Suzie Glassman, 44, is a freelance writer and part-time fitness trainer based in Castle Rock, Colorado.
In April, she received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine; on October 24, she received the Moderna recall.
After the recall, Glassman says her arm was sore for about 24 hours and she had chills and body aches overnight.
Seems like ages ago, but just in April, vaccine appointments were hard to come by. I had waited my turn, that is to say I was the last in terms of eligibility for 18 years and over. I felt like I was winning the lottery when I finally landed an open date to have Johnson & Johnson draw at a nearby Sam’s Club.
That night I posted on social media that I was a proud member of the “one and done” club, relieved that I didn’t have to go back for a second photo. I didn’t care, the data showed that the J&J vaccine was less effective in preventing COVID infection than that of Pfizer or Moderna. The vaccine had dramatically reduced my risk of hospitalization or death if I were to become infected, and that was all that mattered to me.
I followed the news closely when discussions began on the need for booster vaccines for increased immunity
It may sound scary, but I was worried about a breakthrough infection. I have close friends who are immunocompromised and aging parents who are planning to visit me for the holidays. If there was anything more I could do to protect myself and my loved ones, I wanted it.
So when I learned a few days ago that the FDA had recommended that all J&J vaccine recipients get a booster after two months, I jumped for joy. My only question was what shot should I get.
I made my decision after reading a news article explaining a preprint (meaning it was not peer reviewed) of a study published on October 13 showing of people who had received the Moderna booster after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had 76- multiplied antibodies in 15 days. People who received Johnson & Johnson followed by the Pfizer booster had a 35-fold increase in antibodies, and those who received the Johnson & Johnson booster were quadrupled. After the FDA cleared the mix and match of vaccine types, I figured it would be best to get one of the mRNA injections.
Choosing the Moderna booster was more of an instinctive decision than anything else – I didn’t think about it for so long.
On October 24, I drove my 12 year old son to a vaccination site just south of Denver. We didn’t need to make an appointment, and when it was our turn, I rolled down my window and said to the nurse, “I would like to call Moderna, please.” . ”
The nurse asked a few questions, typed my answers into an iPad and gave me an injection; the whole process took about five minutes. My son got his second dose of Pfizer at the same time, and 15 minutes later we left the parking lot and headed home.
The side effects were familiar from my previous shot
In terms of side effects, I had chills and body aches overnight, similar to what I felt after my first Johnson & Johnson injection. The pharmacist let me know that it is safe to take Tylenol. So I took two capsules starting at about 10 p.m. that night and every four hours until I no longer felt sore, that is, until about noon the next day. .
My arm was very sore for about 24 hours, so I skipped going to the gym the next day.
Still, as my son commented on my reaction – “It’s better than COVID” – and I couldn’t agree more.
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