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astra zeneca

*Please note I am not a medical professional, I am simply sharing my own experience with the Astra Zeneca vaccine*

I am so pleased to say that I have had my Covid vaccination! I feel incredibly lucky and positive about the future. So I thought that I’d share my experience for anyone who’s yet to have there’s and is curious about the process and potential side effects. There’s a lot of talk about side effects on social media and in the news at the moment so I hope that my experience can put your mind at ease a little.

I had the Oxford Astra Zeneca jab on Saturday morning, at about 11:30am. I had mine at Sheffield Arena and the whole process was super quick and ran really smoothly. Although I have to say it was very odd going to an arena for a vaccination and not for a concert or to watch Disney on Ice! Hopefully we’ll be back to that soon enough.

When I arrived at the arena my details were taken and I was led to a cubicle where I was given the jab. This didn’t hurt at all, to be honest I didn’t even realise he’d done it. The man explained that I may experience some nausea and flu like symptoms for the next 24 to 48 hours particularly as I’m a young women, apparently they are seeing stronger reactions in younger women with the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Then I had to go and sit in my car for 15 minutes just in case of any adverse reactions. I almost laughed when they told me I needed to put my hazard lights on and beep the horn if I started to feel unwell, can you imagine?! I’d have been mortified. They did however reassure me that this hadn’t happened yet. 

Around 4pm that afternoon I noticed that I felt a bit spaced out and tired but fine other than that. I took paracetamol straight after the jab and then every 4-6 hours following that. I’m not sure if that was the right thing to do or not but that’s what I decided to do, like I said I’m not a medical professional. 

I’d seen people saying that they were feeling unwell around 8-12 hours after the Astra Zeneca vaccination, or waking up feeling ill during the night so I was surprised when I slept well and woke up feeling good on Sunday. Later that morning I started to feel like I had a bit of a hangover, but again nothing too bad. I didn’t bother with paracetamol but regretted that decision at about 5pm when I started to feel a bit achy and generally unwell, like I was coming down with flu. I took paracetamol at this point and those symptoms soon wore off.

On Monday morning I woke up feeling back to my normal self, apart from a slightly sore arm. Again, I’ve seen lots of stories of sore arms but mine just felt a bit bruised to touch, I could still move it around no problem.

All in all not a bad experience and a million times better than risking catching Covid. My advice is to just take paracetamol regularly to take the edge off any symptoms. Worse case scenario, you’ll be unwell for 24 hours or so, but that has to be better than the alternative, right? Of course everyone is different and my experience might not be the same for you, but I hope this reassures you that most of the time the symptoms are manageable and short lived, and not as awful as social media would have you believe.

Roll on May when I can get my second jab and start getting our lives back to some sort of normal.

Thank you for reading.


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