On New Years Eve, 12/31/2020, we all got the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  I thought it would be helpful for others to hear about our COVID-19 vaccine experience.  You can also learn more about COVID-19 on this page.

We received our first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Dept in Reston, since as medical workers, we get it early; we see patients every day, so we’re with the group who receive it first.  This helps protect us and our patients.

The shot itself was painless.  About 12 hours after the injection, I felt like I had been punched very hard in the shoulder.  Since there was a lag in the pain, I am assuming inflammation is the cause of the pain – hopefully, that inflammation indicates that my body was creating spike protein based on the instructions from the mRNA (messenger RNA – this instructs your own cells to create the spike protein) in the vaccine, and I was creating antibodies.  The pain was annoying, but not debilitating.  I awoke with a headache on 1/2/21, but that may or may not have been related; it was relieved by taking aspirin and it wasn’t too bad.  Now, 4 days later, I feel fine.  Hopefully, the second dose will not incite any greater reaction. 

One member of our staff felt a bit sick with low-grade fever, loss of appetite and malaise for a couple of days.  She was fine after 2 days.  This is a known reaction to the vaccine and may indicate previous exposure to the virus – although that’s just speculation at this point.

In 28 days, we look forward to the second dose of the vaccine and sharing our COVID-19 vaccine experience.  We’ll let you know how it goes!

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