I just got off the phone with someone who received his second dose of Moderna’s vaccine 4 days ago. He describes a severe reaction that almost landed him in the ICU. His symptoms began 8 hours after his (second) shot, and included fever, chills, severe body pain, extreme somnolence, and fatigue. He was zonked out for 4 days in a row, and is now slowly getting his energy back. He is 78 yo and is diabetic but is very well controlled on insulin.
This doctor explains it so well: the second dose of the vaccine pulls the immune system up by its ears and unleashes it like a pack of dogs on the viral spike proteins that the system now recognizes as foreign, thanks to the first dose. In short, the shenanigans are entirely the pissed-off immune system’s doing - all in the absence of a single live virus particle. Quite impressive, actually.
My second dose of Moderna is scheduled for 4/13. I am so looking forward to getting it, and coming down with an immune system sponsored shitstorm for days together. Sounds like fun.
It is almost a shame if, after going to all this trouble, one does not acquire an actual infection and let the immune system go apeshit on the little rascals.
On the positive side, I have 2 weeks of PTO left, so I will at least get paid to suffer.