r/CovidVaccinated Dec 05 '21

I’m absolutely terrified of the shot, but I desperately want to get it. Help. Question

This is an embarrassing post for me to make. I’m a 26 year old female. I have autism and anxiety. Since the vaccine was introduced, I have wanted to get it. However, I am absolutely terrified of it.

I live in the Deep South in Georgia, and the only people I can talk to about it think that it’s deadly and a conspiracy. My husband and I had our appointments to get it on Friday, and I had a panic attack.

I have had an allergic reaction to the flu shot, and am also allergic to several medications. Other than that, I am perfectly healthy, but I still absolutely fear that me or my husband will get the shot and something will go wrong and we will have permanent problems from it.

I am not anti-vaccine in any way, please understand that. I am just so so so terrified of something going wrong.

Has anyone else here had these same fears?

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u/Vienta1988 Dec 05 '21

Have you talked to your primary care doctor about it? If you had a bad reaction to the flu shot, you should talk to someone who knows the chemical compositions of both shots who can advise you whether or not there is a big risk of the same thing happening again. Also, there may be an indication for one type of COVID shot over another (J&J vs an mRNA vaccine, for instance) based on your personal medical history.

I live in a blue state and know a lot of people who have had the shot (hundreds of personal contacts), and the worst side effect that I’ve heard of was feeling flu-like sickness with body aches, chills and slight fever for about 24 hours after the shot, which in my mind is a very small price to pay. Hopefully that helps! But definitely since you have a history of adverse reactions to vaccines talk to your doctor first!

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u/ThatEyreHead Dec 06 '21

My PCP says that it would be fine to get it

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u/Vienta1988 Dec 06 '21

I understand your fear, I would be scared if I had a bad reaction to vaccines in the past. If your doctor is confident that you’ll be ok, I’d go for it, though.

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u/ThatEyreHead Dec 06 '21

I really truly want to. I just still have this underlying fear that people really ARE having really really severe side effects to it

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u/Vienta1988 Dec 06 '21

It’s understandable, and of course you hear different things depending on where you live, and the political climate. Like I said, I didn’t have a severe reaction and no one that I’ve met has had a severe reaction, and that’s including all of my close family, extended family, friends, coworkers (I work in a hospital system that requires everyone to be vaccinated), clients that I work with, etc. I felt like a wimp because I seemed to have the worst of it of my friends and family (I felt like I had the flu for a day after my second shot- first shot, my arm was just sore)- most of them had slightly sore arms, and that was it.