Corona Chronicles #7 – My first jab

May 10, 2021

It’s the afternoon of Friday 7 May and I’m wondering what I should post about on Monday 10 May because I know I need to make a start on it.  I’m feeling very tired and don’t have the energy for a post that requires research, a lot of thought, editing of photos etc, so I decide to mark the occasion of my first AstraZeneca Covid jab as part of the Corona Chronicles series, and let you know how it went!

I am part of the 1b phase of Australia’s Vaccination Rollout Strategy due to having an Immunoglobulin A Deficiency.  However, as of 3 May over 50’s, as part of the 2a phase, have the green light to start booking your appointments!

Here’s how my first jab experience has been.

Wednesday 5 May 

My appointment was for 2:30pm. I got there a little early to allow time to fill in the paperwork.  Not sure exactly what time I got the jab but let’s just say it was 2:30pm.

I felt fine all afternoon and even when I went to bed.

Thursday 6 May

I woke up at 1:30am shivering.  I was cold and my bones were aching.  I got up, went to the loo, took some Panadol and then back into bed.  Lots of shivering. I obviously had a fever.  Eventually I got back to sleep.

I woke a little later than I usually do since I’d been awake in the wee hours.  I wasn’t shivering anymore and my bones weren’t aching.  

The rest of this day I had a mild temp (don’t know what it was because I don’t have an operating thermometer) and felt tired and lethargic.  I  took Panadol and rested on the bed most of the day. 

I posted about having my first Covid jab on Facebook as I think that sharing our experiences with the AstraZeneca jab might help allay some of the fear that is around.

Friday 7 May

I woke up feeling fine!  I felt well all day but a little tired and weary, especially in the second half of the day. Here’s what I posted to my Insta stories on this day.

Saturday 8 May

A little tired but otherwise I felt just fine!

Sunday 9 May

It’s Mother’s Day!  I was served breakfast in bed and later went over to have lunch with Mum.  I felt fine all day.

I have to say that I feel enormous relief to finally have some protection on board.  My next jab is booked for the same time on 28 July.  Meanwhile, my Mum is due to have her first vaccination this week and I’ll be going along and staying with her for a few days to be sure all is aok.

Have you had one or two Covid Vaccinations yet?  Booked for your jab soon?  If you’ve had a jab, let us know how it went for you in the comments below. 

Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 10, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Glad it went well – most of my friend’s have had no side effects but one 46 year old friend was really nausous for 4 days…

    • Reply Min May 10, 2021 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Lydia – I’m glad the first one is done and dusted. Your poor friend – nauseous is the worst. Ugh!

  • Reply Natalie May 10, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Congrats , Min, on your first covid-19 vaccine! Glad you’re fine. I had mine in April and had no side effects. Hope you’ve had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. #lifethisweek

    • Reply Min May 10, 2021 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Natalie – glad you were fine with yours too! Mother’s Day was lovely, thank you!

  • Reply Deborah Cook May 10, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I could probably qualify given my heart issues but am leaving mine for a bit as it’s not as readily available here yet so I know oldies are still waiting for theirs. I think a vaccination hub is opening this week so that should take some pressure of the poor GPs.

    My mum was fine but I stayed with her a few days after to make sure.

    Thanks for sharing your experience Min.

    • Reply Min May 10, 2021 at 11:50 am

      I hope the vaccination hub happens up your way too Deb. The pressure on GPs has been a bit unfair I feel. I’m so glad all was ok for your Mum. My Mum gets hers on Thursday and I’ll be going with her and staying a few days to be sure all is ok.

  • Reply Leanne | May 10, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Hi Min – glad it went well and has put your mind at rest with the added protection it offers. We’re not having ours yet, being in a smaller country area, having no co-morbidities, no desire to travel, and having no covid at all in our area means that we’re happy for the vaccine to go to those who need it more.

