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Commentary: Booster shots have side effects. Workplaces can afford to be more understanding


SINGAPORE: When the COVID-19 vaccine grew to become accessible in Singapore and slots for my age group opened up earlier this 12 months, I registered online immediately.

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It felt good to do my half in opposition to this new scary virus. I scheduled my first dose on a Sunday night and awakened the following morning feeling solely a barely sore arm. 

Just a few weeks later, I went in for my second dose – on a similar Sunday night slot. Except this time, issues had been vastly completely different.

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I woke at 3am, with a excessive fever and chills. I stumbled off the bed, popped some paracetamol but couldn’t sleep. My arm felt like a tonne of bricks.

Just a few hours later that Monday morning, I groggily awakened to the alarm going off. Things continued downhill.

While I used to be working from dwelling, I had a full day of duties forward of me. But as quickly as I sat down at my desk and logged on, I knew I had to take a sick day. Thankfully, I had a workforce who might fill in for me. I used to be again at work the following day after the worst results wore off though remnants of my mind fog persevered.

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Just a few weeks in the past, it was time for a booster shot. I’ll be trustworthy and say this time, I used to be very hesitant.

Knowing how the second dose tousled a number of of my days, I made a decision to plan this third shot fastidiously. So, I picked an early Saturday morning slot – with the weekend to take care of side results.

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True sufficient, a fever appeared a couple of hours in. Except this time, I had cleared my calendar and was prepared for it. Thankfully, the results had been a lot milder (additionally as a result of the third Moderna dose is way decrease than the primary two). By Monday, I used to be completely advantageous.

But after I initially advised my household and associates my booster plan, they mentioned I used to be “wasting” a wonderfully valuable weekend. I ought to have gotten the shot on a weekday and brought sick go away as a substitute of doing it throughout my private time.


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