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Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:02 pm
by Thumps
Hi folks - wanted to start a thread so fellow transplant patients could share their experiences around the Covid19 vaccination process.

I've been invited to my local hospital for mine on Saturday, with the second dose booked in for early April, 11 weeks away. Has anyone else had theirs yet? Which one? Any immediate ill effects?

For reference, I rarely if ever get any from our annual flu vaccinations, but when I got pneumococcal my arm was bright red and sore for several days!

Looking forward to feeling a little less at risk as these start to come through :)

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:04 pm
by wagolynn
Hi Thumps,
Lets hope you don't have any reaction, you must be one of the very few that react to vaccines.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:33 am
by Chris Wright
Getting mine today!

Yippee...

Second one booked in for early April.

Gotta traipse up to St Thomas's though, but relative to sitting at home getting bored, it's a bit of an adventure!

C

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:34 pm
by morzov
Interested to know if those being vaccinated getting it at their renal units?

My renal unit isn't doing them - no reason given - and says GP will contact me. They didn't seem terribly interested TBH.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:22 am
by Thumps
I had mine done at the hospital where my renal unit is, but it wasn't in the renal unit, just part of the overall vaccine centre.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:55 am
by Skm
Had mine on Sunday at local hub.
Felt nothing at time and don’t have a sore arm..I do wonder if they actually gave me one!

Had Astra Zeneca. No appointment for second dose. I’m a bit concerned. I can see appointments for this drifting. I don’t think being vulnerable with a dodgy immune response we can consider ourselves protected (all be it sub optimally) until 2 weeks after our second vaccination.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:47 am
by Chris Wright
morzov wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:34 pm Interested to know if those being vaccinated getting it at their renal units?

My renal unit isn't doing them - no reason given - and says GP will contact me. They didn't seem terribly interested TBH.
Was arranged by my renal unit, but i know my GP Surgery is doing it as well.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:45 pm
by wagolynn
My GP surgery contacted my wife to arrange her Covid jab at another surgery in town, eventually they reluctantly added an appointment for me.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:23 am
by morzov
Thanks for the replies and glad you have all had your first dose.

I know that for flu jabs and pneumonia jabs renal units don't usually get involved but given how long we have all been shielding and the high mortality rate for what they call solid organ transplant patients I think vaccination is every bit as important as our anti rejection drugs - possibly more so.

For that reason I am surprised that they aren't more involved. Not only is my unit not giving vaccines ,although the hospital it is based at is, when I asked them how they would know what vaccine I had been given and when, I got the reply "we are not intending to keep a database"!

I have a blood test next week and then a telephone consultation so I'll be bring this up.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:48 pm
by JMan
Some units are doing them 'in unit' (friends have had them) Friend. Non renal has had one and had flu like symptoms and a sore arm for a couple of days.

Probably something to do with Trust decisions more than anything. Thats the issue with semi privatisation.

Worth looking at the Webinars/NKF/KCUK and ZOE https://mailchi.mp/b71eafd9ad89/invite- ... 28ee019341
I've had a postal test a few days ago as someone who works with me has symptoms.

Both me and my partner got the test pronto, and hers has come back negative. My email should come through soon I guess.
I'm glad a new vaccine unit has opened up at a GP's surgery I can easily get to by bike.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 7:51 am
by Skm
The transplant nurses from my hospital rang yesterday to ask if I’d been vaccinated, when and with which vaccine. I’ve been vaccinated. Not sure what they would have done if I hadn’t. It was nice to get the support.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:35 pm
by wagolynn
My wife and I had our Covid Jab on Sat, lots of people were given the same time on Sat afternoon, there was quite a queue outside in the cold for about half an hour. Not very good, a few just turned round, and went home.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:11 am
by AllenC
Mine is booked for Tuesday at my GP’s surgery.
Hoping not to see a queue.

As to my renal unit being involved, I never expected they would be.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:58 pm
by Richard
Had my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine today, second booked in for April the 19th.

Very efficient service, I was straight in and out and so far I have a headache and a sore arm.

Re: Vaccines for Covid 19

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:57 pm
by Lou0601
I am almost 55 and stage 3a. Do you think I will be in the group of people having the virus because of underlying health conditions age 64 -16?