    • Reply Min May 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Leanne – I can completely understand your reasoning for waiting a while for yours. Different situation for me though – living closer to the city and with three of my household going to and from the city every day for work, and of course with me having an immune deficiency. It does provide me with a lot of relief to have the 1st vac under my belt now. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris May 10, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    This is good to know Min, I’m glad to hear you are feeling well. I’ll be having mine soon 🙂

    • Reply Min May 12, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      Hope all goes well for you when you have yours Deb xo

  • Reply Susanne May 10, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Oh YES to the Covid jab! I’m happy for everyone who receives it. I’m still waiting but it will happen soon, finally vaccination programme is moving forward quite fast. I actually could have been vaccinated already through my GP because I have coeliac disease and another autoimmune condition. But when I received the text message, I didn’t believe it (because my conditions have never been listed as high risk anywhere else) and presumed it was a scam! Only later did I find out it was real. So annoying! 🤦‍♀️ They will text me again when they have another delivery… we’ll see if that or the age group vaccination comes first.

    • Reply Min May 12, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      LOL lesson learned Susanne – never make assumptions! Hopefully you’ll get yours soon. I’ll be pleased when my 2nd one is over & done with but very glad to have at least had my first one.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey May 11, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Thanks for posting this Min. I haven’t had the jab yet or booked in for it. I’m glad you’re feeling well but it is a reminder that I might need to time the jab to allow for any side effects.

    • Reply Min May 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Yes I’d clear the calendar for a couple of days just in case. I cancelled out of pilates that I’d ordinarily have gone to the day after and kept my calendar clear for a few days and very glad I did.

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 11, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Yay you! Haven’t had it yet but almost everyone I know in the UK has had it. Their anecdotal experience suggests that younger people seem to have more of a reaction to the jab and that if you have a reaction to their first jab you’ll be fine with the second or vice versa! I just registered for mine 🙂

    • Reply Min May 12, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      The UK has done a fabulous job of rolling out their vaccine strategy. Yes the younger you are the more of a reaction you have. My doctor tells me that is because the younger you are, the stronger your immune system and the stronger the immune response to the vaccine. I’m hoping my second jab will have no reaction. We shall see! Hope all goes well for you when you get yours xo

  • Reply Laurie May 11, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Yay for the vaccine! Sorry you had a bad reaction but it’s definitely better than worrying about getting COVID. I have had both of my shots (Pfizer). After the first one, I just had a little sore arm. After the 2nd one, I felt fine the next day, but 2 days after the shot, I was sooooo tired! A little headache, but nothing terrible. I am ready to begin getting back to normal.

    • Reply Min May 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm

      My reaction wasn’t so bad. Just a few shivers and aches through the night, a bit of a mild temp the day after, and tired for a few days. I can handle that! It’s certainly a much better option than getting Covid! It’ll be interesting to see how I react to the 2nd jab. Good to hear you’ve had both your shots and Pfizer too! Tiredness and headaches seems to be a common theme amongst reactions for both vaccines. Good you’ve had both. I’ll get my 2nd on 28 July and by August I’ll be home and hosed (so to speak)!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan May 12, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Good post on the ups and downs of the jab but so glad you had it. My GP today was telling me some of the media is spreading rubbish about risks and it’s totally out of proportion. She also said, even having had the jab “IF” you got covid it would be much milder. Sometimes social media can get stuff out of proportion. We both went well back in late March and our 12 week gap is up on 17 June.

    Thanks so much for linking up for Life This Week, reading the post on Knowing by my husband Bernard and for your kind words. He tells me, despite earlier thoughts, that he would like another go at this blog thing sometime this year. Looking forward to seeing your post for Share Your Snaps (optional of course!) next Monday, 17 May 2021. Denyse

    • Reply Min May 24, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Denyse. So much more has happened since I wrote this post. Now they’re going to be bringing Moderna and NovaVax to Australia to add to the vaccination choices. I agree that the fears about AZ have got a bit out of hand. I’m very glad I have one dose on board and I’ll be even gladder when I get the second one done. You just never know when another outbreak could happen. People should not be complacent and as soon as they are eligible – get the jab I say! I do hope Bernard does another post – it was lovely to read his words! xo

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