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Poem: Fear of the Unknown - Moderna

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Fear of the unknown - Moderna started out as a poem but I decided to list the process and symptoms in an article to accompany it. She's a bit worried when she must sign away any responsibility before she receives the vaccine, but she is happy she took this first step.

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Fearing the Unknown - Moderna

When the moment finally approaches

she’s a wee bit worried

fearing the unknown

as she signs her “John Hancock” on the dotted line

releasing anyone’s responsibility.

She sits at a lone table

anxiously awaiting her turn

to feel the tiny prick of the syringe

dispersing the flow of the Moderna vaccine

Into her body.

Quick as a camera’s flash

she feels a gentle poke in her upper left arm

sighing in relief

as she watches the hands on the clock for the next fifteen minutes

while being observed for any immediate reactions.

Finally, she’s free to walk out the door

greeting the world happily with a new sense of energy

grateful she took the first step

to battle this dreaded coronavirus.


Process to Take Vaccine

I took the vaccine at a medical building operated by Fayette County Memorial Hospital in my little town.

The complete process was very organized. I was quite impressed with their efficiency. The staff was organized and the room was equipped with several different tables awaiting people's arrival.

I had to complete a few pages of paperwork and answer a few questions. The whole process took less than a half an hour.

Once the vaccine was given in my upper left arm, I had to remain seated at my table for fifteen minutes.

This is part of the routine to make sure you do not have any immediate reactions.


Symptoms After Vaccination

I had thought I would feel a cold sensation as the shot was administered in my arm, but I felt absolutely nothing.

The initial shot was virtually painless. I didn't even feel it.

Later that evening, I noticed an enormous pain in my arm. I suddenly felt like someone had beat me in the arm with a ball bat. This pain is excruciating.

The good news is that after 36 hours it has dissipated to almost no pain. It is still a little painful if I touch my arm, but it is nothing like it was that first evening.

I did experience a few times when my body felt hot all over, like a hot flash, but I did not have any fever.

The first morning afterwards I woke up with a light tingly sensation in my left hand. My fingers looked a wee bit swollen.

But as I went on with my day, the swelling in my fingers dissapeared and the tingliness vanished.


Happy I Took Vaccine

I am very happy I decided to take this first step. It gives me a sense of relief.

Finally, I feel like there is something I can actually do to fight this battle against this invisible force.

Coronavirus has taken up way to much of our lives. It is time we fight back.

I am looking forward to my 2nd dose on March 24, 2021. They say the reactions are a bit worse, but I am hopeful everything will be fine.

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 04, 2021:

Still hanging in there

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 01, 2021:


Neither of us got the vaccine according to our age group.

Our health conditions pushed us up into an earlier bracket.

I do understand your fear. It weighed alit on my mind also, but at the end I wanted to take the chance.

I want both of us to be able to live some sort of normal life, especially right now.

We never know how much time we have left.

I have watched this virus affect alot of people in this small town, and it is wicked.

Some make it through but have life altering conditions, like my friend who had an arm amputated to the elbow from a blood clot from coronavirus.

Others have not made it.

I just want to feel a bit safer.

After we finush the second dose, we are going to plan a vacation.

Please take care.

This us an individual choice, but I would hateto lose you to this invisible monster.

Enjoy your day.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 01, 2021:

Thanks for sharing your experience, Brenda. I'm not old enough (yet) to qualify for the vaccine. At this point, I have decided not to get it because I simply don't trust our FDA. If, by the time I turn 65 (in another year) this ugly monster is still terrorizing our planet and the FDA has perfected the vaccine, perhaps I'll rethink my decision.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:


Thank you.

I think it might help others to know what everyone is experiencing.

I'm glad to hear you will get yours soon.

Here in the United States the vaccine has only been approved for emergency use. It has not been fully approved.

I guess that's why we are signing paperwork that states we do not hold anyone responsible.

Usually it takes years to grt something approved in the United States so I am glad they have offered it to us.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:


Thank you.

Have a nice day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:


Thank you.

The health care workers, frontline workers and essential services were vaccinated here first also.

They are not even in my age group yet, but my turn got moved up due to previous health issues.

