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Thought I'd let you know I got my first AstraZeneca dose last Saturday. This might be interesting for Z-Man and everyone here living in and around Cologne. I had to apply by sending an e-mail with a doctor's certificate attesting my chronic illness to our city's ethics commission to get my shot so soon while most people in Germany are still waiting for an official inivitation to get theirs.
Honestly though, I'm really ******* worried now, thanks to all the news about people dying of cerebral hemorrhage/thrombosis/pulmonary embolism (I have seen someone die of something like that a few years ago. It wasn't pleasant). I'm aware that the risk is super small but now I keep thinking what if I'm one of the very few dead people in 7 days!? I think when it comes to AstraZeneca I really believe it should be halted until it is fixed in some way. Be that as it may, i love you all (ok, some exceptions!) and hope you stay healthy despite all deadly diseases and mostly safe and widely tested vaccines currently in circulation.

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There is actually no evidence of increased venous thromboembolism in the population group post-vaccine.

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I'm looking forward to getting a vaccine... and having this all under control, around the world. I miss socializing in person. Keep up posted on how you feel in regards to side effects.

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sinewav wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:25 am
I'm looking forward to getting a vaccine... and having this all under control, around the world. I miss socializing in person. Keep up posted on how you feel in regards to side effects.
On the day I got it, the punctured section of the arm hurt a little and I had a shivering fit during the night, but it was all over on the next morning. I'm supposed to get my second shot on the 12th of June, but now they say that AZ should only be given to people when they're absolutely sure and the risk/benefit relation is clear. I'm thinking about switching to Pfizer or Moderna if I get the option, but maybe I'll just stick with AZ, since it didn't kill me yet.
i hope you get yours soon! BUT remember it won't protect you perfectly against all the new variants, especially the super-deadly one from South Africa.
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Don't worry too much. All of the approved vaccines have as near to 100% protection against a deadlty outcome of an infection as one could wish for, even against the mutants (as far as I know). Where they're not perfect is in preventing mild infections and therefore spreading the virus.
sylla: for general thromboembolisms that is true, but the special kind that was observed shortly after AstraSeneca vaccinations is usually really rare. More reseach needed, especially all of the cases need to be looked into, but no need to panic.
Word: Chances of a lethal outcome seem to be smaller than 1 in 100.000, conservatively estimated upward. Each year, chances to die in a traffic accident are, let's see, in 2019 we had 3.046 deaths for 80 million inhabitants, that's about 1 in 30.000. So by going out less last year, you already made back that little extra risk, probably twice :)
As for the second dose, ask your doctor when the time comes. Switching seems to be fine. And maybe they can't even give you AstraZeneca by then.

Z-Girl is considered to be in the high risk group, so she and with two close contact persons, which would be Z-Wife and me, can get vaccinated. Well, Z-Girl herself can't yet, because she's too young, but I started the process of getting an appointment for me. And it's quite a process :) I first had registered on some web portal way early, but never could register my special status there. I thought it was because I was too early (it wasn't our turn yet anyway), so I waited... turned out that portal was only for those to be vaccinated based on age groups. Stated somewhere in the FAQ. The real process is that I have to email some office with the documents from our doctor proving my claim, THEN get some certificate that I can get vaccinated, THEN use that to get an appointment on some other portal that they're only going to tell me when they have processed my case. Heh, Germany. I'm probably going to get my shot faster at my local doctor.

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Z-Man wrote:Don't worry too much. All of the approved vaccines have as near to 100% protection against a deadlty outcome of an infection as one could wish for, even against the mutants (as far as I know).
Recently I read that AZ is only 10% effective against the super-deadly South African variant and while it prevents death in most cases, it doesn't have much of an impact on all the other Covid-related symptoms caused by it. Then again, these studies keep changing all the time. I've also read that we are going to have these vaccinations about every 5 months from now on, unless there's significant improvement and they create a universal coronavirus vaccine which has to be injected less often or just once.
Z-Man wrote:The real process is that I have to email some office with the documents from our doctor proving my claim, THEN get some certificate that I can get vaccinated, THEN use that to get an appointment on some other portal that they're only going to tell me when they have processed my case. Heh, Germany. I'm probably going to get my shot faster at my local doctor.
Yup, exactly what I had to do as well. I had to wait about 2 weeks after someone responded to my e-mails (not including the doctor's certificate). Once I got to Cologne's fairground hall, where the vaccinations are conducted, everything went surprisingly smooth. We were divided into small groups and kept moving for 45 minutes until we reached the doctors' rooms. I was the only guy in my small group so I let the women get vaccinated first. When my turn came, some woman appeared out of nowhere and just ran in the doctor's room I was about to enter. I was a little angry about that, but before I could even say anything, the doctor from the adjourning room stuck her head out of the door and told me there's nobody else waiting and I can come in and get my shot.
Z-Man wrote:Well, Z-Girl herself can't yet, because she's too young
Yeah, I've read Pfizer is working on a children's version of their vaccine now, as are other companies I assume. I hope your family gets through this.

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I got Moderna dose 1 last week, injection site hurt for a few days, i think the may have placed it too high. I also was slightly more tired for the next few days.


I thought MRNA sounded very promising back in 2018, that's why I wanted to get an MRNA vaccine if possible, turned out moderna was the quickest i could get, but it was the one I wanted, Mainly because in 2018 when i read about MRNA, it was for Moderna's IPO Bought 1 share then, now i am up 600% on it. Too mad I did not buy more.
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I've always been jealous of you, kyle. Glad to hear you're doing good!

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