Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Booster Mania

 I have literally lost hours of sleep trying to figure out which booster shot I should get and when I should get it. I had a Pfizer shot scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow), but cancelled it because I wasn't sure if I really should switch from Moderna which was what my first two shots were. There is so much information out there, it's hard to tell exactly which way to go. My sister switched for her booster and felt fine about it, both physically and intellectually. My twin brother is planning on sticking with his original for his booster.  

Roger got his booster shot on Monday. He stayed with the original. He is absolutely fine and had very little side effects except for the pain in his arm where the person jabbed it so hard with the needle that he literally cried out in pain. I was sitting next to him when that happened and I wanted to jump up and scream. 

We went for a walk on Tuesday. I told Roger that my vacillations between wanting Pfizer and then wanting Moderna and then back again is such a spoiled brat first-world problem that I am utterly embarrassed by it. But I still can't decide. I did reschedule my appointment for December 10th. That gives me a lot of time to drive myself crazy (otherwise known as be as informed as possible).

Have you gotten your booster? Did you have a choice? What did you decide to do? 

Then, I looked out the window at the beautiful piece of sun art on our backyard fence.

I swear it was sticking its tongue out at me. I completely understood why. LOL! 


36 comments:

  1. Sometimes it's not good to be given a choice. I logged on to the NHS site; when do you want your jab (click); which vaccination centre suits you (click); you're getting Pfizer. OK, see you Friday 11:25. If I turn into a pumpkin I'll let you know.

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    1. John-- Life would be so much easier if I didn't have to make a choice about this stuff. Scientific studies take so much longer than what the timeframe of this pandemic has presented us with. Good luck with your booster. I'll be thinking of you. If you turn into a pumpkin, please send a photo!

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    2. All done! Had jab yesterday, no reaction at all. Take care.

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    3. John-- This is such great news. I am so happy that you got it done and all is well. I am inspired and grateful for this news. Thank you.

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  2. I had my booster a few weeks ago. My jabs were all Pfizer. I wasn't offered a choice. Husband had his last week....his first 2 were Astra Zeneca, and his booster was Pfizer. I don't think he was given a choice. Neither of us had any reaction. I don't think it makes any difference which you have...just get it done!!

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    1. Frances-- I agree with you... just get it done. I'm scheduled for December 10th, and I'm sure I can move that date earlier if I need to. We're pretty safe here, small town, everyone is masked indoor shopping places, and we have stopped going out for anything other than food and a walk.

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  3. I recently got the Pfizer booster after getting my initial shots with Pfizer. No side effects, not even a sniffle. I don't know if I had a choice or not. I just completed the form at the local pharmacy telling them what shot I had before and going from there. Perhaps if I had specified I wanted the Moderna, they would have done that for me, but I didn't know if that was an option, and I don't think I would have chosen it anyway. (The shingles vaccine has re-bruised my arm more than a month later. Don't know what that's about.)

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    1. Paul-- That's great news about your booster shot and no side effects. Yay! I've read people's accounts of their side effects, but mostly not serious at all... sleepiness and headaches. I hope you find out what's up with that shingles vaccine side effect. Weird. Take care there.

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  4. Ouch, sounds like they may have hit his bone. Hope he is OK now. I am getting mine next Monday and it will be the same as I had before, the Moderna. They told us we could get the seasonal flu and the Covid at the same time but I chose to wait 10 days between them. Science? Nope, just Patti. Just do what you feel is right.

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    1. Patti-- Roger is fine. No more pain at all and no side effects from the booster. I hope all goes well with your Moderna booster. That's what I'm getting on December 10. Please keep us posted.

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  5. I have received my booster. Luckily I never had a choice in what I got. All three of my shots were Pfizer.

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    1. Colette-- In some ways it really is better not to have to choose. I'm glad you're all done with the vaccines for now.

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  6. I had my booster last week and it was Moderna as my first shots were Moderna too. My Walgreen's had lots of openings so I booked my appointment online. My arm was sore but no bad side effects.
    Hope you get yours soon so you can stop worrying! :)

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    1. EllenD-- I'm so hoping that that's what I'm going to feel after my Moderna booster. I'm scheduled for December 10th. I'm feeling pretty calm today, so I'll see if can hold on to that for a month.

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  7. I got my booster and it was the same as whatever I had before. I did have some side effects as one day I was completely wiped out. Get your booster.

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    1. Red-- Oh yes, I'm definitely getting my booster. I'll write about it next month. I'm glad you got yours and all is well there.

