I Got a COVID Booster Shot, and Then This Happened

In March, I was fortunate to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I can truly say I’ll never forget how I felt that day. The sense of relief, the gratitude, the hope that I could soon start to see friends and family again, and the peace of mind that I wouldn’t be spreading the disease to others…I was a bundle of emotions.

I had a similar feeling recently when the CDC announced that recipients of the J&J vaccine were authorized to get booster shots. As effective as it is, the J&J vaccine has shown to be the weaker of the three vaccines available in the US, so I was getting a bit antsy about the booster.

Fortunately, vaccine.gov helped me find that local pharmacies were already accepting appointments for folks like me. Megan and I went to a nearby Walgreens on Sunday, got our shots, and headed home, prepared for a lazy Sunday full of side effects.

I’m happy to share, however, that the side effects never came. Sure, our arms are sore, and we each had minor side effects arise after a few days (mostly just more tired than normal as our bodies produce antibodies), but otherwise we’re fine. Perhaps its the massive psychological boost that we’re now better protected for ourselves and the people around us, but hey, I’ll take it!

Also, even if we had felt under the weather for a day (which we didn’t), it’s such a small price to pay, especially given that there are so many people in the world who haven’t had access even to their first shot yet.

Have you gotten your COVID vaccine booster yet? If not, I highly recommend it!

10 thoughts on “I Got a COVID Booster Shot, and Then This Happened”

  1. Getting a phizer booster on Friday. Like you I got J&J and was a little on edge going out and about. Glad to be able to get this and feeling better.

  2. Jamey,

    I have to say that the government’s response has been phenomenal, and as a federal employee, I’ve been quite impressed with the speed and availability of the both the original vaccination and the roll-out for the booster, which I’ll get next week.


  3. Glad you had a good experience. I recently had a breakthrough case of covid despite a Pfizer vaccine. Boosters are a really good idea! And if you’re flying… consider a proper N95 mask. I’m pretty sure my cloth mask was what let me down on a recent flight.

    • I’m sorry to hear about that, Ian–I hope you’re okay. When we flew recently, we double-masked it (N95 next to our face, clothe on top).

  4. Congratulations on your booster shot.

    We’ve just had boosters approved here in Australia, and I should be eligible for a third Pfizer shot on the 17th of December.

    Given that our state will eventually open its borders and let COVID in (hopefully once we’re at about 90% vaccinated), it will be very comforting to be triple-vaxxed before I step in front of students for the 2022 Western Australian school year at the start of February.

    It’ll be a while before I stop being careful in general, though — vaccine or not.


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