“If I had it to do all over again, I would have gotten the vaccine.”

One of our patients gave us permission to share her COVID-19 story and asked to share with anyone questioning whether to get vaccinated.

“They offered me the vaccine when I took my mother in for her COVID vaccine. I told them I didn’t want it just yet, and I wanted to wait and see. I had done just fine without the vaccine.

“It isn’t that I don’t believe in vaccines. My sons have all of their vaccines for school. I was happy that my mother was vaccinated, so that I didn’t have to worry about her. Still, the vaccine is new and all. I just didn’t think I needed it. I am only in my 40s and pretty healthy.

“I started feeling sort of ill on a Saturday. I thought it was my allergies acting up. On Sunday, I had a headache and my muscles hurt. I thought it might be COVID so I went and got tested. They gave me prescriptions for steroids, antibiotics and an inhaler.

“I wasn’t surprised when my test came back positive, but I was a little afraid. You don’t really know what will happen when you get COVID.

“They called me the next day to arrange an infusion of those monoclonal antibodies. They told me that I should get them because I’m overweight and have high blood pressure. I told them that I didn’t know. I would have to talk to my family.

“My family thought the infusion would be a good idea. My husband took me in. He couldn’t go to work anyway because I had COVID. The infusion wasn’t so bad except I would’ve rather been at home in bed. I was told it would keep me from getting real sick.

“The vomiting and diarrhea started two days after the infusion. They tell me that it wasn’t the infusion but COVID that caused it. I got real weak and dizzy and went to the emergency room. I was hospitalized overnight to stop the vomiting and to give me fluids.

“I spent the next few days recovering, and now I’ve been allowed back to work. I feel pretty good. I used up all of my sick leave, and my husband had to use some of his vacation time to quarantine. We will only be able to take a short vacation this summer.

“The bills from the emergency room and my hospital stay have just started rolling in. Even though my health insurance is good, the deductibles are pretty large. That hurts. We don’t have a lot of extra money.

“My sons weren’t real happy with me. They had to stay home and do school online. The bigger thing was they couldn’t do their sports. One of them missed an important game. He said he felt like he let his team down.

“I guess I would like to say that I really hadn’t thought it all the way through. If I had it to do all over again, I would have gotten the vaccine.”

She has since been vaccinated.

Vaccine Smarts is written by Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences faculty members Drs. Megan Berman, an associate professor of internal medicine, and Richard Rupp, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch. For questions about vaccines, email vaccine.smarts@utmb.edu.

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(8) comments

Bailey Jones

COVID has killed 600,000 Americans. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have killed... none. COVID has put 100,000's of Americans in the hospital. The vaccines have hospitalized... none. COVID has left 10,000's of Americans with long-term debilitating medical problems. The vaccines? .. none. The new variants of COVID that are sweeping across the world are even worse.

This isn't a hard choice. Get vaccinated.

Carlos Ponce

"The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have killed... none." Misleading.

"As of May 10, there have been 4,434 reports of death following a COVID-19 vaccination according to VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System]."

Were deaths due to the vaccine? The deaths involved anaphylaxis and blood clots as a result of the vaccine. Some are allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. Why do you think they ask you to wait around 15 - 30 minutes after the jab? Adverse reactions are rare but to say they are perfectly safe is misleading.

If you have had adverse reactions to previous vaccines be wary and follow your personal health provider's advice. I know many whose doctor, knowing the patient's health history, have said "no" to the vaccine.

Bailey Jones

Why must everything you post be a lie, Carlols? Are you just too stupid or too lazy to verify these claims before you mindlessly repeat them - like some brainwashed cult member?

Here's the CDC statement, in full - "Over 285 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through May 24, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 4,863 reports of death (0.0017%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines."

So - deaths from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine = zero. In any population of > 100,00,000 people, in any given period of time, some number of people will die. I imagine that many people have died within hours of watching Tucker Carlson. While we may attribute brain death to that activity, the rest is coincidence, not causality. It's the same with the vaccines.

Try not to be so ignorant in your inevitable next comment.

But, by all means, if you are concerned about the safety of the vaccines, ask your doctor (preferably a real doctor, not one of Carlols' YouTube witch doctors).

Carlos Ponce

Why don't you learn to spell, Bailey? It's easy. C - A - R - L -O - S.

Bailey Jones

Yeah, it is easy, Carlols.

Carlos Ponce

So Bailey still cannot spell.... must be result of his Liberal education.[innocent]

Ted Gillis

Conservatives will have an objection to just about anything.

Richard George

What are the risk factors of COVID vs vaccination? What are the long term effects of the vaccine? What if I identify as a vaccinated person? Asking for a friend.

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