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This week gave me an understanding that Human beings can make any plans they want, but it’s God that decides their success or failure. I never thought I would be getting vaccinated against COVID-19 so early.
It’s been less than a year since the World Health Organization declared this pandemic, and we already have access to vaccines against it all over the world. I am grateful to the government and God almighty, and I am also optimistic for my fellow citizen of the planet earth as the government of every nation has declared that there should be sufficient vaccines for all in 2021.
This has clearly provided us with an opportunity to exit the pandemic, and we need to take the opportunity to get vaccinated with both hands. Today, I will share My COVID Pfizer Vaccination Experience with you and present facts that will hopefully encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as your turn comes.
I was given my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, June 13, 2021, and it was a beautiful experience. As a Trypanophobia person that always been scared of needles, at first it felt like I was about to be executed by firing squad but I was being given a dose of hurtlessness. The nurse who administered my vaccine was as nice as her look, her teeth were pearls and her smile is as bright as the sun, and I didn’t feel any pain at all when the vaccine was given to me. She told me to sit for 15 minutes before I can leave the premises then I went to sleep at the seaside and had a better day. As it grew into the evening, I became lazy. As the night proceeded, I slept like a baby and early the next day, however, I became very hungry and I eat every hour like the Blue Whale. I am currently eating African jollof rice and I’m feeling much braver than before I was vaccinated.
While many see Pfizer common side effects like headache, pain at the injection site, swelling at the injection site, tiredness, chills, joint aches, muscle aches, fatigue, chills and shiver, diarrhoea, fever, arthralgia, myalgia, and nausea.
I was very happy to have lazy and hungry. Knowing that my love for food increase, I realised that my symptoms were a sign that my body was mounting an immune response to the Pfizer vaccine, and therefore, I am developing immunity against COVID-19. If I didn’t get any symptoms after the vaccine, I would have been worried that I may not have mounted an immune response. While most look at the following symptoms as side effects of the vaccine, I look at them as our immune response to the vaccine: sore arm, headache, chills, tiredness, feeling sick, fever, dizziness, weakness and aching muscles.
Now that I have gotten my first Pfizer shot, I will have to get a follow-up booster shot in July. This booster shot primarily seals the deal and strengthens my immune response even further, so that my body is more prepared to combat COVID-19. Currently, my immune system is developing antibodies against the SarsCov2 virus (Coronavirus) and it will take about a couple of weeks for sufficient antibodies to form. While there should be a decent amount of antibodies in about a week from now, the booster shot in July will ramp those antibodies level further up so that I have an extremely strong defence system that is prepared and ready to overwhelm the coronavirus if I get in contact with it.
No, I cannot! As I stated above, my body will take time to prepare a proper immune response against the Coronavirus. During this time, I can still get infected and be affected by COVID-19. In addition, there is a small percentage of people who the vaccine does not work as well as it does in most others. While I am optimistic that the vaccine is efficacious in me because of my symptoms after being vaccinated, I will not leave anything to chance. Therefore, I will still practise social distancing, wear my mask, and practice proper hygiene until enough of us are vaccinated and we can exit the pandemic.
I urge you reading this article now to get vaccinated as soon as your turn arrives and encourage everyone you know to do the same. We are in this together and can only get out if we all play our part and get vaccinated. If more than 25 percent of us choose not to get vaccinated, then we are stuck in this pandemic and we will all continue to suffer for years to come.