COVID Vaccine

Hi! I haven't posted too much in this forum but have totally appreciated the support provided. So glad to be part of this group!

I have a chance to get the Moderna COVID vaccine - has anyone in this group got the vaccine? Any thoughts/feedback? I have reached out to my cardiologist but haven't heard back. Look forward to hearing from some of you on this.




Easy Question

by IAN MC - 2021-01-07 10:29:12

Whether to take the vaccine , or not, is a total, unarguable, complete , 100% no-brainer.

Mass vaccination is the ONLY way we will ever see the end of Covid-19  ( unless it miraculously mutates into a non-virulent form which is highly  unlikely )

Vaccination is the ONLY answer , so please get vaccinated for all of our sakes . It doesn't really matter if it is Moderna, Pfizer  or Oxford / Zeneca.

I feel really envious that you have been offered it..


Yes go for it

by Gemita - 2021-01-07 11:16:32

My husband and I (both with pacemakers) are still waiting for our vaccine in the UK.  Hopefully we will hear in the next week or so when our general doctor receives supplies of the Oxford/Zeneca vaccine.

I agree totally with Ian MC, to rid ourselves of this virus, vaccination for the many not the few will be needed.

I would not hesitate to take the Moderna vaccine if it were offered today Champak which I believe is equally as good as the Pfizer vaccine.  Stay safe


Take the vaccine? In a heartbeat!

by Gotrhythm - 2021-01-07 13:18:45

Even though I'm in the 'right" age category, I can't even get through to make an appointment for the vaccine myself.

If I had a chance at the vaccine, I would take it. In a heartbeat. (in my case every heartbeat requires the assistance of a pacemaker.) The risk of bad things happening if you get the disease far outweigh the very low risks associated with the vaccine.

Just for clarity:although there are some highly allergic people who perhaps shouldn't be vaccinated, for most people the risks are low, and minor. Having a pacemaker doesn't add any risks at all.

Just having a pacemaker now doesn't make you more fragile than you were before you got it.

Got mine

by bzam - 2021-01-07 14:41:01

I got mine at VA and now feel completly different.. I am liberated from fear of getting Covid.

But still need second shot and little time but I am telling you the feeling right now as I have much less worry about dying in a venterlator. I will have even less after I get my second shot.

Don't know

by AgentX86 - 2021-01-07 17:43:11

Probably but I'll have time before they figure out how to do distirbute it.

Passport to freedom.

by Graham M - 2021-01-07 17:57:41

I had my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday.  I am not in a high risk group as regards my health, but am a frontline healthcare worker so was offered the vaccine with all my UK NHS colleagues.  I still have a sore arm and have been told that the protection does not start for two or three weeks, but am pleased I have done it - it's my passport to freedom.

Just go for it!




by Marybird - 2021-01-07 18:52:23

Thank you. It made my heart hurt to read that comment. 

Marybird, AgentX86 and Ian MC

by Gemita - 2021-01-07 19:27:05

Dear All, I have taken the liberty of removing any reference to Donald Trump in this thread.  I hope you will all agree it is for the best since emotions are running very high at the moment.  Thank you

COVID vaccine

by Sisterwash65 - 2021-01-07 19:34:55

I have signed up through our Dept. of Health and will get scheduled after January 11th. Said I would be contacted so I'm hoping it will be soon.



by Marybird - 2021-01-07 20:29:01

My daughter got her first covid vaccine (Moderna) last week at her work. She is a nurse at a large physician's practice. She's young, (36) but has a pacemaker and some other health issues. No side effects that she could see, she says, other than a sore arm for a day or so. 

And thanks, Gemita. Hopefully you and your husband will receive your vaccines pretty soon. According to our news media,  between the Astra-Zenika vaccines and additional vaccines from Pfizer ( I think it was ), the UK says it has enough vaccines for all its citizens. 

COVID vaccine

by Aberdeen - 2021-01-08 14:56:07

I am 65 so make it into the 4th or 5th group. I am definitely going to get it.

Should I , or shouldn't I ?

by IAN MC - 2021-01-09 12:50:10

If there are still people in doubt about being vaccinated , think for a moment about Smallpox and Polio.  Like Covid , these were dreadful diseases , caused by viruses, which killed and maimed millions of  people.

Like Covid , they were diseases with no cure but they have now been wiped out in most countries of the world .

How were they eradicated ........ by enough people being VACCINATED.

Just do it


Should I? Shouldn't I?

by AgentX86 - 2021-01-09 13:34:31

These diseases were "wiped out" but they're still coming back (how can that be, if they were wiped out) because the world hasn't been 100% vaccinated and most aren't vaccinated at all anymore, under the false assumption that you made above.  We're not going to wipe it out.  If we're lucky, we'll push it underground and only if the vaccine affords long-term immunity.  There are a lot of unknowns.  Anyone telling you differently is blowing smoke up your backside.

The larger problem is that government has screwed the pooch by lies, misdirection, and constantly changing instructions.  There is no trust in government anymore.  That's on them.

All that said, an opportunity to get the vaccine (Maderna) this Monday so took it.  Things are getting pretty bad here, with many of my wife's friends and/or their families coming down with it.  I don't know many othes because we're working from home, now, so we're all pretty well isolated most of the week. My wife isn't so much, so...

Great question!

by LORIAAA - 2021-01-12 09:09:18

I worry and appreciate all comments!!  

My old neighbor works in a pharmacy in East Texas said they received the Moderna vaccine at his local store/pharmacy on December 14 - and they now have the second dose in.  His daughter is a nurse and got her second shot last week.  Only symptoms so far is a sore arm.  People there can also get the vaccine at their local high school, hospital, or the doctor’s office.   Medical workers, first responders, people over 65 years of age, nursing homes, grocery workers, and school districts employees had priority - then everyone else.  It was advertised everywhere.  They had to call for an appointments.  Most people got the vaccine.

Here in Pennsylvania - Some Hospitals are providing shots to all employees.  Hopefully the process moves fast here too. 
I will ask my family doctor and cardiologist first because they know my health issues.  
All info posted here is appreciated!  

Great Questions!

by AgentX86 - 2021-01-12 18:18:46

See my post, today, at the bottom of the "Risk Factors" thread.

Got the 1st Dose

by Champak - 2021-01-15 15:42:47

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the input - truly appreciate it ! I got my first dose (Moderna) on Wednesday and so far have had a sore arm. It's worrisome that there's so much misinformation and mismanagement of this pandemic and vaccine. Hope more people get vaccinated!

Stay safe!


Covid vaccine

by InSync - 2021-01-17 22:14:41

After spending every waking hour for two weeks searching online, I was fortunate to be able to get an appointment. I received my first dose of Maderna yesterday. I feel so blessed to have gotten it. The sore arm is a reminder that I am building antibodies, so I am not complaining about that either. So many are still trying to get an appointment. I feel blessed to have gotten it. 

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I'm 35 and got my pacemaker a little over a year ago. It definitely is not a burden to me. In fact, I have more energy (which my husband enjoys), can do more things with my kids and have weight because of having the energy.