When I received my COVID accelerator, I fully anticipated that the next day would be a wash. I took care of my to-do list and cleaned up the day so I could rest. But I never developed a single symptom other than the slightest pain at the injection site, and in the afternoon I decided I felt good enough to run.
As I spoke with friends and family about their acceleration shots, I noticed that their experiences hit the range. Many felt a little anxious and dozed off. Some, like me, were completely untouched, while others were completely removed for a day or two.
Finished 26 million Americans has received an acceleration shot so far. La reactions people reported after their accelerations seems to conform to what people felt afterwards their second dose. The vast majority of side effects – such as chills, aches and pains – are not a major issue. If anything, they are a sign of yours immune system is revitalized and doing what it takes to protect you from COVID-19.
Everyone will respond a little differently, probably because of their age, health, and how their immune system responds to vaccines. Below, several people share the side effects they experience when they get their shots.
‘It comforted me that my immune system was working …’
Scott Jelinek, a 33-year-old pediatrician living in Philadelphia, saw patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and wanted the highest level of protection possible to minimize their chances of getting sick and spreading the virus to others. Jelinek received her first Pfizer dose in December 2020 and has observed studies showing that antibody levels decrease over time.
Jelinek received his boost dose from Pfizer in late September. He experienced no side effects the day he received the boost, but the next day his arm hurt a bit, he had the chills and he was pretty tired. These symptoms lasted only one day.
If anything, he was glad to have felt some mild effects after the sting.
“It gave me comfort that my immune system was working to create the necessary antibodies and it gave me a sense of relief that the accelerator was working,” Jelinek said.
‘A little hot and drained, as if a cold were coming.
Rebecca Hui, a 32-year-old mental health doctor, received her initial Modern doses in January and February, and followed with Modern Accelerator in early November. She qualified for an acceleration due to the nature of her work, but also wanted to avoid transmitting COVID to older, at-risk family members, whom she visits regularly.
She did not experience many side effects after her first two doses – only a painful arm and some fatigue after the two doses – but developed stronger symptoms after the acceleration. Her side effects occurred about nine hours after receiving the acceleration shot and lasted for about 12 hours. She said she felt a little warm and drained, as if a cold was coming. But by morning, the symptoms had subsided.
‘I planned to take a sick day … but I forgot and it didn’t affect my day.’
Luis Gallego, a 41-year-old specialist in early childhood education, did not experience any noticeable side effects, except for a painful arm, after some of his shots. He received his first Pfizer dose in January and went on to use a Pfizer accelerator at a local pharmacy in late October. “I planned to take a sick day just in case I got anything, but I forgot and it didn’t affect my day,” Gallego said.
He chose to get a boost because he was eligible and didn’t want to test his luck – he was lucky enough to avoid COVID so far and didn’t want to risk it during his upcoming trips abroad. “I love to travel and I know that increases the chances of being exposed to variants – so the more protected I can be, the better,” Gallego said.
‘I lacked energy. I was still glad I did it. ‘
Tina, a 69-year-old woman living in Florida, said there is no doubt in her mind that she will get a boost when she is eligible. She was fully vaccinated by the Modern shots by January and wanted to be well protected before the holidays this year. She felt erased after her initial doses and was ready to possibly feel bad after the accelerator as well.
She received the boost in the afternoon and around the 21st, she had a headache. For the next two days, she felt extremely tired and unwell and had a good time in bed.
“The lack of energy drained me,” she said, noting that her energy levels had been restored after about two and a half days. “I was still glad I did. Knowing what the symptoms are – that didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t feel well, but I didn’t regret it. ”
“Compared to how the body aches feel when you’re actually sick, it’s so unimportant.”
‘I had zero side effects other than some mild shoulder pain.’
Katie Hemcher, a 33-year-old woman who recently had a baby, received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot in March. After her J&J shot, she had some pretty significant side effects that lasted about 12 hours – fatigue, body aches, chills, fever – but a big warning is that she was in the first trimester of pregnancy and already felt exhausted enough to start. .
When Hemcher learned that all the adults who got the J&J shot were eligible for acceleration, she planned a rendezvous for a Pfizer shot in hopes of passing on more antibodies to her daughter, whom she is currently nursing.
“I had zero side effects other than some mild shoulder pain where I got the vaccine,” Hemcher said of her acceleration shot.
“Within 24 hours, I was back to normal.”
Erin, a health worker living in Illinois, became quite ill with COVID-19 last year. After recovery, she developed many debilitating long-range symptoms including extreme fatigue, headaches and brain fog. Erin, who wanted to use only her first name for privacy, was fully vaccinated by late January 2021 and began working with a post-COVID clinic to manage her long-term COVID symptoms, many of which improved with medications by summer.
Erin was hesitant to get a boost at first, because of all the long-distance symptoms she was treating, but her doctor recommended she get it – plus she didn’t want to fight COVID again without maximum protection. So she planned her acceleration for early November.
“I did get tired hours later and woke up with a headache, but finally, within 24 hours, I was back to normal,” she said.
‘A painful armpit is worth so much.’
Katie, a 29-year-old woman living in Pennsylvania who asked to keep her family name for privacy, said she was extremely cautious during the pandemic and wanted a speeding shot to get additional protection. After her first Modern dose, she underwent an injection site; the second dose caused severe injection pain, headache, mild body aches and very low fever.
About 24 hours after her Modern acceleration shot, which she received last week, she developed mild body aches and some swelling in the lymph nodes under her armpit. This armpit pain intensified the next day but rapidly subsided on the third day.
“Compared to how the body aches feel when you’re actually sick, it’s so unimportant,” Katie said. “A painful armpit is worth so much.”