I Got The Coronavirus Vaccine. Here's What Happened

Michelle Jaqua


I walked into the building and stood in a long line, six feet apart and masked. I had an appointment at 7:30am, but when I checked in, they couldn't find my name. After a couple moments, they found my name under the 7am time.

I was given four pages of instructions about the COVID-19 vaccine, and a pink sheet that I had to sign, showing I was getting the Moderna vaccine. As I was reading the information, I noticed that 1) the vaccine is not FDA approved; and 2) there was a litany of serious side effects from the vaccine. I stood there another twenty minutes waiting for my turn.

Some people, like me, were getting their first Moderna vaccination. Others were getting immunized for the second time from the Pfizer vaccine. We were all in one line together as we move along, being shuffled to the appropriate station.

As I sat down for my injection, I was greeted by a very nice man, a pharmacist. A minute of chatting, and he gave me the shot. I didn't even feel it.

I had to sit down in an area for 15 minutes, so that I could be monitored for any allergic reactions that shows itself in 15-60 minutes. While I was sitting and waiting to leave, one of the monitors working there said she hadn't seen an allergic reaction since she'd been working there. As a nurse, I cringed because she'd just jinxed herself.

After 15 minutes and no allergic reactions noted, I walked back to my car and drove home. On the way home, I felt as if my tongue and lips were a little numb, a side effect. I ignored it and went home.

The next day, my arm was a little sore to the touch. It wasn't bothersome.

I have chronic migraines, but have kept them under control for the most part. However, that next day, I had body aches, especially in my lower back and my neck. It lasted for about two and a half days.

That was all I experienced from the vaccine. It was my first dose, and I've been told that the second dose has more intense side effects, so, I'll write about it when I get it in a month.

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Michelle Jaqua is a freelance writer who lives in the beautiful state of Oregon. She writes about a variety of news and happenings in the Pacific Northwest, along with some PNW history and fun facts. Subscribe to her page and get her posts in your email.


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