I got the COVID-19 vaccine today.

A photograph of my COVID-19 vaccination record card.

This week, my wife and I had a staycation, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The weatherman predicted a mid-week snowstorm. Thursday morning, I woke up to 9 inches of snow. To make things even more interesting, I received an email offering to schedule the COVID-19 vaccine… and there was an appointment available the next day at 7:10 AM!! I could not believe it!!

I was fortunate to be in the first group of people to get the vaccine because I see COVID-positive patients in the hospital. It could not come at a better time because I was starting 4-weeks of hospital next week.

Friday morning I arrived at Sacred Heart Hospital around 6:55 AM. There was about half a dozen people ahead of me.

I received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was just like receiving any other vaccine. Afterwards, I received two cards. The first was a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record. The second had the time I could leave the monitoring area and schedule the second dose.

12 hours in: I am experiencing common side effects of pain and swelling at the site of the injection. It is mild. I have no fever, chills, tiredness, or headache.

24 hour in: The pain and swelling over the area where I got the shot has decreased significantly overnight.

30 hour in: Mild headache for 3 hours. According to this CDC page, the impact of Tylenol and anti-inflammatory medications on vaccine-induced antibody response is not available at this time. Since the headache didn’t go away after lunch, I will take two tablets of Tylenol Extra Strength (500 mg each).

40 hour in: Mild headache returned, so I took two more tablets of Tylenol Extra Strength (500 mg each).

48 hour in: Injection site pain and headache have resolved.

19 days in: I received the second dose. I had some muscle aches 24 hours after. It lasted a day or two. Tylenol helped.

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