An Irish medical student opened her experience with AstraZeneca – and offered advice to anyone planning to take a stroke.
Rachel O’Farrell Tyler, a third-year student at Trinity College Dublin, received her first dose in February.
The vaccine, developed by Oxford University, has been suspended in many European countries due to rare cases of blood clotting.
However, experts and the European Medicines Agency have assured that it is completely safe, as tens of millions of people around the world received injections without discharge.
Rachel said she was one of the first in line for the vaccine as she spends most of the year working at a number of hospitals across the country.
And the 22-year-old showed that the vaccine registration process was surprisingly quick and straightforward, as she eventually received her first stroke in the second half of February.
She explained: “We first received an e-mail about receiving the vaccine in mid-January, and this was the first thing we heard about receiving the vaccine, which I was pleasantly surprised by. and who is not.
“I got mine on February 22 and returned to the placement a week later. I think some hospital staff were still working at the time, but as they did so, last-year medical students were given priority over third- and fourth-year students. Their exams fit, and they had to be on internship. “
And Rachel admitted that while the side effects of AstraZeneca injections may be somewhat intense, they were both minor and short-lived.
She continued: “I know some people who have not had side effects, but I have had a few things.
“I was vaccinated at eight in the morning. I always get the flu vaccine, and I often have a sore arm, so I said I would take paracetamol and Nurofen just before I got it, just in case.
“So I took it and everything was fine. And since it’s a new vaccine, they wait 15 minutes after they get it, so I got mine at 8 a.m. and then I was held for 15 minutes.
“Then they checked the injection site for redness and then let me go.
“So I thought that in case of any side effects, I would drink tons of water, take paracetamol and Nurofen.
And then I would say that at 2 or 3 pm I had a little headache, a little pain, and I said, “Okay, I knew it was going to happen.” They gave me a card about the side effects, so I didn’t surprised.
“I had a little headache and I went to bed for a while, but I wasn’t let in or anything like that, it was more like the pain I would still get from the flu vaccine.
“As for AstraZeneca, the only thing that bothered me a little was that I had a fever. It wasn’t ridiculously high, but it was a clinical determination of temperature. So I just took more paracetamol and Nurofen and then when I woke up the next day , he was no more.
“So there were no serious side effects for my dose anyway, the only thing that lasted more than a day was fatigue, I got tired the next day.
“It just depended on the person. Two of my friends got it the same day as me. They got the same thing, feeling a little sore, a little feverish, but then I knew others who had nothing, even sores it’s just depended on the person.
“But no one I talked to had any serious side effects. We were fully explained before we got the shot, they said that if you get these things, it’s okay, so we kind of expected it to happen.” .
Rachel emphasized that any minor side effects could not be compared to the risks associated with coronavirus infection – and offered some advice to anyone who is in doubt about taking the vaccine.
She added, “A lot of people my age or even middle age will say things like,‘ Oh, but a serious illness wouldn’t happen to me, I’d be fine. ’It’s all well and good, and it’s a minority who are seriously ill, but absolutely it’s another matter when it happens to you.
“My close friend, who received Kovid, did not have any major diseases, they were in their early 20s, preparing for army reserves, completely healthy and healthy.
“And now they would have problems with exercise and shortness of breath that they would never have before Kovid.
“So you need to think about the overall picture you prefer: do you want to take this vaccine, well researched, well tested, put in a lot of effort, or risk an alternative where you don’t really know what will happen? , it’s a bit of a substitution.
“My thing when I took this was that it was another person or another step towards the immunity of the herd, which would return us to normal.
“Everything that I would take for granted, seeing friends, seeing family, going to a coffee shop or sitting indoors, everything that everyone wants to return.
“So I think the fact that I was able to deliver the vaccine early enough, go in and talk to people in hospitals and know that the number of vaccinations is growing is very good, it means we’re finally going in the right direction.”
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