I’m 21 years old and a mother of one and have always been reasonably healthy without any problems prior to the vaccine. Obviously, being a mother, I have a lot of running around to do, and I also have to work to pay the bills and put food on the table. I didn’t want to get the vaccine, but I work as a caterer and my work mandated it. I didn’t feel like I had any other option, as I’m also going through the process of starting to build my first home.
I had my first Pfizer vaccine on 19 December 2021. I woke up on 22 December feeling very unwell. I was vomiting every 10 to 30 minutes, and I automatically thought it was gastro. I couldn’t eat, couldn’t walk, and was dizzy. I had to get my friend to pick my son up, as I could not look after my 15-month-old.
At around 3pm that day, I started getting major chest pain. It felt deep and sharp and was going from my chest through to my back with a burning sensation. I called healthdirect, but they just told me to go to hospital.
My partner came home from work early, and we went to the ED as we were getting worried.
We spoke to triage and they did the usual checks. After seeing my resting heart rate at 125 and that I was running a fever of 38.7°C, they rushed me in. I spoke to the doctor straight away, and he said my heart rate was in the high range. I mentioned that I had had the vaccine three days ago. They ran an ECG, X-ray and blood tests. They also put me on a drip, as I was dehydrated. After five hours, my fever dropped and so did my heart rate. The results came back normal, and he wrote down on my discharge form, “inflammation reaction post-vaccine”, but he also said, “I wouldn’t say this was serious enough to not get the second one”.
The day after, I returned to the hospital again, as I had shallow breath and a burning sensation down my left arm. I thought I was having a heart attack, but when I got there and they ran tests, the tests all came back fine, and they discharged me saying that I’m just bruised from the day before.
My chest was bruised for a week, and I still suffer from chest pain three and a half weeks on. I am due for my second vaccine, even though my work acknowledged my injury. I have tried to get an exemption, but I’m unable to without a diagnosed heart condition, and I need to work, so I have to get it.
Mine isn’t as bad as other people’s experience, but I am still scared. This isn’t much of a choice. No one has a choice. It’s either get the vaccine or end up homeless, with no social life.