The after effects of Pfizer’s 2nd dose of injection

The ideal window for the 2nd jab is within 21 days but my batch of 6 people were deferred to a different date because of work commitment. But it is still within the 42 days stretch permissible. After the 1st dose, I only had minor discomfort on my injected arm but the 2nd dose made a quite an impact.

The effect started exactly 24 hours after the 2nd dose.

I had my shot in the evening around 3pm. When I woke up the next day, it was just that recognizable discomfort on my arm. Later on in the afternoon, I felt some body ache. A mild one cause I was still able to go to work. I was still able to joke around. But things got worse later in the afternoon. Coincidentally I had to wear the PPE as I had to take some PCR samples from suspected people with Covid-19. throughout the sampling I was OK but after – I felt like I had been hit by a lorry. That is the expression somehow Malaysians use when they describe severe muscle pain. Not that they’ve been hit by one and survived anyway. Or is it a universal expression? I don’t know.

My body was heating up. I had to use my kids paracetamol since I couldn’t find an adult tablet. After my shower, I felt stiff as in I just want to lie down on the bed and watch Youtube (hehe..). And so I did for about half an hour. After that, I went to the kitchen to cook dinner in slow motion. I was dying for a home cooked meal even though I am not a terrific one at it. I managed to cook up a spread of Basmathi rice, scrambled eggs with mushroom, fried chicken and vegetable soup. After the meal, I continued to lie on the bed stretching my body like a kitty cat and ended up having an early turn in for the night.

I wanted to report the symptoms on Mysejahtera but found out that the button is not available. Not to find fault with it but more of a notification so that the vaccine provider could collect this data and analyse the stats. This means I need to report it on the website under consumer vaccine report. I woke up this morning feeling better though. Even the discomfort on my arm has worn off. I guess the worst part of the 2nd dose is over.

A Vaccine EduTalk

It took me 1 night to get my slides together and another 1 night to polish my speech throughout the slide show. I was preparing for a 1 hour talk although it really came down to only 30 minutes on that day. The outline of my talk included an overview of the PICK policy which is Malaysia’s mass vaccination programme, the nature of the COVID-19 disease and a touch on the vaccine. Highlighting more of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine since that is the one we are getting for Phase 1.

I will be part of the Vaccinator Team for Phase 1. Which means I will be among the first few who will be vaccinated TODAY. It will be an opportunity for the team to go through the system, walk with the flow and see where our potential pitfalls are. As a patient myself, I think it matters where we sit and how long we wait. It is those little logistics that will contribute to the success or failure of the activity carried out. Of course, having a fantastic leadership is important too. I will update on how it goes in my other blog post later.

On a less informal initiative, I recorded a video of myself in a non moving car talking about the same thing. Only, it is presented in the Sarawakian Malay dialect. Hoping to educate my relatives, family and friends who is more well versed in the language. Not really the general public of Sarawak. Ha ha.

The vaccine is not compulsary.

As we are also aware that there no data on the safety of it onto certain populations especially the pregnant and lactating mothers and children. Those with severe allergies are also not advisable to get the vaccine.

The aim is to get at least 70% population coverage by next year for the herd immunity to work.

My take on this is as a social responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves and those who do not have loved ones to do it for them.

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Prime Minister of Malaysia taking his vaccine shot. I admire the stability of this senior nurses hand – I wouldn’t be able to do the same.. her technique is clinical ART!!