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Specializes in School Nurse. Having conversations with littles.. Has 35 years experience.

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Good morning- Now that several of us have gotten our COVID Vaccine- I'm just curious how you got along? Side Effect? What were they? 

Happy Thursday Friends-

Cattz

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

I had my first Pfizer on 1/2/21, no side effects.

Second Pfizer 1/22/21, vaccine given at 4PM, no symptoms until 4AM then I had about 12 hours of flu-like symptoms, low-grade fever, diarrhea, upset stomach, headache, fatigue.  At 4PM on 1/23 I felt alright, but had a hard, swollen lymph node in my left armpit (got injection in left arm) 1/23-1/25. I did keep an hour-by-hour log of my side effects in case you want extreme detail 😅.  I've been getting poor sleep this week, but I'm not sure if that's due to the vaccine or life stressors.

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

Moderna #1 thus far. Got it on 1/16/21. Second dose scheduled for 2/13/21.

For me, after shot #1 I had mild fatigue for about 24 hours and arm pain/soreness for 36 hours. It felt like I'd gotten the tetanus shot - when I tell folks you will likely fell like someone punched you in the arm HARD. 

 

caretakerofkids, RN

Specializes in School Nurse. Has 24 years experience.

Received my first dose of Moderna on 1/6/21 in my left arm.  My left arm was sore and had some numbness in my left hand the day of the shot.  The following day, my left arm was VERY sore and heavy (significantly more sore than I've ever had with any immunization), but I managed with Ibuprofen/Tylenol and by day 3 I was fine.

Second dose is scheduled for 2/3/21.  I have talked to several people that have gotten their second shot, and they have said the side effects of the second dose were much worse for them.  I'm hoping I will get lucky, but I have prepared my school that I may need off the day of and the day after my next dose!

I'm thankful I was able to get mine!

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

9 minutes ago, caretakerofkids said:

Received my first dose of Moderna on 1/6/21 in my left arm.  My left arm was sore and had some numbness in my left hand the day of the shot.  The following day, my left arm was VERY sore and heavy (significantly more sore than I've ever had with any immunization), but I managed with Ibuprofen/Tylenol and by day 3 I was fine.

Second dose is scheduled for 2/3/21.  I have talked to several people that have gotten their second shot, and they have said the side effects of the second dose were much worse for them.  I'm hoping I will get lucky, but I have prepared my school that I may need off the day of and the day after my next dose!

I'm thankful I was able to get mine!

I lucked out that my second dose is first Saturday of our February break. So I can ride any common side effects.

I did warn my school head the other day that as we do vaccinate educators we need to be prepared that some of them may need to miss school for a day or so due to common/normal side effects. 

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

First Moderna dose on 1/15 at 11am, left arm; The shot itself was painless, arm sore about 6hours later (a 1-2 out of 10). The raised, red, shape of the dot bandaid, which I removed after about an hour, suddenly appeared after I showered that night! By 10pm, my arm soreness had shot up to about a 4-5 and stayed there through the next day;  It was hard to lift my arm above heart level, and pressure on it was very painful. I slept poorly as a result. The next day, I was very tired, but I have chronic fatigue due to 2 autoimmune conditions, and slept poorly. I also worked hard that day at Job #2, so I don't feel it is entirely fair to attribute the fatigue to the vaccine. My arm was still super sore, but it did not prevent me from doing any aspect of my job. I ended up taking a prescribed NSAID for my back pain and that took away 90% of the arm pain as well, and the second day after was a breeze. On day 3 after dose #1, the lymph nodes in my left axilla and left sided cervical lymph nodes became tender and they've been so ever since. I have not been able to palpate them, however, and there's no redness or swelling. I've only heard from one other person that they had lymph node involvement, so I'm curious if others have!

I started a biologic this past week, so I'm a little nervous for dose #2. I've been hearing that it's been more rough more consistently for people on immune suppressants.

BunnyBunnyBSNRN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in School Nursing, Ambulatory Care, etc.. Has 13 years experience.

First Moderna on 12/30 - no issues other than the arm soreness for like 2 or 3 days.

Second Moderna on 1/27 (yesterday) - no real issues until this morning.  I finally took 400mg IBU at 1015 when I couldn't stop shaking.  Temp was 99.7F.  So I finally stopped shaking at around 1045 - of course I have multiple layers and my space heater going.  My my lower back and knees hurt and I have a slight headache.  Waiting for the Motrin to wear off to see how it goes.  And, yes, I am at work.

