The COVID-19 vaccine is not only here. The shots are being cranked out in numbers we’ve never seen before. They’re hitting TWO MILLION arms in a single day.
That’s a lot of sore shoulders, my friend.
So you’ve already talked to your doctor. You weighed the pros and cons. And you made your decision to get the vaccine.
You’ve weathered the first shot, and you’re no worse for wear. Well, besides, that sore shoulder, of course. And now you’re waiting for your second shot.
But there’s something you should know. The second time around might not be the same as the first. In fact, a new report shows how the second dose can be a whole lot different than what you felt with the first one.
And that means it’s a good idea to be prepared for it.
COVID-19 shot side effects
Some people DO feel a little crummy after their first coronavirus shot. A mild fever, headaches, and body aches aren’t unheard of. Others feel REALLY lousy.
But if you’re like many folks, you felt little to write home about. Or perhaps nothing at all. Although the research shows that COVID-19 survivors who’ve already weathered the infection tend to have bigger reactions.
But the bottom line is you’re probably full of confidence as you make plans to go in for the second dose. Maybe you’re even planning to give them a “Go ahead, make my day!” speech as you roll up your sleeve with a wink.
Well, it turns out that day might be made WORSE. As a new report finds, the second shot often hits a whole lot harder than the first.
The report reveals that a little more than half feel side effects after the first shot compared to 42 percent of placebo patients. But on the other hand, about 80 percent feel it after the second dose of the vaccine, versus 36 percent who got a second placebo dose.
But even more important is that the severity of the side effects tends to be worse after that second shot. People are more likely to report headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, chills, and fever. You can think of it as feeling like you’re battling a cold or mild case of the flu.
Preparing for the 2nd round of vaccine
In some cases, the second shot side effects can kick in within just hours of the vaccine. But don’t panic. This is what’s expected to happen.
It’s actually a sign that your immune system is doing what it was designed to do. It’s learning something new and how to respond to it. And the studies show those side effects mostly vanish in 24-48 hours.
And there’s some good news for seniors for once. Although seniors are the group hardest hit by the infection, they might also be less likely to have the more severe side effects from the shot.
So you might luck out and not feel a thing with your second round. But since there’s no telling how you will feel, it’s best to be prepared for anything with these three steps.
- Don’t make any immediate plans for after the vaccine except heading home to get some rest.
- Have some prepared food ready (or order no contact delivery… it’s safe) in case you don’t feel up for cooking.
- Drag out whatever supplies you typically use when you have a cold or the flu, like a thermometer, a hot water bottle, and a fever reducer, just in case.
Oh, and I suggest allowing yourself a treat or two, like your favorite ice cream, while you’re recovering. You deserve it!
And if anything feels really wrong, of course, call your doctor or head to the ER to be checked.
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