You might have guessed it from the title but I just received my second shot. Now I’ll just wait two more weeks inside and I’ll be immune… mostly… and I’ll be able to… continue… to… stay inside. Look, mate… Covid ain’t over yet and uh, I miss the public sauna as much as you do but let’s just all stay safe for a while, okay? Either way, I’m essentially making this post to talk about how the vaccines went and how I felt afterwards and why vaccines are good. And at the end of this, I’d love it if you could share your thoughts on vaccines as well. And I’d love it if we kept it all respectful and super civil in the comment section. And if anyone feels like they will now get their vaccines after reading my post, then I’ll be happy because then my life has had at least one purpose, I guess.
So, essentially, I got my first shot (Astra Zeneca) last month and would have gotten the second AZ shot in September. Luckily, however, I read this article by an official scientist who said that it’s okay to combine AZ with a different mRNA vaccine and that it can even have benefits for youngsters like me. In the end, I decided to hit up the people at the clinic where I took my first shot and hence, I got my second shot today (the 28th of July). So, my first shot was AZ and my second one was BioNTech – and that means that I get the best out of both worlds, essentially. AZ’s first shot is the worse one out of the two. BioNTech’s second shot is the worse one out of the two. Combined that means that I’m in it for a lot of pain.
Now, why exactly do I feel pain? Why exactly do I sweat a lot and why do my muscles hurt? Well, the answer is simple: My immune system is quite good because I’m young and because of that, it fights the vaccine and then it gets used to it… or at least my doctor told me that. My parents have a weak immune system, meaning that they didn’t have any symptoms. My siblings just were lucky. They got knocked out for a day with a fever and then they were good. I was sweating a lot and had a bit of a fever, then I suddenly felt really cold and was shivering. I had to lay low for three days.
What made it worse is that I have these chronic headaches. Every day, I have headaches that don’t go away. They just get worse or they get a bit better and it fluctuates and most of the time I just try to get used to them. The worst headache I ever had was nothing compared to the one from my first shot *BUT* that was mostly because I had my usual *average* headache on top of this headache in my temples that is super annoying because it ramps up over time. Right now, I’m in pain but I don’t want to take more painkillers because I’m scared of using too many. What I’m saying is that no matter what side effects you get, in the end, it’s better than dying or worse, getting long-covid or contracting it to your loved ones.
Before they got vaccinated, I didn’t visit my parents in three months because I live in a hotspot and was scared of bringing it directly to their front door. My city was very bad at the time numbers-wise and my father already is quite fragile with the tumour that can’t be removed and other conditions as well as multiple strokes and all of that. I didn’t want to be the reason that he fucking dies because I love my father. I love my mother. I miss every single one of my siblings. And I care a lot about my neighbours. There were a lot of great, old people in that street that I used to live in and I used to talk to all of them daily before I moved out. I wouldn’t be able to live on with the guilt of potentially killing them with covid. Be it my neighbours, my friends, my siblings, or my parents.
Now, I know that I’m being super dramatic about this but I feel like getting stabbed twice and feeling a few side effects (if you’re unlucky like me, just pray for good RNG) is a lot better than killing people. And what’s sad is… that Covid isn’t over yet. A lot of people are letting their guards down now because the numbers aren’t rising anymore but hey, Delta is around the corner. The new wave may very much come soon. After all, we all can get vaccinated but nobody is fucking doing it. Meanwhile, in Indonesia and other countries, they’d love to get vaccinated but they can’t because there are too many people and not enough vaccines, from what I heard, and Covid is spreading and mutating and then we suddenly get Delta and other virus mutations and variants going. And that sucks. A lot.
So, in the end, wear your masks, keep your distance, wash your hands, don’t touch your faces too much, get your shots and please be respectful and kind towards other people. Also please report fake news. Like, we’ve all seen stuff like the “covid vaccines make you sterile because there are too many people in the world” bullshit or the bullshit about them altering your RNA and controlling your brainwaves using nanobots. Like, just report it or ignore it. Don’t engage with it. Just be good. People want attention because every single bit of attention they get means that they receive more power, just like trolls.
Anyway, that was it for the post. I feel horrible but it should pass in a few days. Just normal side effects that you can feel from other vaccines, too. I’ll get over it. If you had any experience with vaccines, good or bad, share them, talk about them, discuss them. Just be civil. Don’t attack people. Feel free to share your experiences with the shots. Are you done with them already? Do you plan on getting vaccinated? Let me know! Either way, I hope you enjoyed this post. I know it’s not the best post I’ve ever written but I felt the need to share this with anyone that may care about it. I felt the need to talk about vaccines and my stance on it. I may have been a tad emotional here and there but I care about the people that I may end up killing. Hence, I got my vaccines.