Eleven011

Specializes in Home Health,Dialysis, MDS, School Nurse. Has 20+ years experience.

I got the Moderna.   First shot was 12/ 29 - only symptom was a very sore arm the next day.   Felt like I was punched HARD!     I got my second shot yesterday, 1/27, at 4pm.   Arm was getting sore by the time I went to bed.   I slept OK, but was aware that my arm was hurting pretty bad.  By the time I arrived at work, I had the chills, body aches and headache.   My temp reached 100.8 at its highest.   I put on layers and am sticking it out.  Its 1:30, my temp has lowered to where I can take off my coat, LOL, and my body aches are better.    I still have a headache.   I'm off at 2 pm today.   Yay!   

KKEGS, MSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience.

First dose of Moderan on 1/18.  Really sore arm, like others have said, for about 36 hours but no other symptoms.  I have heard shot #2 is worse so I am prepared to feel crappy for a little while.

Glitternurse, LVN

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 4 years experience.

I got Moderna #1 1/13. Several hours with no side effects, then increasing (r) arm pain by bed time my shoulder was sore with some joint pain, all tolerable. I took ibu before bed, I woke up 1/14 with injection site soreness, no shoulder pain. That evening I had a headache and fatigue. I took ibu and went to bed early. 1/15 woke up with only decreasing injection site discomfort with mild redness and slight injection site swelling. By the morning of 1/18 no redness or swelling, no discomfort (except when my husband was being funny and poked my arm). I am scheduled for #2 on 2/10.

My husband got his first Moderna this past Monday 1/25. He had mild injection site soreness about 4 hours after his injection that continued through 1/26, then nothing.

Cattz, ADN

Specializes in School Nurse. Having conversations with littles.. Has 35 years experience.

Thank you. These are all great responses. I got my Pfizer #1 1/15. I was super fatigued days 4,5,6. Had strange low back pain about the same days. A little sore arm. But not much. Was glad to finally get the shot. 

I have already heard many different comments and preferences of if staff members will or won't take the shot. I can hardly wait for the whininess to start for when staff members take the shot. 🙄🙄

FixerofUhohs

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 46 years experience.

I got my first Moderna vaccine on 1/6/21. My arm was sore, like with the flu shot. No other side effects. OK, maybe I was a little more fatigued than usual, but I've also been super busy. I'm scheduled for my second on the 3rd; heard that that is worse, so I'm not looking forward to it. 

Oh, and did I mention my first grandbaby was born on 1/7; got the news during a zoom staff meeting and my phone blew up with all of the texts I sent out. So maybe that's why I was fatigued; from all of the excitement!

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

Just got my #Moderna, had been scheduled for Feb 10 but got a call last night! Whoo hoo!

kidzcare

Has 5 years experience.

19 hours ago, Cattz said:

 

I have already heard many different comments and preferences of if staff members will or won't take the shot. I can hardly wait for the whininess to start for when staff members take the shot. 🙄🙄

We haven't had any staff (at least at my building) complaining! There are 23 buildings so I'm not sure how other buildings are faring. But we've started vaccinating staff as of 1/7. I was able to give some of the vaccine to staff members too and most people were nervous but happy to be getting it. 

I received the Moderna vaccine on 1/7 (first staff member in my district to get it!). I had very mild (less than my flu shot) in my arm for 2-3 days when I lifted above heart level and a mild headache the day after injection. I get frequent mild headaches but I think this was related to the vaccine since it was on the back of my head as opposed to my temple which is where I usually have headaches. 

Second dose should be next week! I'm hoping it doesn't get delayed due to lack of supply in my county. I'm worried about more severe symptoms for the second shot but ready to take the following day off work  just in case. 

cowboysandangels, BSN

Specializes in Peds. Has 21 years experience.

First Pfizer on 1/6, sore at site for about 24 hours, 1 week later I had a rather yellow area surrounding the site (even though I never bruised).  Second dose on 1/26, site was much more sore but no other symptoms.  

ajessrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-surg/school nursing. Has 13 years experience.

1st dose of pfizer mid december and 2nd beginning of January. Only had a sore arm for a day or so just like when I get my flu shot. I was fortunate and didn't have any other side effects. 

AllyAreYouOK, RN

Specializes in NICU, School Nursing. Has 18 years experience.

Moderna

1st dose 12/26- mild arm soreness and fatigue

2nd dose 1/27- mild arm soreness, fever of 102/chills/fatigue/SOB 1/28/21, resolved today (1/29/21)