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  8. Just had my third one today I had the Pfizer one, did not have any option it is what they are giving out. Also had my flu one which I have not had since the 1970's and a shingles one the other week so I'm a bit like a pin cushion at the moment. Latest project at home is making Obelisks for plants to grow up in

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    1. Billy-- Wow, you had a lot of jab there. I've never had a shingles vaccine or a flu shot. I'm hoping I can avoid that. Not sure why. I totally trust the science, I just hate getting jabbed with needles. I hope you'll photograph your obelisk project and post on the blog about it. Take care there.

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    2. I did not notice any of the needles going in and never realsied it had been don till I noticed him putting the syringe down

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    3. Billy-- You're lucky you had such a good experience. Roger's jab was not so painless. He's fine now, but it was a bummer.

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  9. Oh yeah, it's definitely sticking out his tongue at you. We had no side effects from the first two Moderna shots but the Moderna booster, which we got yesterday, has both of us with sore arms and, as Montana Mike would put it, a feeling all day today of malaise. Better than getting Covid though.

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    1. Catalyst-- I had some side effects from the first two shots, but nothing really bad. For the most part it was fatigue, chills and a headache. Not bad. I feel less worried now, but that might be because I've put it off for a month. We'll see. And yes, definitely better than getting covid.

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  10. Getting mine tomorrow. Not too concerned (putting head in the sand) and hoping for a quiet day on Saturday. I'll be drinking loads of water in the hopes that the headache is not as bad as the last one.

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    1. Linda-- Hope all goes well for you tomorrow. Yes to lots of water. Take care. I'll be thinking of you.

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  11. Had my Moderna booster a week ago yesterday in the afternoon. I've been Moderna all the way. This time my arm seemed more sore almost immediately than it had been with the previous shots. On the day after the shot, I had a mild headache and took a long nap in the afternoon. Did have a sore arm for a few days and may have felt some lingering fatigue. Feeling fine now. Most of my friends have gotten the booster. A few are hesitant.

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    1. am-- Interestingly, Roger had a similar experience about the pain right away in his arm. I'm glad your side effects were mild. I'm hoping that's how I'll respond. It's good to hear from you, am.

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  12. We did get our boosters, and both my husband and I stuck with Moderna, which was what we got originally. I confess I wondered later on if I should have got Pfizer, but really, I think you can't go wrong either way.

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    1. 37paddington-- It's an interesting thing trying to figure out the best booster to get. Either way, we're all going to be safe. I'm also pretty glad that Pfizer has come up with an anti-viral medication. That's really good news. I still want people to be vaccinated, but having a medication makes things feel even safer.

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  13. We're not eligible for booster shots yet. Too young, but old enough to wish we could get them. I suppose I'll get whatever I can get. I look at it like Pepsi or Coke, both get the job done so why worry about which one you're drinking?

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    1. Ally Bean-- I love your perspective... Pepsi or Coke. Yes! They both get the job done.

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  14. Robin, we originally had the Moderna vaccine with no reactions whatsoever. We signed up for the booster at the local CVS and at appt time were told they only had Pfizer at that location and we would have to drive to a different CVS for the Moderna version. Being the lazy folks we were that day, we opted for the Pfizer and only reaction was a sore arm the next day. Now we have given 2 out of 3 a try.

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    1. Beatrice-- Wow, you are so lucky that even with your first two Moderna shots you didn't have any reactions. That's so wonderful. I had chills and a headache the second day. I signed up originally for the Pfizer booster because it was what the local CVS was offering. I probably should have just gotten it done, but I decided to let the medical clinic I go to give me the Moderna booster in December. Sometimes I definitely over-think things.

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  15. We got our boosters yesterday, stayed with Moderna because it seems to be performing a little better from what I read.

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    1. ellen-- Well, I'm scheduled for my Moderna booster in December, and now I'm thinking about seeing if I can schedule it a little sooner. Hope all is well there.

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  16. Medical people are educated in the details of vaccination - its aims and results. Most of them I know (with the exception of a dentist whom I have subsequently dropped) have received all their available jabs. To me their advanced and lengthy schooling seems a reasonably fixed criterion and my wife and I have done what they've done.

    I'm astonished about Roger's painful jab. During the last three months I've been jabbed quite a lot - not just in connection with Covid but with various other ailments, explorations and curative procedures. I've been barely aware of any of these intrusions.

    The world record for painless jabbing as far I'm concerned occurred at the US Embassy in London as part of my qualifying for a Green Card to allow me to work in the US. Honestly, I felt nothing. As if he had the skill to insert the needle between the fleshy molecules rather than through them. But then perhaps he feared the litigation that might ensue if he was responsible for the slightest iota of discomfort.

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    1. Roderick-- I utterly believe in the efficacy of well-research medical science. It's how we've all have lived as long as we have. The thing that concerns me, slightly, is the speed at which all of this unfolded. I know we need to act fast, and I will get my booster, but I wish there were more time to test the long-term results of these things.

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