When COVID 19 first reared its head, my thought was how would it affect people with thyroid conditions, like myself? People with autoimmune diseases were considered more vulnerable, but in my state, no thyroid autoimmune disease was eligible to receive the vaccine when it was first released.
I was very worried that there would be a shortage, or that I wouldn’t even be able to get an appointment when eligibility opened up. For months, people struggled to find appointments, and these were the most vulnerable people… what would happened when anyone could get the vaccine?
Strangely, the minute that the everyone was eligible, there was a surplus of appointments available. I still don’t understand what the government was doing. It literally made no sense. That’s really a conversation in itself.
After I made my appointment, I started having second thoughts, so I decided to consult two of my friends who are nurses and they both highly suggested that I get the vaccine. So, I made up my mind that I should do it.
Like everyone else (I’m sure), I heard many stories of people having all kinds of symptoms after receiving one or both doses of the vaccine. I heard that Pfizer was better than Moderna, that Moderna was better than Pfizer, all kinds of things about J&J and that wasn’t even considering what I heard on the news.
But my mind was made up. I wasn’t going to get tested for antibodies, I was just going to get the shot and deal with whatever side effects there were.
So, what actually happened? I got both doses of the Moderna vaccine and well, it’s all actually very anticlimactic. I had very mild symptoms after my first dose. The worst of it was the soreness. I did have some fatigue but not much else. I was more concerned for my second dose, but again, not much to tell. I did have a strange bout of chills and slight fever, but it broke very quickly. The arm was very sore after the second dose, but that was about it. I was able to work after each dose, for a majority of the day.
Now the question remains, does the vaccine affect thyroid conditions? I’d very much like to know.
There isn’t much research out there and the vaccine is so new, that there hasn’t even been enough time to test anything yet.
The American Thyroid Association suggests that everyone get the vaccine, thyroid condition or not. They have a an entire FAQ section, that you can check out here if you’re interested.
It will be interesting to see if the vaccine or COVID 19 itself will cause any adverse effects for people with thyroid conditions, but until that time, it’s up to each of us to make the decision whether getting a full or partial or no vaccine is right for us!
Of course, always consult with your doctor or primary care physician if you are concerned about any medical procedure.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care provider