First COVID-19 Vaccination: Excitement and Side Effects

The Volunteer Shift

This past weekend I volunteered at Phoenix Municipal Stadium so I could get vaccinated. Technically I didn’t have to do this since anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for vaccination in Arizona, but I felt it’d be morally wrong to skip out on the shift I had already committed to.

I was up by 5:00AM and on site by 6:00AM. I helped people check in and got sunburned on my shoulders. At the end of my 6 hour shift I got vaccinated. I felt so relieved, albeit tired, to finally get over this pandemic. I know we’re still far from the end, but getting vaccinated is a step in the right direction. I even felt hopeful and started to think about traveling. I’m not planning anything yet, but I hope life will be a little bit back to normal by fall of this year.

The Side Effects

The only symptoms I’ve had after the shot were fatigue and a headache. However, there’s no real way for me to know for sure that these happened from the vaccine. I think the headache was a symptom of dehydration from being outside in the heat all day, and the tiredness could be related to my anemia. My arm was a little bit sore, but no more than a flu shot. The second day I had no soreness in my arm, but still felt really tired all day.

The Future

I’m really hopeful for the future. I know it’s going to take time and travel won’t be easy for a while, but I’m glad many people are choosing to get vaccinated. We’ve all had a year taken away from us, let’s hope that the future has a much brighter outcome.

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