My Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Experience

On February 25, 2021, 6:50 PM EST, I was administered the first of two vaccination doses of the Moderna Vaccine.

I admittedly was initially hesitant at the thought of getting the vaccine. After doing my own research, listening to the guidance of experts, in addition to personal friends receiving the vaccination I felt confident that doing so was the right choice.

I’m a healthy 46-year-old man who attempts to take care of his health with an active lifestyle that includes physical fitness and attempts his best to consume a balanced diet. So it was important for me to protect myself and my family and also share my experience with others.

The process for the first vaccination

I arrived early for my vaccination appointment. I was asked if I felt sick, had a fever. I was also asked if I had tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks, or in contact with anyone who may have had it. Very basic and generic questions. I observed that all recipients of the vaccine are asked the same questions. I answered “no” to all

After getting the first shot, I was given a vaccination card with the lot number of the vaccine. All recipients receive the same card, which gets updated when they get their second dose of the vaccine.

I was then monitored for 15 minutes in case of an allergic reaction before I was allowed to leave. I set the alarm on my phone and waited until 7:07 PM and got up and left the facility and returned home for the evening.

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Reaction or Side effects

My vaccination shot was painless. At this time 11:30 PM, I have no side effects that are noticeable. I do however have a dull soreness in the injection location that started approximately 3 hours after my injection.


It’s February 26, 8:00 PM EST. and it’s been over 24 hours since my Moderna, NIAID vaccination. I’ve had no noticeable side-effects other than the continued dull soreness at my injection site. So far, so good.

It’s, Friday, March 5, 5:00 PM EST. It’s one week and a day since my vaccination and I have no adverse effect on my physical wellbeing or mood. I have been active since and continuing my workout routine. Now I just wait for my second dose which is scheduled for April 3, 2021.

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