Waiting for Another Jab

I’m still waiting for my Moderna booster, which has to be blessed by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Every time I check the schedule for their next meeting on October 20, 21, I still see a draft agenda. The CDC still does not recommend heterologous boosting, although last week the FDA advisory committee discussed the preliminary results from an ongoing study about it and the data showed it was safe and resulted in impressive boosting. They had a discussion question about it, but there was no vote.  

My wife Sena, got her Pfizer booster last week. She had a sore arm for about a day and no other side effects. When I got my first Moderna shot, my left arm swelled up and got red and sore. If I had gotten another injection in the other arm, I would have looked buff.

I just remembered that when I was playing junior league baseball, I got hit with a bat in that same arm in the same spot. I think it took longer for that to heal up. I always struck out anyway. I think the pneumovax I got last month hurt more than the COVID shot.

After my second jab, I got pretty tired for about a day, but still exercised and didn’t really limit my activities beyond my usual laziness. I was still able to sprint away at top speed from Sena when she came looking for me to do some chores. She didn’t have any side effects at all from her primary series.

Before the vaccines were available about a year and a half ago and I was still working at the hospital as a psychiatric consultant, I saw patients who had COVID-19. In the general hospital, all of them were pretty sick, although at that time we were not supposed to see any ICU COVID-19 patients. I saw a patient with a catatonic-like syndrome, who didn’t respond to an intravenous benzodiazepine challenge test (see yesterday’s post about the catatonic variant of delirium). I always wore the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Anyway, it sounds like more and more people are getting COVID-19 vaccines. I believe it’s the right thing to do. I’m not a big fan of mandates. Million-dollar lotteries didn’t seem to get the vaccination rates up very much. I don’t think scaring people is the ideal way to motivate them. I guess it’s up to you.

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