Trust the Covid-19 vaccine - nothing to fear about side-effects, take the jab!Last year when we were discussing the pandemic and the hope of a vaccine, I had expressed my apprehension about their efficacy. When the vaccination drive finally started, I eagerly waited to know how effective they would be. As more and more people took it and shared their good experiences , my apprehensions abated. A lot of misinformation and wild rumours started circulating about the side effects of the vaccine, how horrible it was, etc etc. Guess what? It wasn't that horrible at all! Yes, I did take the vaccine, and here's my experience.
On the day I took the vaccine (Sunday), I did not have any problems. I was given two tablets, instructed to take one as soon as I reached home, and the second one at night after dinner. It was at night that the discomfort set in. I practically yawned throughout the whole night, could not sleep a wink because the headache was, well, a headache, mild to intense, but bearable. The upper arm did hurt and I could not turn over to sleep on the left side, but it was not excruciating pain. And, hilariously, for some inexplicable reason, I suddenly felt hungry in the middle of the night!! I tried the tip given in some article I read just a few weeks ago, about counting backward from 1000 to get sleep, but somewhere below the 800-mark, I just got bored because I was still awake. Then started thinking of some concept for a contest for members, but that too petered out. It was at some time in the early hours when the birds started twittering that I did manage a few winks of sleep. When I got up eventually, I happily told myself, 'Thank goodness, it's morning'.
The next day, I was quite weary, not having slept. I could not raise my vaccinated arm too much, there was slight swelling in the area, and I did feel the pain, but it was bearable, mind you, and could just be ignored. The headache had reduced vastly from the previous night, just faintly lingering, and I decided simply to rest, not work on anything. Felt slightly feverish in the afternoon, took a tablet, and was just fine within about half an hour. By night time the headache was totally gone and I slept like a log! Yesterday and today there is a general weariness and the arm just feels a bit stiff.
So it's actually a lot of rubbish that the vaccine is unsafe and that there will be many days of fever, etc. Of course, if the fever does persist for long or you experience any kind of other issues, especially if you already have some health issues and are taking treatment for something, please contact your local Health Helpline no. or the national Helpline no. 1075 for further advisories.
Did I experience dizziness, feel nausea, have an upset stomach, vomiting, body aches? No, none of this at all. Various people have experienced various levels of aches and feverishness, while others have not had a single problem whatsoever, even very elderly people, so you can't really generalize and assume that just because someone experienced a few symptoms, so will you. In any case, you will surely have experienced flu, headaches, aches & pains at some point in your life, so what's the big deal now? Just grin and bear it - take the jab!
Look at it this way - Constant fear of the Virus and catching it with its subsequent major and possibly long-term side-effects vs Trust in the vaccine and its very bearable, mild side-effects. I chose the latter.
All in all, I am childishly excited that I did take the vaccine and feeling a bit like the comic's super-girl character, as though I have acquired some kind of super-power. Of course, no question of carelessness. Wearing the mask, hand-washing, and avoiding stepping out needlessly will continue to be my SOP.
[Request the forum editors to please excuse the lengthy post; just wanted to get my message across loud and clear about not fearing the vaccine.]