Boosted and Full of Dread

Today we all got our Covid-Omicron booster and while we were at it, we got our flu shots too. I am a bit apprehensive about tonight and tomorrow. I did not have a particularly pleasant reaction to either of the Covid shots but at least I had only one shoulder that ached – this time, both my shoulders are beginning to ache and by evening I will probably be knackered. Oh well, still better than full-blown flu or covid with months-long aftereffects.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    I’m hoping you’ll recover quickly from your double tap.

    I had my flu shot this week (from work) and I’ll have my covid/omicron booster in December (unless I get a better appointment earlier, it could be two weeks earlier if there were free appointments somewhere accessible).

  2. Jazzlet says

    I hope achey shoulders are the worst of your reactions Charly.

    I am debating when to have my booster -- because I had an “infection” booster at the moment I am waiting, although I am eligible for an injected booster now. I am not sure how long I will wait.

  3. rq says

    Got both done on the same day though not at the same time, had the least side effects of all other covid shots. Good luck to you and yours!

  4. says

    Yeah, today was (and still is) totally craparooni. My shoulders ache, my pectoral muscles ache, and my armpit lymph nodes are slightly swollen and ache. I have elevated temperature. I feel bad enough not to be able to do anything much, but not bad enough to be able to spend all the time in bed. Not to mention that both aching shoulders make lying in bed on either side difficult.
    At least my parents cope well, their side-effects are not even remotely bad as mine.

  5. says

    Giliell, since you had Covid relatively recently, afaik you do not need a booster for a few months.

    I am questioning the wisdom of getting two vaccines at once. My parents are almost completely OK, none of them has fever and their shoulders do not ache anymore. I, on the other hand, have elevated temperature again, both my shoulders still hurt and both my armpits hurt too due to swollen lymph nodes. I do not feel particularly crappy but I am definitively not OK yet either.

  6. lumipuna says

    Giliell, since you had Covid relatively recently, afaik you do not need a booster for a few months.

    My parents (almost certainly both of them) had covid in April. A few months later, they went to their booster appointment, perhaps not realizing that the instructed waiting time was supposed to be six months. When questioned on infections, they admitted Mom had been positive. Dad got the shot anyway by truthfully asserting that he never came up positive in a home test. I gather he only did the test once or twice, with a poor technique.

    Recently, the instruction has been updated so that three months is enough for the high risk groups who are eligible for boosters in the first place. Mom got her booster a few weeks ago, shortly after the updated vaccine became finally available in Finland. I advised Dad to get a second booster as soon as he qualifies.

    Luckily, my parents are just over the age threshold (65) for continued boosters. My sister and her husband are moderately high risk for other reasons. I’m not eligible for any further shots, as per current policy. There is growing political pressure to give boosters to healthy working age adults (like in most other countries), but the national health authority and the Helsinki healthcare district aren’t budging yet.

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