The COVID vaccine

I got my first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine 12/30/2020.

I like to say that I ended 2020 on a high note and entered 2021 with the hope that this vaccine will keep me and my family safe during the pandemic.

I’ve been asked a few questions about the vaccine so I thought I’d share my answers here.

1. Why did I get the vaccine?

I got it because the benefit outweighs the risks. The science shows it’s effective and I want to be sure that I do all that I can to keep my family safe. The benefit of reducing my risk of infection and death from COVID outweighed the fear of possible side effects.

2. Did I have any side effects?

Yep. My arm was sore for a week (I’d say it was a little bit more painful than a tetanus shot), I had a headache that day, and I had a couple of dizzy spells.

But if I can reduce the risk of giving COVID to my daughter with asthma, then experiencing those side effects meant little to nothing to me.

3. When do I get my second dose?

January 28, 2021. Because I received Moderna, the 2nd dose is 28 days later. The Pfizer vaccine only requires a 21 day interim.

4. Is it worth getting the vaccine when there’s a new strain out?

Yes. It will still provide some coverage. I get the flu shot every year because I trust the efficacy and I believe that the flu shot saved my daughter from serious complications and a hospitalization last year. I even wrote a blog about it haha. Likewise, I trust science and I trust this vaccine.

5. Do you prefer the Modena or the Pfizer vaccine?

I don’t have a preference. I got the Moderna because that’s what was available to me at the time. I’ve known numerous people who got Pfizer and they’re doing well too.

As soon as your able, please go and get your vaccine! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ve had a few phone calls regarding the vaccine and I’m happy to answer all of your questions!

Lastly, I want to thank God and give praise for this vaccine and the opportunity to get the vaccine.

Remember that all good and wonderful things come from God above. James 1:17

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