I had no prior health conditions before receiving the COVID vaccine. I’m 29 years old and I work every day and take care of three young kids.
At my workplace it wasn’t mandatory, but I felt pressured into getting it and it felt foreign to not get it because everyone would ask when I was getting it.
I got my first Moderna vaccine at Terry White and had no symptoms other than a sore arm.
My second Moderna vaccine was on 19 January 2022. Initially I had no symptoms until 24 January when a rash appeared in my armpits which I put down to heat rash.
On 25 January I presented to my GP because the rash was starting to show in my groin, under my breast, and on my hands. It was treated as an allergic reaction, and I was given creams and steroids even though nothing in my diet or wash routine had changed for me to be getting an allergic reaction.
I made another appointment for 27 January with a different doctor, who treated me for scabies. At this point my rash was painful and itchy and I wasn’t getting any relief.
I made another appointment on the 29th as I felt I needed another opinion. I was treated for a fungal infection and given cream and tablets for it. My rash still got worse, and my left hand started turning purple and was rock hard to touch. I wasn’t getting any sleep, the rash being that bad, and my legs were swelling.
That night I present to A&E. I had bloods taken and was told there were no abnormalities. I was told not to itch the rash and put calamine lotion on my body. They referred me to a dermatologist to see if they could help. I looked at my case notes the next day and they said I had dermatitis from drug use (I don’t take drugs). At this point I was struggling to do simple tasks like opening jars. I woke the next morning to hand tremors that continued for the next few days.
I had an appointment with a dermatologist on 31 January and was told I had a high white cell count and after looking at my rash and taking a swab I was treated for acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP).
I was given creams and the rash has slowly cleared since then but my hand is still hard.
Every health professional I’ve spoken too has said that it is an allergic reaction other than the dermatologist who said, “Some people are getting AGEP from Moderna,” but no one has documented this in their paperwork. Each GP I saw hardly looked at my rash and seemed to just prescribe me anything. I questioned the doctor who said it was scabies and he just replied, “We’ll just rule it out”.
I’m awaiting an appointment at a specialist vaccine clinic to get testing done to determine if the rash was caused by the Moderna vaccine because no one else seems to want to admit that it could be the cause.