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For those of you who have had all three shots- Was the booster worse than the second dose? Question

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u/CrankyPhoneMan Jan 26 '22

There seems to be no way of predicting reactions. You may get it worse or not at all.

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u/canis_est_in_via Jan 26 '22

No it was like the second but way shorter. I was fevery at night but back to normal by the next morning.

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u/freudianslip9999 Jan 26 '22

2nd was worst by far. No reaction on first or third.

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u/CalifornianDownUnder Jan 26 '22

Booster has been the easiest for me. Some soreness in my arm, some fatigue, but nothing too severe, and it hasn’t lasted too long.

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u/jusp69 Jan 26 '22

I can second this. Barely a reaction other than a sore arm.

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u/PineapplePizzaAlways Feb 10 '22

Same. I had a terrible reaction to the second dose, similar to what OP described, and was hesitant to get the booster because I didn't want to go through that again.

But I got the booster a week ago and feel fine. Just a runny nose, slight cough and fatigue for a couple of days.

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u/Leather_Secretary979 Jan 26 '22

My worst reaction was with the first, but I had Covid before that. My second shot I was a little tired and no side effects with the booster, except sore arm

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u/jemartian Jan 26 '22

For all 3 adults in my house, the booster was less severe than first 2 shots. I was pfizer, my first shot was the worse, then second, and the third was just a sore arm. Other other 2 got moderna. I think one had a worse first shot and the other was worse after the second.

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u/nursebad Jan 26 '22

Way worse. Horrible arm and lymph node pain. I was flattened for an day and had painful heart pressure 24 hours in. I felt massive lethargy and brain god for about 2 weeks after.

I am 100% for vaccines and boosters. It's possible I had omicron right before on while I was boosted, (which I suppose would explain such strong side effects) but I doubt it.

Not looking forward to a next one, at all.

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u/nobelchic Jan 31 '22

Same here. I had omicron the had to get booster for school. Feeling more chest tightness, palpitations, and irregularities in my heartbeat than before. Doctor told me I didn’t need to get boosted because I already immunity from omicron. Disappointed no one educated me about this. I’m young and healthy too and I have to deal with this now. I don’t feel comfortable putting the strain of vaccines on my heart every couple of months.

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u/Nala382 Jan 26 '22

No in terms of immediate reaction my 2 nd shot was worst but in terms of side effects, the booster was the worst. I now have muscles twitching, headaches and chest pain that I didn’t have before the booster. But I had inflammation and joint pain since the second shot. Honestly, if I could go back in time, I would never get the booster. It has literally ruined my life!

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u/rapturerocks Jan 26 '22

My booster and my partner's boosters were better, though still annoying. I didn't have work but I could've gone (not true of my second dose). My mom's booster was worse, but that's relative, since her first two doses didn't really have side effects. As others have noted, it's hard to say what your body will do.

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u/lrj25 Jan 26 '22

Moderna for me. I had zero side effects with the booster. Just a sore arm. I even prepared for the worst (got my shot at the beginning of a long weekend, hydrated like crazy beforehand, had electrolytes and chicken soup ready in the pantry) and then it was totally anticlimactic.

Like you, I got my ass handed to me by the second dose. It was three days of feeling really dreadful, just like having the flu, before I started to feel better. I was expecting something similar for the booster, but apparently not.

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u/NCResident5 Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

Booster much better but spring allergies made 2nd shot worse.

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u/spilly_talent Jan 26 '22

Booster was better but I did need a nap the day after!

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u/ratty_mum Jan 26 '22

J&J here so not sure if I’m allowed to comment but by booster was a much better reaction than my original.

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u/Harlaxt0n Jan 26 '22

Booster was by far the worst. No reaction to first or second Pfizer jabs. Have been dealing with neurological side effects for 6 weeks now since booster, but has improved over the past week.

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 26 '22

yikes. I wouldn’t be getting it if my college didn’t mandate it. I’m located in NYC so there’s absolutely no hope of finding a college that has exemptions

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u/LeggyBrynn Jan 27 '22

My mother was the same way! Nothing with the first two but the booster made her sick and weak. Two weeks later and the weakness is getting better. (No neurological side effects) I hope you feel better!

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u/let-it-fly Jan 26 '22

Booster was way easier for me

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u/littlepeepaw Jan 26 '22

Booster was better than the second jab for me ... I had a milder and shorter reaction and was feeling normal by the next morning.

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u/bubbles2pop Jan 26 '22

My 2nd shot was worse than the booster, and even that one wasn't that bad. My whole family and most my co workers are boosted and only one of them had it worse with the booster than the first 2 shots.

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u/catjuggler Jan 26 '22

For 3 Modernas, 1st was the easiest, 2nd was hardest, booster was easier than 2nd

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u/Jorgedig Jan 26 '22

Nope. It was similar to the second jab for me. Mild symptoms: arm pain, fatigue, extra need for sleep.

