I Got My First Covid-19 Dose, No GPS Included

I’ve heard so many weird conspiracies about the Covid-19 vaccine. From the GPS chips that somehow can survive in liquid to one of of the ingredients being the blood of aborted babies. Both of these claims are absolutely baseless and have no proof if their true or not. Instead these conspiracies are extremely toxic and the deeper you read into them the crazier they get. So I’ll just leave it at that. The Covid-19 vaccines are here and it has been approved for use by many countries around the world to fight back against people contracting this deadly virus. I want to talk about my experience with getting the first dose and how I have felt in the first 24 hours. Its good to note that everyone’s body is different so my experience my differ from yours. Before going into that lets first go over what this vaccine is and what it actually protects against & what it doesn’t.

The Moderna Vaccine

Lets first understand the basics about the Moderna Vaccine before I go into how my experience is going with my first dose. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no WHO or FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as of yet. This is probably why many are skeptical about the vaccines. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine contains the following ingredients: messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine,
tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose. I’m not going to pretend I know what all of this is, but you are welcome to go ahead and do your own research of all these ingredients. Lets go over a few of them though:

  1. Messanger RNA (Ribonucleic Acid): People take RNA/DNA combinations to improve memory and mental sharpness, treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, treat depression, increase energy, tighten skin, increase sex drive, and counteract the effects of aging.
  2. Hydrochrloride: Betaine hydrochloride is also used to treat abnormally low levels of potassium (hypokalemia), hay fever, “tired blood” (anemia), asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), yeast infections, diarrhea, food allergies, gallstones, inner ear infections, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and thyroid disorders.
  3. Tromethamine: This is an acid blood reducer. It can correct acid levels in the body following heart surgery or cardiac arrest.

As you can see these ingredients have been used for many other types of medicines that treat other types of medical situations. The Moderna Vaccine had over 15,000 individuals aged 18 and over go through the clinical trials with at least one dose before it was approved for use. So what are the side effects of this vaccine. There is mild and severe side effects that can happen.

Mild Side Effects:

Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm
of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
• General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and
vomiting, and fever

Severe Side Effects:

Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of your face and throat
• A fast heartbeat
• A bad rash all over your body
• Dizziness and weakness

What It Doesn’t Protect Against

The Moderna Vaccine has a 92% effectiveness so there is still an 8% of contracting the virus. This is why wearing a mask and keeping a distance are still key precautions to take. There is also the fact that while the vaccine may protect you from contracting the virus, it will not protect you from passing the virus to others still. Many are not aware of this and think the vaccine protects against this. This would be far from the truth. As much as we want things to be normal again, its important to face the hard truth about the risks still involved with Covid-19. As a parent, I will continue to stay diligent in staying healthy and avoiding the risks at all possible. I refuse to allow my nephew and daughter to contract this deadly virus at a young age.

My Experience With The First Dose

Now that we are aware of what’s in the Moderna Vaccine and what the side effects are I’ll talk briefly about my experience in the last 24 hours. I woke up early Thursday morning yesterday after my last workout of ‘The Prep’ program. I filled out a consent form that asks for your information and insurance. The form goes over the side effects and things that can happen after the vaccine is administered. I went and signed. The shot is a simple poke in your shoulder. My pharmacist asked what my dominant arm was and then proceeded to give me the shot in the opposite arm which is my left. He warned that I may experience soreness for the next 10 to 12 hours in my left arm and I can honestly say that was very true. As in good of shape as I am, it still didn’t protect me from feeling very sore and limiting my range of motion in my left arm. This is why he asked what my dominant arm is so that he left me with my stronger arm to still use during my day. The rest of the day the soreness in my arm felt more obvious and so I left work early for the day. The other effect I believe the 1st dose had on me was that my energy levels seemed to drain as the day went on. I was even falling asleep on the couch a bit a little before 6PM. It would take getting up and interacting with my 9 month daughter to jolt me to action in order to not let myself completely have no energy for the evening. However the drain of energy was obvious and I was looking forward to getting to bed last night. My daughter however decided she was not going to allow my wife and I to hit bedtime so easily and stayed up till 11PM where she finally went to bed on her own. Being a parent is never a dull moment. Haha. This morning I woke up and felt a lot better and gained more range of motion and had less soreness in my left arm. I also feel a lot more energetic today so hopefully yesterday is the only mild side effects I’ll experience. We’ll see how the 2nd dose goes in 4 weeks.

Happy Friday!

Sources For Moderna Vaccine Info:

FDA Fact Sheet On The Moderna Vaccine

First Databank

WebMD

RXList

WHO (World Health Organization)

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