I had my second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday the fourth and I can now travel for vacations and most importantly, work. I wish to stay here in Tulsa, OK for the near future until I have the money to move back to Washington State but that will not be for a couple of years.
That second dose did in fact knock me on my ass. By Tuesday evening I was not feeling well at all. I had the chills; skin was aching, and the location of the shot was hurting more. By Wednesday morning I was in full blown ‘flu’ mode. I mean that I felt like I had a bad case of the flu and the headache had arrived although it was mild and in the background. I only felt the headache when I coughed, which was often. You are cautioned not to take pain killers unless necessary as it could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, so I held out, then my fever started, and I ignored most of the symptoms Thursday because I knew it was a reaction and this type of reaction was a good indication of my body’s immune system. Early Friday morning I had had enough of the back pains because of the coughing, skin aches, headache and I got up and took some aspirin because I figured it had been long enough. They recommend waiting at least two days if you need to take something. After a bit, my fever broke and the pains starting gradually going away and I fell back to sleep and did not get up till 9:00am. That is extremely late for me, but I was on the mend finally. After a good day for this week, I talked on the phone for a while and started to feel bad again. My throat was getting froggy and headache coming back. I went to bed at 10:00pm, took some aspirin again at 5:00am and was asleep until about 8:30am but I still felt so tired and did not get out of bed until 9:00am again. Today, Saturday I feel about normal and think this is going to be a great weekend with a resulting great next week.
It may be possible that all those times I had been administered the flu shot and I felt like this it may have just been a reaction to the shot and not necessarily the flu itself. I say that because I know that you can’t get the COVID-19 from this shot because of how it is manufactured let alone the flu from it.