore arm for a couple days (as opposed to routine vacs like flu). Extremely tired for about 5 days… but not a ‘sick’ tired. Just really tired like “yes, a nap will be quite nice… thank you” every 4 hours. #2 a few hours of tender arm and that was it. Slightly tired for a few days.
Compared to the Typhoid shots I’ve had to take for travel, it was nothing. Typhoid shots are BRUTAL!!! But you know what? Even if the Covid shots were like a typhoid shot I’d still get them happily to avoid this illness.
Mike Schur says
why does my injection sight hurt 8 weeks after 1st moderna shot. shots never hurt but in the morning can hardly lift my arm and no not arthritis or rotator cuff Hell when he gave me shot everything squirted back on him. and no I am not on thinners.
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Mike – Sorry to hear that! Hope you will visit a doctor.