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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:39 PM

I'm getting my first vaccine tomorrow

Does it make any difference which arm I get the shot in?

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Reply I'm getting my first vaccine tomorrow (Original post)
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 OP
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2021 #1
dweller Mar 2021 #2
left-of-center2012 Mar 2021 #3
50 Shades Of Blue Mar 2021 #4
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #7
50 Shades Of Blue Mar 2021 #26
multigraincracker Mar 2021 #5
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #9
elleng Mar 2021 #6
JenniferJuniper Mar 2021 #8
multigraincracker Mar 2021 #11
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #13
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #22
elleng Mar 2021 #24
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #25
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2021 #10
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #12
pidge Mar 2021 #14
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #17
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #23
Ocelot II Mar 2021 #15
Arkansas Granny Mar 2021 #16
3catwoman3 Mar 2021 #18
LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2021 #19
Warpy Mar 2021 #20
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #21
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #27
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #29
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #30
MustLoveBeagles Mar 2021 #27
trixie2 Mar 2021 #31

Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:42 PM

1. Just in case you wind up with a very sore arm, get it in your non-dominant arm.

Although I think others have suggested doing it in your dominant arm, because you'll use that one a lot more which can be good for more or less working off any soreness.

Not that I've gotten the vaccine yet, so my advice is worth exactly what you've paid for it.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:42 PM

2. I'm right handed

and got both of mine in my right arm, its the stronger of the two and I figured Id get over it quicker ... 2 days of soreness both times, thats it

✌🏻

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:42 PM

3. I had some soreness for a day after the shot

If you are right-handed I would suggest getting it in your left arm.

If you are left-handed get it in your right arm.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:44 PM

4. I wish I could.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:51 PM

7. I hope you can soon

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 02:57 PM

26. Thanks!!!

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:46 PM

5. When I get out I always

Rub that arm around the shot hard for 5 minutes. When I got mine, I had to think which arm it was in the next day.
Good luck and let us know how it went.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:54 PM

9. I will

Thanks

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:50 PM

6. I'll be having my first on Friday,

wondering whether the arm I sleep on, left, should be spared the shot. (I'm right-handed.)

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:52 PM

8. If you are a side sleeper, spare that side.

I go back and forth, and woke up every time I moved over to the shot side.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:01 PM

11. If you have any discomfort

just think how bad having COVID might feel.
GF got her second one today and so far no problem.
Best of luck with yours.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:10 PM

13. Good luck

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 01:35 AM

22. Yaaaaay!

Congrats, Ellen!!!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #22)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 02:18 AM

24. Thanks, the County's finally got it together.

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Response to elleng (Reply #24)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 02:35 AM

25. Glad to hear!



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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 10:55 PM

10. They told me to get it in my "non dominant' arm

I'm right handed, so I got it in my left arm. Good luck, everything went very smoothly when I got mine.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:06 PM

12. Thanks everyone

If I feel up to it on Friday I'll be working remotely so I don't want cause myself unnecessary pain in my dominant arm while using it. Since I'm right handed I'll probably get it in my left arm. Plus I usually go to sleep on my back and wind up moving to my right side while sleeping.

Thank you everyone for your responses. Everyone's advice was very helpful.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:28 PM

14. No,I have had 2 Moderna and just prefer left arm.

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Response to pidge (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:48 PM

17. Welcome to DU pidge



I'm not sure which one I'm getting yet. It doesn't matter to me that much. I'll take whatever they have.

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Response to pidge (Reply #14)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 01:36 AM

23. Welcome to DU!

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:31 PM

15. Your non-dominant arm would be better.

It might not be sore at all but it's a common side-effect. Mine was sore for about 24 hours - it wasn't debilitating but I'm still glad I got it in my left (non-dominant) arm because it was definitely annoying.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:35 PM

16. I'm right handed and got the shot in my left arm. I had a little soreness the next morning,

but it only lasted a few hours. I get my second shot next week.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:53 PM

18. It does not matter which arm you pick.

It has been customary to use the non-dominant arm because one uses it less so you are less likely to move it in a way that accentuates the soreness.

However, seeing as the more you move an arm that has gotten an injection, the sooner your body will absorb the injection fluid and the sooner the soreness will improve, using the dominant arm guarantees more movement.

Bottom line - whichever arm you use - move it, move it, move it. I tell my teenage patients, No pity parties!

(Advice from nurse practitioner.)

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 12:12 AM

19. They like the non dominate arm

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 12:46 AM

20. Friends have said it's a little sore if they press on where the needle went in

which sounds like just about ever shot I've ever gotten in the deltoid.

The second shot seems to be the one that gives people 24 hours or so of feeling crummy enough to take some Tylenol and take it easy.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 01:33 AM

21. Pharmacist said dominant arm better because it gets more use

And that extra use will reduce discomfort.

I only had mild discomfort/pain.

So happy you are getting vaccine!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #21)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:25 PM

27. Update

I got the Pfizer vaccine. I went to the mass vaccination site being run by the National Guard at our local fairgrounds. The whole process from beginning to end only took about 35 minutes. Everyone was helpful and very friendly.

I'm doing good mostly. My arm was sore for a few hours but it's been gradually fading. I've been exercising it since I got the shot and only get an occasional twinge of pail. I'm drinking water and had a bowl of soup but don't have much of an appetite. My stomach is still upset but that started before I got the shot. Note to self: Don't eat greasy hamburgers before the second shot!

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Reply #27)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:29 PM

29. Yaaaay!

Congrats on 1st vax!

Glad to hear you are feeling well!

I didn't begin to feel arm discomfort for 6.5 hrs. Weird!

Keep hydrating & moving that arm, Beagles!

Ps - are you doing CDCs V Safe reaction tracker?

https://vsafe.cdc.gov/ords/f?p=7130009:103036236591185:F87C0F13D737E1D327ACC3BD22C9CE56E5F462BC423A45F6D968CFCDAD937F2E2A1372095206C5D7B9A3CE9CD09D866E::::

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #29)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:37 PM

30. I haven't signed up for that yet

Check your PM's

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Original post)

Sun Mar 7, 2021, 07:07 PM

31. I got my first dose on Friday, Pfizer,

I am upper 50s. Went to county health department. They had military precision. Got through the logistics in about 12 minutes and then to the tent for 15 minutes. I absolutely believe in having it administered by a nurse. Didn't hurt, had no complications or any soreness/stiffness. I did nap after I got home and was a bit sluggish for 24 hours. They did recommend you not get it in your dominant arm. The nurse said that we oldies, she and I were close in age, have less complications than those in their 30s and below.

My sister, an RN, thought my sluggishness was from the anxiety of the pandemic and going in for a shot. My ex Dr. doesn't believe in pandemic depression. I was suffering.

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