Written By Gary - BRIJ Volunteer
Following on from my earlier article on how we in Ireland are used to Vaccines ( at this link -/> ), over 500,000 1st or 2nd dose vaccines have been administered in Ireland without any major health concerns. Over 334 million injections have been done globally and the effectiveness of all vaccines has been shown to be as good as, if not better than, expected;- including against new strains of the virus.
In general, therefore, the news is very positive and even though some will consider themselves safe without a vaccine, the argument is made that even if you may not get sick with the virus, you may still pass it on to someone who will. Also, every case of the vaccine that is allowed live in a human body has the potential to mutate into a more dangerous strain that can survive the vaccine and come back to bite us all, even those who previously did not believe themselves to be at risk at all.
As I said before, we in Ireland are used to the possibility of feeling a little sore or sick after a vaccine injection and that has shown to be no different for the COVID-19 vaccines. My 91 year old Mother-In-Law has had both 1st & 2nd dose vaccines and felt no after effects whatsoever. My daughter, who is a student nurse in her 30's, had a sore arm and a temperature for a day or so after her 2nd injection but nothing after that.
As someone, who has traveled a lot across Africa & the Middle East for several decades, I have frequently had to get vaccines and occasionally I have experienced a sore arm but no more.
So feeling a little sick & sore for a short time after the vaccine is to be expected and this article from BBC News a few days ago explains that in detail. I would recommend that everyone should read it.
I look forward myself to getting my COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can give it to me and it will be added to the long list of vaccines in my vaccine book already.
Follow this link to the article:
'Normal' to feel a bit unwell after Covid vaccine