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Title: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on February 24, 2021, 07:40:31 pm
At 10:30.  The VA emailed me today at 11:30AM, I called the number they gave me, and I was all set up with both appointments within 10 minutes.

It will be the Pfizer vaccine. The second dose will be March 18th.

We have been trying what seems like forever, on various web sites with no luck at all.

I tried the Publix website at 7:00 this morning, by 7:47, Pinellas county was out of vaccine.

The Publix website is still available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 am.

You go to there website, and it refreshes automatically every 60 seconds, and you hope that you get into the appointment que, to set up appt. We both have been doing this for several weeks with no luck, besides checking out Samsclub, Walmart , Winn Dixie, Walgreens and CVS. We only know one other person my age that has received the vaccine.

So that's what we've been doing on those days, but the bad weather slowed things down quite a bit.

Now we will try to get My Partner Ed, his vaccine.


Ray  8)



Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on February 28, 2021, 08:39:33 pm

Now we will try to get My Partner Ed, his vaccine.


Ray  8)

OK, we're all set !! Ed received his EMAIL, a couple hours ago, and his two appointments are now set up.

He will get his first on Wednesday morning at 10:00am.( Pfizer).. His second one is scheduled for March 24th.

Meanwhile,.... No problems here with my first shot. The arm was just the slightest bit sore, but it only lasted a less than a day.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Snowangel on March 01, 2021, 01:43:38 pm
Trying to attain a vaccine appt is a hot mess here too!  I feel so bad for the people who have no computer access.
It took me days before I was able to get mine and the appt was weeks out.  I got my first dose already and my second is mid March.

Good luck and stay well!

Snow
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 03, 2021, 11:16:40 am
we're going today to get our first shot!

South Carolina is planning to open up to 55+ (including adults with comorbidities) on Mar 8th and is allowing early signup. Although my hubby is only 54, having HIV is on the list, so I got us both registered today.....and right after that got to set up the appointments for this afternoon! I'm very excited!

My mom and her husband (both older than 75) have gotten both their shots, along with my 103 yr. old grandmother in her nursing home. My youngest brother and his wife got COVID (from their son, when they helped him move some new furniture) back in August and were quite ill for 3 weeks. Recently they volunteered at a Charlotte NC vaccine location and got their first shot. (they should just about be ready for shot 2 next week). All this is excellent as me, my mom, my sister-in-law, 2 brothers, 2 nephews, and 1 niece (a new nurse who has had her 2 shots) all have our birthdays from feb 21 to mar 23. At this rate, we'll be able to have our big March birthday bash sometime in early April!!! A little late and a little over a year from the last time we all were able to get together last March.

The only downside is my middle brother. He's got a late Feb birthday, but he's 54 so isn't eligible yet.  :'(  He's a little bit of a loner anyway so maybe he can just zoom in to our birthday bash.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 03, 2021, 04:45:00 pm
we're going today to get our first shot!

South Carolina is planning to open up to 55+ (including adults with comorbidities) on Mar 8th and is allowing early signup. Although my hubby is only 54, having HIV is on the list, so I got us both registered today.....and right after that got to set up the appointments for this afternoon! I'm very excited!



That's great Mike !! It is such a relief to get that first shot ! Ed got his first shot at 9:40 this morning. It was quick and very well organized. I dont think it took more than 30 minutes.( This was the State doing it) They were giving them out in an old abandoned Winn Dixie .

From there, we went down to the VA, as I had a rehab Appointment scheduled for my right shoulder.

I had slight problems with my right rotator cuff, and the Dr, gave me a shot 3 weeks ago.

 The good news is, I have no pain, and full mobility again in he right arm. After he gave me the shot, the pain went away.

 I had the same issue in 1997, with the same rotator cuff, and the shot back then lasted, up until 3 months ago, when it started acting up again. Hopefully the steroid injection he gave me 3 weeks ago, will last another 24 years.

If it does, last that long,  that will take me to the ripe old age of 93.  :P


 I have an MRI scheduled next Monday, just to recheck the area around my rotator cuff, My second Covid on the 18th, and an eye exam on the 22nd. March is a very busy month for me.


Hope everything is going well for you. ( You too Snow),....

This VA, was offering the covid vaccine to all ( Vets) who entered the main hospital, and who also did not have a previous appointment to get one. It's really beginning to roll out now.


Ray  8)

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 04, 2021, 08:18:25 am
Oh man,I'll be at the last people 😢. Did you have any weird side effects ? Or everything is mint?
Man,I cant wait to get it over with too so I can start clinicals.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 04, 2021, 10:06:39 am
Oh man,I'll be at the last people 😢. Did you have any weird side effects ? Or everything is mint?
Man,I cant wait to get it over with too so I can start clinicals.

No side effects!  Only a little bit of tenderness at the injection site, for a few hours.  Otherwise, all is well !

