This Friday morning, around five weeks after my first COVID-19 vaccine jab, I finally had my second jab! Yeay!
This means I will officially be fully vaccinated soon! I mean, it’s true that I have completed the two doses, but I also need to give the vaccine some time to reach its maximum protectiveness. Here in Europe, that official time for the Pfizer vaccine is generally set at two weeks after the second jab (Though I notice the standard is different between countries and for a country, it can even change with time, but in general I observe two weeks appears to be the consensus).
And to be honest, I cannot wait for that time to come! Aside from the obvious protection from the disease, in some places there are also fewer restrictions if you are fully vaccinated. For instance, in France, you’d need to provide a digital covid certificate to even go to a restaurant! You’d also need to have one to access certain establishments/events here in the Netherlands.
Anyway, now that two days have passed since my second jab, I’d like to share here that, thankfully, I haven’t had any side effect from it! Well, other than the sore arm, but even this wasn’t that bad, it was even lighter than the soreness I had after the first jab, which, again, also wasn’t bad at all.
I think this is quite important to share because I notice that people tend to share mostly when they are experiencing a negative symptom. Conversely, when they’re not, they tend not to share anything. As a consequence, in my opinion, this creates a bias on what’s “out there”, exaggerating the perceived frequency of someone to experience a side effect after getting a jab. So here’s a data point that there’s a chance there is no (significant) side effect as well 🙂 . But regardless, I believe the benefit that comes with the vaccine far, far, far outweighs the risk of any side effect.
So yeah, I am very happy that I now have completed both jabs!