Boosters have been approved and recommended by the CDC, the FDA, and my Doctor.
My 82-year-old Mom got her Pfizer booster as soon as they were approved and after a day of the usual side effects, now feels much safer as she joins her girlfriends for lunch out now and then. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson were next up! Moderna was a half dose, so I went with my Doctor’s recommendation and got the Moderna booster. I had more of the side effect reactions with the booster than I did the second initial dose. Fever, chills, reddening of my injection site area, and swelling of the lymph gland under the injected arm. Not fun, but it gave me a tiny glimpse into how debilitating full-blown COVID could have been for me and this is without any lung symptoms!
I have lung damage from chronic bouts of bronchitis, and that was part of what worried me about getting COVID19 personally. I was not sure my lungs would make it through the damage that the virus can cause.
Now I will not worry as much about that.
People ask, “Does this mean you won’t wear a mask anymore?”
No. I will still wear a mask any time I am in a crowded place or around people whose vaccination status I don’t know. I still have loved ones, both young and old, who have compromised immune systems or fragile lungs. I still have a grandson with Cystic Fibrosis who can’t get immunized yet. Things are better in the town I live in, but nowhere near the level of vaccination that would make us all safe.
Has my Burning Mouth pain been affected by the booster shot?
I can’t personally relate any change in my pain to the COVID vaccine, whether the first doses or the booster. I have seen some comments and a very small number of people report oral burning as a side effect of vaccination, but it looks like if there is a causal relationship, it is rare. Time will tell as researchers collect more data and correlate it.
This is science, my friends, and when you see things change, (booster recommendations, mask recommendations, etc.) it is because scientists have gathered more data over time. There are things they know for certain and things they don’t because this is a novel virus and there is only so much data until more time passes.
Stay safe and healthy out there!