1st of Might 2021 would possibly simply be a big day for me. It’s the day I selected to get my first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. I’m grateful to be in Singapore and to have the ability to select between Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer for brief now) and Moderna.

The explanation for this put up is to file it on my weblog as a reminder of the experiences I received in the course of the course of (identical to how I recorded my Lasik expertise). Do be reminded that the expertise that I described differs from individual to individual and can’t be a reference for everybody. Do examine together with your native authorities (MOH in Singapore) and/or dependable sources to get up-to-date COVID-19 data.

The Singapore Strategy of Getting Vaccinated

In Singapore, the Authorities acted quick to safe inventory for 3 sorts of vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Sinovac. As of this writing, solely Pfizer and Moderna are authorised by HSA (Well being Science Authority).

The Singapore vaccination course of began with frontliners, step by step to these with the next danger of an infection and eventually to residents. We began with senior residents and step by step moved in the direction of the youthful age teams. For my age group, I used to be capable of register my curiosity from the 24th of March 2021.

The Course of

In Singapore, we might want to go to a web site to register our curiosity if the age group is being chosen.

  • As soon as registered, you’ll be notified of the affirmation of your curiosity by way of SMS to your registered cellphone quantity.
  • You’ll then be notified and given a hyperlink (by way of SMS) to register your time slot for each the 1st and a couple ofnd doses of vaccination.
  • As soon as accomplished, you’ll be given a affirmation of the timeslots by way of SMS for the dates of the vaccination.

Simply in your data, for Pfizer, the twond dose is 21 days after your 1st dose and for Moderna, it’s 28 days later.

I hesitated to register initially as I’ve heard/learn tales of uncomfortable side effects of the vaccine. However, I did my analysis and weighed the professionals and cons of getting it.

A few of my buddies who registered early received their affirmation SMS quick (inside a number of hours to inside a number of days). I registered for mine on the 27th of March 2021.

After a number of days of ready, I acquired a reminder NOT to register once more and to proceed to attend for my out there time slots. I consider many are impatient and had resubmitted their curiosity once more.

Lastly, on the twelfth of April, I acquired the invitation to guide my timeslots.

I booked my 1st vaccination timeslot on a public vacation (1st of Might which is Labour Day) and my 2nd dose 21 days after (22nd of Might). I don’t bear in mind if I’m allowed to decide on the date for twond dose.

FYI, the vaccine sort is indicated clearly for every vaccination centre. In different phrases, you may select your vaccine primarily based on the vaccination centre. I selected my vaccination centre at Raffles Conference Centre primarily based on my comfort.

My 1st Dose of Pfizer BioNTECH Vaccine

My spouse and I arrived earlier at barely after 3:30 pm as our timeslots are 4 pm. By the best way, we had a full meal earlier than the vaccination.

1. We have been ushered to queue up systematically close to the vaccination centre. Time: 3:37 pm

2. We have to present them the SMS indictating the date of our vaccination.

3. As soon as the world is cleared up, we have been ushered to the venue. We have now to examine in to the venue as a part of the Protected Entry requirement. Time: 3:43 pm

4. Whereas queuing up, we have been requested if we now have any allergy symptoms and and many others. We have been offered a booklet with our solutions to the questions after that.

5. Lastly, I reached a counter to be requested if I’m right here for the 1st or 2nd dose, and to provide my NRIC (Identification Card) to substantiate my standing. In case you are with your loved ones, do word that you’ll be separated to proceed individually.

6. As soon as accomplished, I’ve to queue as much as get a queue quantity to get my vaccination. Time: 3:52pm

7. The first dose could be very quick. The physician went via with me among the questions once more and proceeded with the injection. The physician will place a plaster over the injection space. I’ve a bit of hiccup over this course of. After the injection, I used to be requested to carry on to the cotton whereas the physician ready the plaster. I eliminated the cotton earlier than he might see the injection space correctly and the physician pasted the plaster above the injection space.

This exhibits that the needle is so high quality that I don’t actually really feel something and the “wound” couldn’t be seen correctly.

8. Closing step of the vaccination course of is the half-hour ready time. This era is essential to detect any abnormalities after the injection. Time: 4:00pm

9. When the time is up, the queue quantity is named and there can be a last examine with the individual if we’re alright or not. If there may be nothing incorrect, that’s it. I used to be offered the COVID-19 Vaccination Card. Time: 4:32pm

General, it took lower than 1 hour to get the 1st dose of the vaccination.

48 hours after the 1st Dose

Once more, earlier than I describe my private experiences, it differs from individual to individual. Don’t anticipate everybody to really feel the identical.

The injection space, as anticipated, ached for days. It received worse after hours after the injection. I had no fever besides feeling fatigue and dryness in my throat. On my second day (2nd Might), after a great sleep, I really feel “regular”. I even went for a 10km night run however my arm nonetheless aches a bit of.

That’s it. Trying ahead to my 2nd dose on 22nd of Might 2021.