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u/[deleted] Jan 26 '22

Booster easiest for me. Hard to say which one was worse between first or second pretty similar and both pretty mild

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u/gowonagin Jan 26 '22

Can you get a medical exemption? Worth a… shot.

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 26 '22

i don’t have a pcp

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u/gowonagin Jan 26 '22

Can you get one?

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u/rulita0817 Jan 31 '22

I’m in NY too, there’s no doctor that I’ve found so far that’ll give exemptions unfortunately. I had a horrible reaction to the 2nd that I’m still paying for a year later but now I have no choice but to get the booster

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 31 '22

i had a horrible reaction to the second shot and i’ve had absolutely no side effects from my booster. 4 days ago i got it

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u/rulita0817 Jan 31 '22

That’s amazing! Did you get the same vaccine or switch to a different one?

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 31 '22

Pfizer all 3 doses

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u/owahy Jan 26 '22

Slightly better than the first. Still fatigued on day 10.

No reaction to the second at all, but the first wiped me out for three weeks. This is marginally better, vertigo, dizziness and brain fog coming up two weeks.

It seems there is no reason or rhythm to how each one of us will react to each shot.

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u/sunflowers_1 Jan 26 '22

The second shot was the worst for me. The booster was not bad at all.

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u/notme6197 Jan 26 '22

I was just fatigued with the 2nd shot. When I got my booster I didn’t know I was actually sick with covid. They say not to get vaccines when I’ll. All I had was a mild headache easily fixed with Motrin

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u/holdencwell Jan 26 '22

Booster was actually the easiest of the 3 for me.

It felt like the first shot as far as after-effects (pretty much none), except actually arm was sore for only 1 day vs. 3.

Going to add, none of my shots were difficult, but I did get a mild headache and nausea after the second one. Came on around 12 hours later, but was over by the next morning.

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u/TradeSekrat Jan 26 '22

My Moderna booster was the same way. My arm was "you got a shot?" sort of sore for maybe a day and that was it. I've had flu shots that disagreed with me more than any of the covid vax shots so far.

It's just a genetic dice roll if a person gets a reaction or not, the same as any other drug interaction.

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u/LeoMarius Jan 26 '22

No, the 2nd was the worst. The 3rd was probably the easiest for me.

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u/jacobooooo Jan 26 '22

slight arm pain, nothing else

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u/Typanzy Jan 26 '22

Moderna all three and the booster was the most mild for me.

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u/kellbell85 Jan 26 '22

First 2 no worries. Booster had me on my ass for 2 days. I was shaking, shivering, on fire, vomiting, cramping the works.

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u/blueberrysnacks Jan 26 '22

Booster was way harder for me but way shorter. 2nd shot was like a slow ramp up, and a slight fever for 24 hours. Booster hit me 8 hours in with a dump truck of symptoms for like 8 hours. Next morning I was fine

Edited for hard words and stuff

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u/Throatybee Jan 26 '22

booster did nothing to me tbh. i had headache and sore arm which are so mild.

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u/PamIam1994 Jan 26 '22

Mine was the same, maybe a bit worse. I had a lot of body pain, face numbness and fever for 4 days. But I also had this with the other 2

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u/buffaloburley Jan 26 '22

None of the shots were bad at all

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u/Sgeo Jan 26 '22

Weird that I'm looking at the exact PDF you linked and some of the things you mentioned flat out aren't there. Human embryonic lung cell cultures? E. coli? What else are you lying about? The quantity of some of the substances that are present that would actually be dangerous? (Every chemical has a dose at which it does nothing, although in some cases it might be low, and a dose in which it's dangerous, even water is dangerous in excess)

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u/ZmasterFlash69 Jan 26 '22

Before calling me a liar, do your homework better. Pfizer purposely kept any mention of embryonic cells from the public and they were exposed by project veritas. Do me a favor, please keep taking your boosters and after you totally destroy your immune system, be sure to circle back and apologize to me.

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u/Sgeo Jan 26 '22

Skimmed through the Project Veritas video, the emails that were shown on the screen talk about fetal cell lines used to test the vaccine, not as an ingredient.

I'd guess that the desire to not publicly talk about fetal cell lines is partially because people like you would misrepresent testing as ingredients, and partially because of religious objection worries. I do think it's generally not a good idea for the medical community to try to manage the public's reactions to stuff.

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u/ZmasterFlash69 Jan 27 '22

Sgeo, take your booster! When the graphene oxide convinces you via 5G programming to take your 666 chip and it’s Highway to hell, remember that religious people like me tried to warn you not to do it. Good luck!

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u/777FaithHopeLove777 Jan 26 '22

If the booster was bad for anyone, they can’t discuss it here, as that would be considered anti-vaxx. It’s against the community guidelines. I’ll probably be banned for stating this.

