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    avatarFyodor
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    @Wendy did you have a strong reaction to the first shot? Supposedly people with previous illness have particularly strong reactions to the first injection as their bodies have an existing immune defense.

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    avatarKate
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    Crap, I wish you only needed one condition here.

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    avatarKate
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    I don’t know exactly what my brother weighs now, but by a conservative estimate his BMI is over 50.

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    avatarDear Wendy
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    Fyodor, I’ve heard that, too, about a strong reaction to the first shot for people who’ve had previous infections. I get my shot tomorrow, but Drew got his yesterday and he feels totally fine so far aside from a sore arm. How about your wife?

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    avatarDear Wendy
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    It’s frustrating that MA requires two comorbidities, Kate! It would make more sense to do like a hierarchy of comorbities or one comorbidity plus a public-facing job or something like that.

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    avatarFyodor
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    The Bride was sore all over for a day and pretty fatigued, sleeping five or six hours during the afternoon of the following day. But she felt fine by day 3.

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    avatarktfran
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    My sister, works at a healthcare clinic, got both of her shots. She had a big egg-like welt on her arm for a couple of weeks after her first. I think it’s happening most w/ moderna. The second, she was nauseous and said her skin hurt to the touch for about a day.

    My girlfriend had a 104 degree temp and was sick for about 36 hours after her second, then felt fine. Her husband had no side effects. My dad didn’t either. They’ve both had the two shots.

    The husband and I are in the same boat as Kate. With no underlying conditions and working for a consulting firm, we’re low on the vaccine totem pole.

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    avatarDear Wendy
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    I have also heard that people who get the Moderna report stronger reactions to the first shot than those who get Pfizer. Nearly everyone I know – but not 100% – had some kind of reaction to the second shot, regardless of which one it was. People over 65 and people with higher BMI seem to report less reaction though.

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    avatarveritek33
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    My parents – 65 and 67 – both had no reaction to the first shot (pfizer). I had more of a reaction to my whooping cough vaccine than they did to their shots. And these are two diabetics and one has heart problems. I’m curious to see if they react to the second shot.

    My boss has a BMI over 40 so she qualified through our workplace to get the shot, also pfizer, and has had both shots with no reaction.

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    avatarCopa
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    I think how people react is a crapshoot. My dad (69) and grandma (98) both got the Moderna vaccine and neither reacted to either shot. My mom (also 69) got the first dose of the Moderna and has been fine. My boyfriend’s coworkers are all vaccinated and reactions have varied regardless of which vaccine they received. Boyfriend got Pfizer and the second dose took him out for maybe 36-48 hours (chills, aches, fatigue, headache). His boss also got the Pfizer vaccine, she’s probably in her 50s and was fine. Two of his coworkers who got Moderna had no symptoms aside from a sore arm. My therapist got Moderna and said that she was tired after the first shot, though not exhausted after, and she has sensitive skin, so she had some kind of skin reaction (apparently this is how she reacts to just about all shots and many skincare products, so not a surprise). A friend’s parents both got Pfizer and her dad had zero symptoms, her mom had a low-grade fever and some other mild symptoms for almost a full week. My sister’s co-worker’s wife, a physician, had back pain so bad from Pfizer that she was admitted to the hospital. I have heard that younger people react more to the second dose, but who knows if that’s true. I think it’s wise for people to assume they’ll have some kind of reaction and try to plan accordingly.

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    avatarMaterialsGirl
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    My arm was just sore for about 3 days ( i received the Moderna shot).

    Back at work.. it’s fine. Kinda like riding a bike. Whats harder (but again, it’s all about prep work) is getting two kids and myself out the door every morning.

    @veritek: I would recommend 3 months. More time is better. you are not ready at 8 weeks. I did about 60 hours of WFH crap scattered throughout that 3 months in order to have SOME sort of money coming in, and had saved vacation/sick time as well. Through short term disability, i was paid at 70% for 6 weeks (WAY BETTER THAN MY FIRST LEAVE, i was paid 30%?), I had one week sick, two weeks vacation, then 3 weeks part time to round out the 12 weeks.
    Also, someone told me to do this and I highly recommend it: don’t start back to work on a monday. Start on a wednesday or something so you’re not going into a full week of crap right away.

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    avatarBittergaymark
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    I don’t believe my parents had much in the way of reaction to either of their two rounds of shots. Now… They aren’t big complainers. But they have said nothing about their vaccinations other than that they went smoothly with little wait times.

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