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With the emergence of vaccines for the viral pathogen that wreaked havoc around the world, people are sighing with relief.

However, we're not out of the woods yet.

With vaccines not yet widely available, the first batch in the U.S. will be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents, according to the CDC.

So far based on those who have already received the first of the two jabs required for effectiveness – including those who are participating in clinical trials – comparisons to the flu shot were prevalent .

Redditor WaveJam asked strangers on the internet:

"[Serious] People who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, how are you doing?"
Here is what to expect as large quantities of the vaccine gradually becomes widely available and we finally inch back towards a safer and familiar way of living.

"Snored Like A Wildebeest"

"Had the first one about 36 hours ago, fine so far. Slight dull ache in the arm but no worse than what I get with the flu jab each year."

"I also snored like a wildebeest last night, but I'm sure that's unrelated."


"As an update, arm soreness pretty much gone, no headache or any other side effect so far. Couple of people I work with are the same, no other side effects as of yet."

"Also the wife said there was no snoring last night, and whilst she didn't bat an eye, she did poke me in it that night as was snoring right in her face allegedly."


In The Phase III Trial

"I'm in the Johnson and Johnson phase III trial so officially I don't know whether I've had the vaccine or a placebo. Had the first jab about 2 weeks ago and had a mild reaction (slightly raised temperature, muscles ached, headache) from 7 to 22 hours after the injection. Similar to when you have a flu shot, nothing more. Absolutely fine within 24 hours after the injection. I'll have the 2nd jab in another 2 weeks time."


The A** Kicker

"Fine, but it kind of kicked my a** for the first day and a half. Moreso than any other vaccine I remember. I got mine as part of a study on AstraZeneca's AZD1222 vaccine, which is fundamentally different from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being rolled out in the US and UK right now. So maybe the immune reaction to those isn't as strong."


Feeling Bad For A Day

"I'm in the Pfizer trial and received the second dose in September. About 24 hours after the first injection I felt pretty tired. I went to bed and felt fine the next day. About 4 hours after the second injection I felt like complete trash. Fever, chills, headache, body aches, but nothing respiratory or digestive issues. Laid in bed for a day, woke up the next day feeling perfectly fine! Yeah, I felt bad for a day, but that's nothing compared to the peace of mind that I have."


Very Sore Arm

"Got mine this morning, now back to work. Arm stings a little so far, will update if things get worse."

"Edit: arm is very sore, much more sore than it typically gets after the annual flu vaccine. Also developed a nasty headache."



"I'm in the Pfizer trial and got the shots in August and September. It was no big deal: my arm was sore for a bit each time. My reaction was so mild that I wondered if I'd gotten the placebo, but then my partner got sick and I was heavily exposed to the virus at home: during that time I got multiple negative test results and never got a symptom. I still follow social distancing, of course, but I'm not really concerned about getting sick anymore, which is an enormous relief."

"I hope everyone who reads this rushes out to get this vaccine as soon as it's available."


Getting Emotional

"Healthcare worker too, I now work as a nurse in a step down ICU/PCU, was in urgent care prior. I got my notice that I'm scheduled to receive my vax in two weeks and I legit bawled like a baby, thinking about all that's happened at work and with my patients this year. I'm doing this for me and for them."


Feeling Great

"I'm doing great! I had the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine through work exactly one week ago today. My arm was sore for about a day and a half, but less sore than the flu vaccine. I don't feel any different than after any other vaccine, or day."

"I'm getting the second dose on New Year's Eve."


"A Little Meh"

"I got my first dose of azd1222 a few weeks ago and get my next dose just after Christmas. I'm fine, felt a little meh on the way home but not any worse than when I get my flu shot. I'm in a trial so I might have gotten the placebo but 2/3rds of the participants get the vaccine so who knows. If you're worried about how the vaccine is because it came out so quick, please keep in mind that a lot of the research done on sars-cov-2 started way back in 05ish with the Sars epidemic in China, that virus was very similar to [the virus] so a lot of the ground work was already done. Also no steps were skipped in development, rather they were done at the same time. Usually you test on cells, then mice, then people (with a LOT of waiting on paperwork in between), but this time they did cells, then mice and people at the same time, and the paperwork didn't wait in limbo. So rest assured no corners were cut and the vaccine wasn't scotch taped together!"


Similar To The Flu Vax

"Hello, I'm a transporter at a hospital in NY . I got the first of two vaccines yesterday. My arm is a bit sore from the shot just like the flu vaccine but that's about it . I feel great."


Tier 1 Employees

I am a pharmacist working for a hospital system. We have recently started vaccinating our "tier 1 employees". The first dose has been very well tolerated. Side effects are similar to when a patient receives the flu vaccine (muscle aches, slight fever, general fatigue).

They are often pretty mild, with many individuals not experiencing any side effects at all. However, the side effects have been skewing towards being a bit more prominent after the second dose of the vaccine. My hospital is actually requiring individuals to have the second dose administered after a shift and when the person does not work for a full 24 hours after the dose is administered. They are also having people come in on days off to receive the second dose. Again, the symptoms are that of the flu, but more people are feeling like they are "actually sick".


Doing great

I've been part of the Oxford trials and am doing great.

Honestly I don't really get the whole anti vaccine movement, bunch of dummies



Perfectly fine! I'm in the Moderna trial, got the shots in the fall. Some soreness and fatigue, more so after the booster. Talked with the doc in charge, I definitely got the real thing. Had several people at my work catch the virus, I'm all good and I'm usually that person that catches everything! I hope everyone who can goes and gets this once it's generally available, the research looks really good.


Plenty of water

I'm in the Moderna trial. And I have been doing great! Just a 24 hour flu-like haze 8 to 16 hours after each shot, but honestly, it goes away easily (a little tylenol or naproxen) and plenty of water and sleep makes the next day a breeze, so please, allow the reaction to wash over you if you get it... and take the following day after the shot off of work. You have earned it, since you've evaded a potentially deadly and randomly intensive disease!



I'm getting it tomorrow at work and I very happy. I can't wait to have the peace of mind knowing I'll be fully immunized in a few weeks. Sadly it won't change the PPE i have to wear at work as i work on a covid floor, so my nose will still be suffering from the N95.

I'll let you know how it goes!


Nothing serious

My arm feels like it's been punched and I'm feeling slightly under the weather, the feeling you get before you catch a cold. Nothing serious


Highly recommend

I'm in the Johnson and Johnson phase I trial and I'm perfectly fine. Only a headache and some back pain for a day after the first injection. I highly recommend taking the vaccine.


Ever since

I'm part of the AstraZeneca trial. I got my first shot a month ago and my second shot last week

Arm was sore for both. About six hours after my first shot, I got the chills. By the morning, I was feeling fine and I've felt normal ever since

Keep in mind: I'm one of 40,000 volunteers and that's just the US part of the AstraZeneca trial. Between all the different vaccines and all the different countries running trials, there are easily a million vaccine volunteers. Nobody getting the vaccine in 2021 should feel like a guinea pig


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