Third Shot Experience

On Friday I got an SMS from our government that per new regulations, I am eligible for the booster shot. I wasted no time and on Monday I made a reservation with our GP for Tuesday morning when I got the shot at 9:00 a.m. For the first about ten hours, I got nothing but very mild shoulder pain and occasional pain in other muscles and joints. Definitively nothing as serious as after the second shot. Today I got a very mildly elevated temperature, but again, not as bad as after the second shot. Though I am tired as if I were shoveling gravel and my left shoulder and pectoral muscle hurt really, really badly. I do hope it subsides till tomorrow morning because I need to go and buy christmas carp, then dismember, skin, and de-bone it so my mother can cook it for christmas dinner. I need to be fit enough for that task to not cut my fingers off, so I really need at least the brain fog to go away completely and some of the pain. I will do my best to perform that task using only the three knives of my latest experimental set because if those knives are fit for this purpose, they are fit for 99% of kitchen works.


  1. lumipuna says

    As it happened, I made my own reservation just minutes before browsing this post :) I came here to update my recent update in the never-ending thread, but this thread is definitely more apropos.

    A few days ago it was announced that all Finns over 18 should qualify for the booster four months after their second shot, and are recommended to get it by six months. However, the city of Helsinki is just ramping up vaccination capacity and has set the minimum at five months. At my most convenient vaccination location, there were no free slots until early February -- incidentally just about six months after my second shot. More slots should yet open up for January and thereabouts, but I think those are really needed for older and more vulnerable adults, most of whom haven’t yet been boosted.

    In retrospect it was good that Finland began preparing for the third vaccination round in early autumn. However, things were advancing without any hurry until recently, and now we’re a bit caught with our pants down. My parents or my sister and BIL (who are high risk) didn’t get boosted by Christmas. We’re still having a small gathering, trying to make some use of home covid tests.

  2. lumipuna says

    I need to go and buy christmas carp

    I first read that as “I need to go and buy christmas crap” and thought “I’m so lucky I don’t”.

    Speaking of fish, I lucked out recently and bought a really fresh rainbow trout (usually, the ones at my local stores aren’t very fresh) at a bargain price. I salted some of it to make gravlax, a classic Nordic Christmas treat and one of my favorites.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Charly, hoping a good night’s sleep will do the trick. Our immune system is a mind-boggling thing, in both good and bad ways.

    I’ll be getting my third shot tomorrow. I was supposed to get it on 29th, but Espoo* seems to have opened more appointment slots, so I was able to change mine to this week.

    * = Basically the western suburbia of Helsinki, but a separate municipality.

  4. says

    I had a bit of soreness from my booster plus flu compound shot plus shingles shot. So, I had a glass of red wine and curled up under a blanket and listened to some Pink Floyd.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  5. lochaber says

    pretty small sample size, but all of my coworkers had a worse reaction to the booster than the first two doses (all pfizer, I believe), but their symptoms only lasted a day, maybe two.

    I got my booster earlier this month, and the following day I was really tired, kinda cold, and a bit “off”, but it cleared up by the end of the day.

    Hopefully your side effects clear up shortly, and congrats on getting boosted.

  6. StevoR says

    FWIW & anecdata I know, I’ve got my third (booster) shot booked already for a few weeks time. I had no side effects from my first shot -- just very slight soreness at the injection site. (Shoulder.) I did feel crook for about a day after my second shot -- also Pfizer -- with fatigue and a slight fever and headache. Definitely far preferable to risking getting covid. Oh and hope you feel beetr ASAP here too.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    I got my shot yesterday. It hurt because I didn’t relax my arm as well as I should have. The injection site is a bit tender, but no major ill effects.

    Fuck the Covid.

  8. avalus says

    Got my shot yesterday. My arm started to hurt a bit and I could not sleep well as I rolled on that arm every few minutes waking up. But it is getting better now and I have less fears meeting my 20 students in Lab class again, coming monday.
    Yay for Science!

    Also really cool: My best friend, that I know from 5 th grade, actually giving me the shot, as it really helped overcome my fear of needles that have to go in me. (They are now a senior health worker and I can’t thank them enough!)
    Yay for Friends!

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