- Jul 13, 2006
18-39 have been good to get vaccinated at a GP since early July (or was it end of June?) after a GP consult in VIC. State vax hubs are much more recent.Got my first AZ today at Jeff's shed on the (second?) day of eligibility and can say it is a well oiled operation and everyone I encountered was in good spirits. 2 weeks from now I'll get the flu shot and then I guess it will be another few weeks for the follow up shot. Apart from likely feeling like a bit of a pin cushion by then it does feel good to have it ticked off the list and pretty much everyone I know in VIC is either done or booked for their first now that 18-39 are good to go.
18-39 have been good to get vaccinated at a GP since early July (or was it end of June?) after a GP consult in VIC. State vax hubs are much more recent.
In my mind I had pinned the start of eligibility to when I could log on to the vaccine registration form and book myself in but you are quite right about the previous pathway for 18-39. Being able to book directly is a game changer for this age group, I'd say many are like me - wouldn't know who "speak to your GP" actually refers to - I must have 3 or 4 GPs at this point depending on where I am and how I plan to get there. None of them would know me from a bar of soap...18-39 have been good to get vaccinated at a GP since early July (or was it end of June?) after a GP consult in VIC. State vax hubs are much more recent.
So you're planning on having your second AZ after about 4 weeks?
In our experiences, the GP where you had the first dose contacts patients about 2-5 days before the second dose is due, currently (QLD) 12 weeks.It can be any GP.
My GP knows how to contact me so if he wants me to have the second dose sooner than the 12 weeks I'm sure he'll be in touch.
I get that, but my point was what's the point, if they are just going to ask the same questions I get asked at the mass vac centre? They don't have anything on hand other than the 1 or 2 times I dropped in prior for miscellaneous complaints, so I'm glad you can just go and get vaxed directly now. Unfortunately mine and many others lifestyles aren't really conducive to bouncing around to get it done, hence why I waited until I could book straight in at a time that suited me. Plus it is lockdown right now in VIC so I would find the idea of any return visit to be totally unnecessary if it could be avoided.By any GP I meant you can go to any GP to get informed consent before the first dose.
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I was originally under the (misguided) impression it was more common for symptoms to emerge within a couple of days, rather than a full week later, but I'm hearing a number of instances of it being more common than otherwise thought.That history is classical of a Pfizer vaccine reaction. Pericarditis is self limiting but you should have a serum troponin done. If it is myocarditis it is also usually self limiting but you should be monitored to exclude a cardiac arrhythmia.
Thought I'd share my experience here...
I had my first Pfizer jab on August 4th as a mid-20's male living with someone who is deemed at risk. The actual vaccine went incredibly smoothly at the Olympic Park hub. Took about 2.5 hours from arrival to departure, including a 2-hour delay.. a small price to pay for the privilege of a vaccination (no sarcasm intended). Once my line started to move, the efficiency of the system and staff was truly impressive.
My only short-term side effects were a sore arm for a couple of days after. This eased up, and I was on my way... or so I thought.
On about the 12th of August (so a little over a week later), I began to experience a mild discomfort in my chest and random episodes of shortness of breath. To be frank, I really didn't think much of it. Back in mid-July I was sick some sort of virus (not COVID), and a mild cough has lingered since then. On Sunday, I went for a 90-minute walk (given there is not much else to do in Sydney at the moment), and feel absolutely fine. In the afternoon, I decided to wash my car and was absolutely wrecked afterwards. I am fairly fit, so walking generally doesn't raise my heart rate too much, but the car washing must have done the trick. The chest discomfort sporadically continued into Monday. On Monday evening, I was experiencing what felt like a fairly erratic heartbeat.
I called the doctor first thing on Tuesday morning and explained my symptoms. Sent off with a referral for an ECG and some bloods. Results came back this morning, with the ECG suggestive of pericarditis. Interestingly, my GP has referred me for an echo tomorrow morning. My GP did not sound overly concerned, and her preference was clearly to keep me away from the ED unless my symptoms deteroriate. With that said, pre-COVID, these are symptoms I definitely would have attended the ED for, so that does leave me feeling somewhat concerned.
Why am I sharing this? I'm not sure to be honest. My intention is certainly not to instil any fear; in fact, even if I knew with 100% certainty that I would experience these side effects I would still have had my jab. And I still intend, GP-willing, to have my second jab early next month. With that said, it does feel 'weird' to have experienced side effects where there are such slim chances of occurence. Perhaps that is a result of the media and their incessant focus on the risks of vaccines.
That's interesting, thank you for sharing. I'm assuming the 'dr' in 'drron' is not just part of a pseudonym in asking this, but pre-COVID (i.e. without the concern of catching the disease while in hospital) would the recommendation be for someone with similar symptoms to present to the ED?Myocarditis/pericarditis side effect of the mRNA vaccines are usually after the second dose but can be after the first.No evidence that it will occur again at this stage though the numbers naturally aren't high.