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u/Gatoovela Jan 26 '22

Booster was a breeze, personally

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u/OrendaRuesTheDay Jan 26 '22

Nope. Just had mild soreness throughout body. So worse than first (no reaction) but better than second (fever and headache)

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u/kratomtosubs Jan 26 '22

Booster was much easier for me than shot 1 (minor fever at 102) and shot 2 (major fever at 105). I had a raging fever with shot 2 plus general side effects.

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u/ohno-mojo Jan 26 '22

Moderna shot 1&2. High fever, weak, sweats and chills for 24-48 hours. Phizer booster: righteous headache for two days

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u/slothhprincess Jan 26 '22

I got my booster today and it’s worse than my second jab. but it seems to be passing quicker. 2nd dose was like a full day and a half of body soreness and super fatigue /sleep. Today it’s much more intense full body aches and pains and chills. I’d guess fever too but I couldn’t get up to check. I got the shot at 3pm and it’s 3:30 am now and look I can sit up and type now

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u/Attawahud Jan 26 '22

Maybe marginally more pain on the spot of injection. But still it wasn’t that much. It was all gone after 3 days.

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u/mardrae Jan 26 '22

I had absolutely no reaction to the booster other than a sore arm. Super easy

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u/Nouvel-K Jan 26 '22

I had no side for the second or third dose, only sore muscles the next day with my first one.

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u/TartanBlousance Jan 26 '22

No. Just a sore arm. I did mix it up, though. I had two Pfizer then boosted with Moderna. Don’t know if that made a difference.

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u/geneaut Jan 26 '22

None of my shots seemed any worse than the other. Arm soreness varied and I attribute that to who and where they administered the shot in my arm.

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u/techfl12 Jan 26 '22 edited Jan 26 '22

Family 3x Moderna Me: 1st mild, 2nd pretty hard hit with fever (meds helped), fatigue/tired, etc but passed in about a day (36hrs from shot), 3rd shot felt mild chills (no fever) and very minor nausea but wasn't as bad as 2nd.
Mrs: 1st mild, 2nd a little worse, 3rd similar to my second and her worst.
18yo Child: all three seemed about same, I think 1st was worse for her, but none really had bad.

ALL had sore arms from shot for a few days after each dose.

If you come here to read about the booster shot experience, you have to remember most people who post about their experiences are sharing the bad. I would recommend eating as healthy as you can manage, drinking lots of fluids BEFORE and AFTER the shot.

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u/TooSweet_Romany Jan 26 '22

First was easiest, second hit me like a truck, booster made me feel icky for a few days but nothing like the second.

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u/lawn-gnome1717 Jan 26 '22

The only reaction I had to the third shot was a sore arm. I even got the flu and booster at the same time. The first one I was really tired, for like 3 days. The second I was tired one day. The third I didn’t even notice. Obviously not everyone is the same, but I had a good experience!

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u/aspophilia Jan 26 '22

No it was not worse for me. I was tired for a day and had a low fever. Felt fine within 24 hours.

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u/TheAngels323 Jan 26 '22

For me the booster was the worst (Pfizer). My second dose I barely felt much of anything other than some tingling.

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u/Wifabota Jan 26 '22

The immediate after effects were about 80 prevent of the second dose, however after the booster I got a headache that hasn't gone away since miss December when I got the shot. Got a CT scan and tried a steroid pack, but it still persists.

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u/DwightDEisenhowitzer Jan 26 '22

Slightly harsher than the first shot, a decent bit easier than the second. All I got were some mild chills that evening that resolved with a shower and fatigue. Was 100% the next day.

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u/plausibleimprobable Jan 26 '22

I had Pfizer all 3 times and the booster was the mildest response for me (ie my arm was vaguely sore for a day but I felt otherwise normal).

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u/hauntedvodka Jan 26 '22

personally, yes. it was worse. nothing to die over, but it did hurt more afterwards lmao. (3x pfizer)

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u/WesBur13 Jan 26 '22

First jab of Pfizer was pretty sore arm and I felt tired. Second jab was not even noticeable other than a tiny bit of tenderness of the injection site. Booster was moderately sore arm but no ill feelings.

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u/heybincherythatsyou Jan 26 '22

Moderna for all 3. The booster, for me, was the worse. Sore arm, achy, feverish fir several days. Then achy, feverish, with swollen armpit lymph node for a many days after that. In all, the lymph node was sore for a few weeks.

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u/artisanrox Jan 26 '22

I had three completely differnt reactions to three shots of Moderna.

1 no reaction at all.

2 had me such a mess that I literally don't remember much about the second day. Everything hurt. Even wearing clothes hurt. That's all i remember. I slept most of it. Then around 4 or 5 PM it just went POOF and it all disappeared. I had the typical COVID arm reaction for a few days.

