We’ll never know whether this event was due to the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine or just because, but it is hard to dispute the coincidence of the events.
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My mother–we’ll call her Jean–is a front line worker. She works as a medical assistant in a dermatologist’s office in the state of Connecticut. Because of this, she was offered a Covid-19 vaccine in phase one as a front line worker. Jean is 62, and she has some medical issues, but probably not more than the average American 62-year-old person.
Earlier this year she had tested positive for Covid-19 after there was an outbreak at the place where my father works. My father, who had Covid-19 first, exhibited a lot of symptoms including a 102-degree fever for twelve days straight. My mother was asymptomatic.
Getting the Vaccine and the Medical Event Two Days After
On December 31st, 2020 Jean got the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. The next day she felt tired and had a slight fever, but the fever never reached over 100 degrees. The next day, she went out in the morning briefly, then came home and took a shower. Jean said it was while she was in the shower that she began to feel dizzy. She quickly got dressed and got into bed. While in bed, that is when the chills came on.
At around 11 a.m. I received a call from my mother’s home phone number. It wasn’t unusual that she called me, we spoke often enough, but her first sentence was muffled and I could not understand. I didn’t think much of it and figured she wasn’t as close to the receiver as she could have been, so I told her I didn’t hear.
The second time I was able to make out the words, “I can’t stop shivering,” and could also hear the sound of her teeth chattering through the phone. It was obvious by the sound of her voice that she was fearful for her own mortality and calling for help. Luckily, my girlfriend and I live in an apartment attached to the house (we pay just as much as the last tenants, wise guy) and were still home; we were just about to go out for the day.
I raced downstairs and found my mother in her bed under five large blankets. Still, she told me, “I’m so cold.” She was ghostly pale, shaking immensely, and her teeth clanking together uncontrollably.
I first called my girlfriend, Hannah, and asked her to bring down two of our warmest comforters, along with my car keys, and a jacket. Then I got on the phone with 911. While speaking with the dispatcher I placed the thick blankets on my mom, folding them over so they were each doubled up.
By the time the paramedics arrived ten minutes later Jean’s condition was slowly beginning to stabilize. She was still shaking, cold and chattering, but not to the point of it being a crisis condition anymore. She faintly responded to the paramedic’s questions herself, as they took her vitals. Beyond a 102 fever, her vitals were fine. The first responders advised Tylenol, rest, and calling back if things worsened again.
After the ambulance left, Jean threw up into a tissue box a bit, and then rested. I stayed with her until my father got home and she ran a fever until about 9 p.m. that night. The next day she was worn out, but the worst was behind her.
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Why Am I Telling This Story?
While I’m not saying that the vaccine definitely caused Jean’s frightening reaction, it’s a possibility, and that is why I believe this story is important. The Covid-19 vaccine was formulated and approved faster than any other in history–and it will do much good. But there should also be caution when taking these vaccine doses. Serious adverse reactions can happen. Were the vaccines tested on people who previously had Covid-19?
People should get the vaccine, I’m not saying they shouldn’t. But if you or someone you know is taking the Covid-19 vaccine, make sure there is someone on call close by in the days after. Just because negative reactions are a rare thing, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen.
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