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Sat Mar 13, 2021, 09:07 AM

Just had my first COVID shot

My wife had hers a couple of weeks ago because she has (well-controlled) asthma. I'm in my early 60s, so it's evidently the turn of my age group round here (west of Scotland, near Glasgow). We've both been given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

In both cases, we received a phone call from a practice nurse a couple of days beforehand and fixed up a time slot. We were advised to check the practice's Facebook page before setting out in case there'd been a problem with the supply of the particular batch.

The village health centre car park was as full as I've ever seen it. Everything was well organized. I was booked in for 11.15 am and was out by 11.18. Like my recent flu vaccine, the shot itself was painless. They asked me to sit in my car for five minutes afterwards in case of any immediate reaction, and handed me a card explaining possible side-effects - soreness and redness around the injection site, a day or two's fever etc. My wife suffered no serious ill effects from her jag, just some residual soreness in her arm, so here's hoping.

I don't know how this experience compares to others elsewhere in the UK. I hope any of you, whether you have special need of the vaccine or not, have been able to access it with no delays or problems.

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Reply Just had my first COVID shot (Original post)
Emrys Mar 2021 OP
Soph0571 Mar 2021 #1
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2021 #2
Emrys Mar 2021 #3
LeftishBrit Mar 2021 #4
Emrys Mar 2021 #5
LeftishBrit Mar 2021 #6
Emrys Mar 2021 #7
Emrys May 29 #8
muriel_volestrangler May 29 #9
Emrys May 29 #10
LeftishBrit Jun 3 #11

Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 09:28 AM

1. How cool

I got my text yesterday - first shot on Wednesday next week. I am younger than you but underlying health issues... in London

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 11:57 AM

2. Congratulations

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat Mar 13, 2021, 03:53 PM

3. Well, our two-GP, two-nurse practice managed to vaccinate 340 people today!

That should make quite a dent in the national percentages if it's being mirrored elsewhere.

All our immediate neighbours seem to have had their first dose now. Hopefully the lower age groups - which include people in occupations that make their need greater than mine - will follow soon.

I did some moderately heavy work in the garden this afternoon, so I suspect the resulting aches will mask any side effects from the vaccine!

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sun Mar 14, 2021, 11:48 AM

4. Just got mine today

At our GP's surgery (they were open Sunday morning specifically for this purpose). All very well-organized.

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Mon Mar 15, 2021, 10:28 AM

5. My reactions to my shot so far, though these will vary from person to person:

On the evening after, I felt chilly and a bit wabbit, though I wasn't running a fever. That passed in a few hours after I put on an extra fleecy jacket, and I was fine the next morning.

The muscle where I got the injection is still a bit tender and sore on being pressed - comparable to lactic acid pain after over-exertion (I did do some moderately heavy garden work in the afternoon after my injection, but my other shoulder doesn't have the same problem).

Other than that, no issues to date.

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Response to Emrys (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 10:10 AM

6. I had slight fatigue and slept very late the following night/morning

Otherwise, no noticeable side effects

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 05:02 PM

7. Cool, I hope that continues.

My shoulder's nearly back to normal, and nothing else out of the ordinary's happened (tempting fate ...).

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Response to Emrys (Original post)

Sat May 29, 2021, 01:25 PM

8. Had my second shot today.

Again, my wife had hers a couple of weeks ago. That puts the gap between the first and second doses at around 12 weeks, which will hopefully produce the optimal response.

The village health centre was bustling again, and I was in and out in 5 minutes. The nurse asked about any adverse reactions to the previous shot, and I told her about my short-lived mild chill and lassitude. She said most people seem to have less severe reactions to the second dose. She said a symptom of more concern would be a headache that doesn't resolve within 3 or 4 days, in which case to contact the health centre. So far, so good.

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Response to Emrys (Reply #8)

Sat May 29, 2021, 05:11 PM

9. 11 weeks, in fact. My 2nd is on Tuesday, which will be exactly 10 weeks

The numbers show they're gradually getting the gap shorter - average 73 days, now. I think the decision to not use AstraZeneca for under 40s has meant they feel they can give more of those now as a 2nd shot, and with the new variant, getting more people to the full dose faster makes a lot of sense.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #9)

Sat May 29, 2021, 05:21 PM

10. Right, 11 weeks. I must have run out of fingers!

Most people we know around here have now had at least their first shot. It's taken a while to get down to the healthy 40s age range, though - our neighbour who I think is in that group only got his first shot a couple of weeks ago. I don't know which vaccine they gave him.

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Response to Emrys (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 3, 2021, 05:03 PM

11. Had mine on May 26th

Again no side effects beyond slight fatigue

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