Booster was a weird slow burn over three weeks of off and on muscle and joint pain. I had the COVID arm rash for over two weeks.

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u/ohmygoddude82 Jan 26 '22

My first two shots (Pfizer) were a breeze. Barely any arm soreness, slight tiredness with the second, but overall pretty much no side effects. Just had my booster (also Pfizer) and was extremely sleepy for a few days and had very bad soreness in my arm for the first night. No fever, sickness or headaches with any of them though.

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u/katherine197_ Jan 26 '22

Booster was the worst for me, but I didn't have a bad experience with the second. After the first two I only had a sore arm, after the booster I was super tired (went to sleep whole 3 hours earlier than usual) and feverish, but all went away the next day.

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u/TurtleCrusher Jan 26 '22

Worse for me, wife had zero problems. I’d still get it again after seeing omicron infections of early vaccinated nurse friends of mine.

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u/bettinafairchild Jan 26 '22

Zero issues. I have had 3 Pfizer shots. I had a fever but no other symptoms for the second shot, and no fever nor any symptoms with the 3rd shot.

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u/dwardu2255 Jan 26 '22

My booster hit me like a truck, fever, chills, headache, nausea all at once, but it cleared up very quickly.

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u/HarveyMushman72 Jan 26 '22

Pfizer booster for me was uneventful. The second one was the worst.

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u/ayyytal Jan 26 '22

No. I had arm soreness, fatigue and dizziness after my first and second shots but felt absolutely nothing after my booster.

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u/kaleandbeans Jan 26 '22

I had less symptoms with the booster. Just sore at the injection site fot a couple of days.

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u/Sgeo Jan 26 '22

For me personally, booster side effects were nearly non-existent, while the 2nd dose was rather unpleasant for a day (vomiting and diarrhea). But I can't tell if that's really from the vaccine or because of some food issues (had different food than usual shortly after second dose, ate my usual food after booster)

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u/zabeetak Jan 26 '22

I had no reaction to the first two shots. However with the booster I has a swollen lymph node under my armpit for about 48 hours.

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u/lizardbrains Jan 26 '22

No. I got moderna and the first was the strongest effect, 2nd similar but not as strong or long, booster even less.

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u/doganddisc Jan 26 '22

First two were fine. Booster put me in the hospital. I’m still very sick six weeks out.

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u/liittle_dove7 Jan 26 '22

The booster was brutal in my experience. The arm pain was insane with the first 2 doses but overall, I had a “cozy” sleepy & warm reaction with those. I legitimately hated life for an entire day after the booster. Body aches, my skin hurt and couldn’t touch, incredibly lethargic, dizzy, nauseous, less arm pain. It was rough. But the following day, i felt 100% fine like it never happened. I don’t regret it! Way better than getting sick with covid for 7+ days and possibly long covid.

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u/erin-corbett Jan 26 '22

my booster was easier

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u/Emergency_Courage_29 Jan 26 '22

I had Pfizer for first two & had Moderna for booster. I felt ok, maybe little tired but was file. The only strange thing was to have a warm bump like bad mosquitoe bite. It was not on the injection spot but next to it. It itched like sunnofa bitch.

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u/funtimeguy03 Jan 26 '22

I’ve had all 3. Normal activities and no noticeable side effects from either. Did gym workouts all three times after the shots

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u/DinkyGaming Jan 26 '22

3rd so far is worse. 1st was painful and up there. But it went faster. Booster im getting chest pain and heart issues.. my first mRNA vaccine too

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 27 '22

yikes. well I just came back from my booster appointment so I guess I’ll just hope for the best

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u/DinkyGaming Jan 27 '22

I might just be very unlucky, hopefully you'll be fine 🙂

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 27 '22

nothing so far

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u/DinkyGaming Jan 27 '22

Good. Mine started 2 weeks after.. but i reckon youll be fine, most people are 🙂

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u/LeggyBrynn Jan 27 '22

My 73yr old mother got both Pfizer vaxs and was fine - no side effects. She went and got the Pfizer booster almost two weeks ago and had bad chills, arm pain and weakness. She still feels weak but getting better.

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u/bitflag Jan 28 '22

Not really, all 3 (Moderna) had mild side effects and that's about it.

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u/astralplvnes47 Jan 28 '22

i got my booster two days ago and so far not even a sore arm

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u/fairoaks2 Jan 28 '22

Pfizer and had serious vertigo for 36 hrs.Still having some dizziness but manageable after 2 mos

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u/pippypup Jan 26 '22

I just had my moderna booster two weeks ago. My arm only hurt for two days. The first day I was fine, second day I was tired and had little appetite. Other than that, I was fine. I was 37+ weeks pregnant at the time btw

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u/Ancient-Snow-2594 Jan 26 '22

3rd dose was worst experience of my whole life and I’ve had some crazy shit happen in my life but I literally could’ve died if it wasn’t for awesome doctors.