Two vaccines were granted emergency authorization by the FDA. Both companies: Pfizer granted on December 11th, 2020, and Moderna on December 18th, 2020 have available vaccines in distribution.
For the last few weeks, I procrastinated about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Partly, because I was feeling sick and out of work for a few days. But, also I wanted to do my own research on both vaccines.
I woke up on Monday morning, drove to work, and prepared myself for the day. I attended a mandatory meeting from 7-8:30 and then headed off to get vaccinated.
Arriving at the vaccination clinic, I filled out a questionnaire regarding allergies, contact information, and general health-related questions. There was a line, but it moved quickly along. Once the paperwork was completed and signed, I walk down the get your vaccine. The nurse reviewed the questionnaire once again. I sat for my vaccine. Within 1-2 mins, the vaccine was administered, and a bandaid applied.
Today I am feeling fine. I have not reacted to the vaccine. The injection site is very sore, but otherwise no other side effects.
WHY I CHOSE TO BE VACCINATED
- For the health and well being of myself, family and patients.
- Its a step towards returning to normalcy; traveling, visiting family and friends, restaurants
- Doing my part to alleviate some of the burden on our frontline workers
- After the administration of the vaccine, I sat in the auditorium for observation. Fifteen minutes of observation for the Moderna vaccine and 30minutes for the Pfizer vaccine is required.
- Both vaccines are given in 2-doses. The Moderna vaccine is given 28 days apart from each dose. The Pfizer vaccine is given 21 days apart.
- Common side effects listed include injection site pain, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea and vomiting, and fever. It is reported that theses side effects are worse after 2nd dose.
Who can receive COVID-19 vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently authorized for people aged 16 years and older.
- Moderna’s vaccine has been approved for individuals 18 and older. MODERNA currently doing clinical trials with patients in the 12 to 17-year range.