Second COVID-19 Vaccine Shot: Minor Reactions

Yesterday (2/23) I received my second COVID-19 vaccine shot at St. Clare’s Hospital in Lakewood.

The 20-mile trip was easy and quick – in spite of the morning rush-hour time of my appointment. There were far fewer people this time, with everyone in for the second injection – I assumed we all received our first shot on the same day.

Another difference was this visit was much quicker than last time; I only had to wait for 15 minutes after the injection (last time I had to wait 30 minutes due to an allergic reaction in 2017 due to an antibiotic).

After the first shot, my only reactions were mild arm pain that lasted about 24 hours and a minor headache. I was somewhat curious about the actual side effects this time; most articles online suggested the second shot results in more dramatic side effects.

Well, I’d have to say I only had minor side effects.

Yesterday I had a bit of a headache and some brain fog at times; along with minor pain at the injection site (and even less than the first shot). Last night in bed I was chilled (but no shivering). An extra blanket was all that needed.

This morning I still have a minor headache.

But overall, I think I’m through this experience.


Author: Tom

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