I received Moderna COVID-19 vaccination booster #3

TJ Wolf

I received Moderna COVID-19 vaccination booster #3

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vial and paperwork.Ian Hutchinson/Unsplash


I received a COVID-19 vaccination booster on August 17th. The booster was a third Moderna shot for me. I am sharing my experience for the benefit of others to read.
This article is not medical advice.

Nor is this article an argument for or against vaccination.

My medical condition was the reason behind my decision...

Why me?

So why did I go for the booster?

I suffer from multiple medical conditions. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the primary diagnosis. I also have multiple comorbidities related to the disease and even from the medication treatments for the disease.

What factored in my decision to go for the booster right away?

  • my SLE remains active, no remission last 2 years
  • active use of glucocorticoids
  • active use of immunosuppressive chemotherapy
  • reported contagiousness of Delta
  • reports of Delta carriers being asymptomatic
  • bravely or foolishly be a Moderna shot #3 test experiment for the benefit of my family

Shot Day

So I went to the local chain pharmacy this morning, disclosed my illnesses on the standard form, and waited for the shot with an epinephrine injector at the ready.

Shot Day Reactions?

  • minimal compared to Moderna Shot #1, which was a doozy for me
  • more than Moderna Shot #2, which was minimal to none for me

Perceived reactions by that afternoon and evening included...

  • joint aches (tolerable)
  • muscle aches (minimal)
  • itching (no rash)
  • felt warm, but no fever
  • headache
  • tired for a few hours this afternoon
  • negligible impact on my working (computer work) or daily life functions

Are the reactions above specific to the shot today?
Or coincidence because of my existing medical conditions?
No true way to know of course.
This given my average day is riddled with pain, aches, feeling feverish, fatigue, high-risk medications side effects, pain-causing my lack of sleep at night, etc.

Each symptom did start 1-2 hours after the shot.
All but the joint aches passed already.
So I think the reaction is related, but I can't prove it.

Note: I say no impact on work/daily life, but I also have a pain patch and pain medication that help me stand, walk, and sit without excruciating pain. So side effects could be worse for someone without that medication support.

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Day 2

Day 2 reactions...

  • almost intolerable sinus type headache, worse than the day of the shot
  • postnasal drip/runny nose
  • fatigue - struggled to get up in the morning, fell asleep early the night before
  • left arm (deltoid muscle where I received the shot) sore like Rocky Balboa used it for bag practice
  • negligible impact on my working (computer work) or daily life functions, other than raising my left arm easily

Day 3

Day 3 reactions...

  • back to normal!
  • headache gone
  • left arm (deltoid muscle) minimal soreness
  • no more postnasal drip/runny nose

Reminder and a humor attempt

Remember my post is not medical guidance nor advice.

And even if you have SLE, everyone's disease and reactions to medications or vaccines are different.

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I was also very disappointed that having received the booster, I...

  • did not turn into Magneto
  • nor Electro
  • remain overweight and colorblind
  • did not glow in the dark
  • could not speak to animals

And obviously, my stand-up comedy repertoire did not magically improve.

That was my attempt at some levity.
I truly hope all of you and your families stay safe and well

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My primary mission is to spread awareness about the disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and many of its comorbidities. Given most physical activities cause me pain nowadays, I've taken on writing as a new hobby, form of therapy, and method to interact with others. You will find I also experiment with articles related to business and careers.

Atlanta, GA

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