I address you with a heart of gratitude today, thankful for the human ingenuity that developed a vaccination so quickly for COVID-19 and on a personal note, thankful that my side effects were much more mild the second round than the first.
Thoughts On My Second COVID-19 Vaccination And A Return To Travel
On Wednesday, I received my second Pfizer-BioNTech jab. After my adverse reaction to the first dose of the vaccine (including nausea, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain), I was expecting a similar reaction this time around. In fact, I cleared my schedule for two days anticipating I’d need to take it easy.
The vaccine was administered around 10:30am. By lunchtime, I was still feeling fine. By late afternoon, I was still feeling fine and even went to the gym and spent an hour there (and did an intense workout, not just cardio). By evening, I was starting to feel pain and soreness at the injection point, but that was it. I took an Advil and went to bed.
I was truly bracing myself to wake up feeling horrible, but I woke up feeing fine. In fact, the muscle soreness had even diminished.
Some of you predicted this would happen because I already had COVID-19 and likely already had COVID-19 antibodies (though I did not check) before my first jab.
Just like passing a difficult exam, the feeling of relief after receiving the second dose cheered me up sufficiently to take away several hours of my time to plan a trip to Central America.
That trip is still only in planning phases and more generally, I realize that a vaccination is not a “get out of jail” pass, at least in terms of virus transmission. While I may be relatively low-risk at this time, new variants of the virus appear more versatile at spreading and more resistant to vaccinations.
All that to say, I was heartened to see thousands of people vaccinated with my own eyes. I am happy that the projections are looking better each day and that we may be able to more easily travel internationally as the year unfolds. I am elated that more businesses will soon be able to re-open and small business owners will begin a long recovery from the devastating past year.
This pandemic has been going on for more than a year now. We’re all weary…my blog stories and travel patterns perhaps demonstrate that I am particularly weary of it. But while it may be with us each year like the flu, the coronavirus will not destroy us.
It also will not destroy our innate longing and indeed human need for fellowship, something that we have forsaken far too long. Oh how I long for the day when we can all gather again!
I’ll still mask up and distance. I’m still going to practice good hygiene. But whatever my vaccinations objectively achieve, they subjectively provide relief and move us one step closer toward a return to normalcy.