I work for Outdoor Education. I love sport and am a cricket and AFL umpire. I also have been involved with media so I know how one-sided it can get.
On Friday I had the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine at 12pm at the pharmacy. A 12.10pm I threw up and for the next hour was nauseous. I went to cricket and felt dizzy, light-headed, and weak. I then started getting hot and cold and got a dead arm followed by chest pains.
I went into the hospital to have an ECG, X-ray and blood tests done and I stayed overnight. The first nurse who saw me was rude and kept saying to stop making up stories about what actually happened and then said, “Are you an anti-vaxxer?”, which had nothing to do with what I was saying, I said I was fine up until I had the needle.
I still can’t run and have been walking slowly. I can’t sleep on my side and my arm still is throbbing in the spot where I was vaccinated and I have chest pains that come and go. Thankfully another doctor did say this is a reaction to the vaccine. They say blood clotting can occur within four or five days.
If they know about that, why is it mandated?
I have been given three or four days off work for taking it. I know there have been people worse off than me. I just wish there could be exemptions for those who can’t take it. My next one is booked for February but if I am still having issues and have had this reaction even after telling doctors, I would I am not sure how I’ll handle the second.