I got some side effects from the second jab; nothing terrible and entirely expected.
I had a very (very) mild fever that put me closer to “average” body temperature than I might normally be — I run significantly cooler than the average. I was still below average.
In addition, I felt like I might have had an older brother who thought it was funny to repeatedly slug my upper arm at the injection site. I’m pretty chill about getting immunizations and don’t usually tense up, so I don’t think it was a matter of not being relaxed. That said, it was a relatively painful injection while she was doing it, so she may have been the cause of the subsequent pain instead of a reaction from the vaccine.
I also had a period while sleeping (or attempting to) where I felt floaty and woozy, slightly achy. In other words, flu-like symptoms, but it was relatively mild.
This morning I have a bit of a headache and I feel wiped out. Otherwise, the arm feels bruised, but not punched and I don’t feel “off” in other ways. I’ve known other people who have had worse reactions to the second dose that I experienced, but none had to alter their lifestyle because of it.
I was going to make a joke about some of the bizarre conspiracy theories going on in social media about the vaccines, but I have decided not to give them any air here, even as a joke. I don’t want to contribute to the cult of anti-truth.