March is just around the corner, so hopefully you will get your first dose soon.

Take care.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 28, 2021:

It's good that many people are talking about their experiences with the vaccine, to encourage others. I'm still waiting for mine but will definitely take it when I'm invited. It should be some time this week.

We have a long-trusted NHS (national health service) here in England and research institutions which are tried and tested. I for one trust them. Even though it's taken a shorter time to come up with these vaccines, the research was purposely concentrated and companies around the world have also shared data, which is one of the great things to come out of this.


BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:


Thank you so much!

Have a great day!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 28, 2021:

Happy you took the vaccine and did not have a bad reaction. Nice poem.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 28, 2021:

It’s good that you got your first dose of the vaccine and also shared your experiences with others. I have heard almost the same, from my known people, who have been vaccinated.

In India, it’s the health workers, frontline workers and essential services people who have been vaccinated first. We are waiting for our turn, in March.

Thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 27, 2021:

Interesting poem Brenda on a very current topic of COVID vaccine.Good to hear about your experience Brenda.Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


Thank you.

We really don't go out much either, but we still will feel better once this is over and done with.

Going to the grocery is bad enough.

Please do be careful.

Have a nice day.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 27, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your experience, Brenda. It's good to hear about the specifics as we prepare to take our turn. I can't say that I'm rushing to get it but I will. I thankfully work at home. I go out when I need to but not to socialize. So I'm still feeling safe but will feel much safer once I get the vaccine.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


Thank you.

I hope you can get the vaccine soon.

Take care & stay safe.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on February 27, 2021:

I am waiting to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. I am excited for the privilege to get both shots.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


So glad to hear you got the first one done.

My arm didn't start getting sore until later that evening.

I pray you don't have any reactions.

I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Can't wait til the next one is done though.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


I understand that one completely.

Whenever I have my MRI 's my veins don't cooperate anymore.

Guess they are tired of getting stuck.

But the needle for this Covid-19 vaccine is a breeze.

I didn't even feel it.

Take care. I hope you are doing well.

Sending you good vibes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 27, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I just got my first vaccine Pfizer shot today, and so far no soreness or any other type of reaction. Good to have it out of the way! I go back for my second shot in 3 weeks. Sorry you had such a sore arm!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 27, 2021:

I have had so many injections a needle stick to me is common. I once had 5 IV needles trying to find my vein in less than 10 minutes. Nice one about Covid Vaccine fears.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


Thank you.

It sounds like you had the same reactions I have had.

I sure hope the second one isn't too bad...but I'm ready for it.

Pandemic ending...i doubt it. It feels like it is a part of our lives now.

Take care & stay safe.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 27, 2021:

We had the Moderma injection in Feb. and had sore arms for about three days. I felt hot but had no fever. We get the booster injection in March. I will be sooo glad when this pandemic is over. Great info. in your article. Stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


I'm so glad to hear this!

Let us know how you get along.

I believe this vaccine is worth it.

Take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 27, 2021:

I'm scheduled for March 7th and looking forward to it!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:

I took my first Moderna vaccination.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


Thank you.

I know...you are on the fence about it, but for me...there is no other choice.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


Thank you.

I'm glad I got this vaccine.

Thankfully we both took it at the same time so we are going through this together.

I have heard about the Johnson vaccine, but it is not as effective.

We are scheduled for our second dose on March 24.

I hope we can get through it with little to no side effects.

I'm glad to hear you & your husband have already had yours.

Just maybe we can live a bit more normally after these vaccines.

Take care.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 27, 2021:

Nice to hear about your experience Brenda

Sending Blessings

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 27, 2021:

I am glad you got the vaccine, Brenda. The arm pain that first day sounds awful. We got both Pfizer vaccines, and after the second one my husband had some fatigue but no big deal. I am glad you wrote about your experience. No there is another vaccine, J & J I think is the company.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 26, 2021:


Thank you.

I always like to know stuff before hand.

Hopefully this will help.

Have a great night.

Rosina S Khan on February 26, 2021:

It was nice to know about her experience of the first COVID vaccine shot. It prepares us as well for it, knowing what to expect and how it feels. Great job, Brenda! I really appreciate it.

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