Hopefully you will get yours soon !!  Fingers crossed for you

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 04, 2021, 11:14:18 am
It was quick and very well organized. I dont think it took more than 30 minutes.( This was the State doing it) They were giving them out in an old abandoned Winn Dixie .
took us about 30 mins (including the 15-min wait to see if you're going to spaz out to the vaccine. :) I had a nice chat with nurse who stuck me about my allergies to horses, aspirin and pineapple. I was the 2nd pineapple allergy she had talked to that day! The local hospital with the city (not my current city which is just a town but my former city about 20 miles away) took over an old discount store and was really working on stabbing lots of people. They are doing 20 patients every 15 mins because of all the stations they have set up.

the shot itself? Never felt it. the easiest jab I've ever gotten - and after 30ish yrs with treating HIV/AIDS, I've been jabbed a LOT!!! I lost count years ago after over 325 needle sticks (for meds, blood draws, all those jabs in the hospital) Today though my arm is sore as hell! :( Hubby has the same issue. However a friend that went earlier in the morning isn't having any issues. the jerk. LOL


I had the same issue in 1997, with the same rotator cuff, and the shot back then lasted, up until 3 months ago, when it started acting up again.
ugh. i don't want to jinx myself but I've had a rotator cuff issue too. A few years back it hurt like hell and my right arm was numb all the time. I did the MRI thing but knew 3 people who the surgery had helped and 3 people who felt they were worse off. 50/50? I'm so not a gambler so those odds sucked. I put off the surgery and, lo and behold, my shoulder quit hurting and my arm isn't numb. (don't jinx, don't jinx, don't jinx)

If it does, last that long,  that will take me to the ripe old age of 93.  :P
My Grandmother is about 5 months from turning 104, and I'm afraid I'm going to live that long too!?!

March is a very busy month for me.
March is always busy for us. It's birthday month! Starting on Feb 21 to Mar 23, my mom, a nephew, a niece, both my younger brothers, a sister-in-law, and 5 friends have birthdays. My birthday is coming up too this month on the 14th (3.14 aka PI day :) mmm pie). I'll be entering the last year of my 50s!! Fifty-nine is pretty damned good considering I was supposed to have died back on my 36th and 38th birthdays. hahaha screw you HIV. I'm living to 104! :D

Oh, and screw you too COVID. I've got a shot in my arm and always have a mask on when I'm out, and I hardly ever go out. LOL
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 05, 2021, 06:04:23 am
No side effects!  Only a little bit of tenderness at the injection site, for a few hours.  Otherwise, all is well !

Hopefully you will get yours soon !!  Fingers crossed for you

Ray  8)

Glad everything went well,hopefully the entire country (and the world) gets done with this virus so you can get to normalcy faster.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 07, 2021, 05:25:34 am
We are still on the 60-62 age group in Greece (my dad missed the age group,he is 56 haha) and it will probably take a lot of time till they reach the 25 group (me).
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on March 08, 2021, 04:42:35 am
Glad to see you guys in the south are getting those shots. Supposedly here in Oregon they'll start the people with underlying health conditions, between 45 to 65 at the end of the month, but the biggest complaint has been trying to sign up for the shots.. they run out of appointments quick and still to many people who have been eligible can't seem to get appointments.. it's sort of a cluster fuck. And guess what, they're not going to verify if you have any underlying conditions.. it's all on an honor system system, lol.

@fabio - so your underlying condition isn't prioritized in greece? I sure hope you don't have to long a wait.

Anyways, I got my mask and sanitizer so I'm not to worried about that bug.. I really just want to get it so I could fly without worries.

I did recently get the shingles vaccine and it did hit me with a sore arm and a couple of days of fatigue. I guess that means it's working. Stay safe everyone.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 08, 2021, 09:10:24 am
Glad to see you guys in the south are getting those shots. Supposedly here in Oregon they'll start the people with underlying health conditions, between 45 to 65 at the end of the month, but the biggest complaint has been trying to sign up for the shots.. they run out of appointments quick and still to many people who have been eligible can't seem to get appointments.. it's sort of a cluster fuck. And guess what, they're not going to verify if you have any underlying conditions.. it's all on an honor system system, lol.

@fabio - so your underlying condition isn't prioritized in greece? I sure hope you don't have to long a wait.

Anyways, I got my mask and sanitizer so I'm not to worried about that bug.. I really just want to get it so I could fly without worries.

I did recently get the shingles vaccine and it did hit me with a sore arm and a couple of days of fatigue. I guess that means it's working. Stay safe everyone.

They dont really consider hiv positive people in the "sensitive groups" but it's still alright because I do live in an island so it wont be a big issue with getting infected ,since we have zero cases now.

Hopefully I do get it done quickly.

I remember having shingles,it was quite awful. It's a good thing you did the  vaccine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on March 08, 2021, 01:26:09 pm
They dont really consider hiv positive people in the "sensitive groups" but it's still alright because I do live in an island so it wont be a big issue with getting infected ,since we have zero cases now.

Hopefully I do get it done quickly.

I remember having shingles,it was quite awful. It's a good thing you did the  vaccine.

Guess with zero cases you're good to go. Oregon does have cases but I think we have the 3rd lowest covid deaths per capita in the US and pretty low cases compared to other states.. I think it's due to our governor's strict covid regulations.

I never had shingles and from what you say it doesn't sound like any fun.. I'm due for a booster in a couple of months.
I was also offered the flu vaccine but decided to pass since flu season was virtually non existent during covid.. aren't mask awesome 😷

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 08, 2021, 01:38:52 pm
That's true,the flu was nothing this year. I do have to do my follow up check ups this month or the next,but I'll have to do a lot of paperwork and make sure there is a ferry boat to come back (otherwise I'll be stuck there and hotels aren't open). Its really crappy that nothing is open in Greece,but understandable.
I will also ask about the vaccine and when it's a good time to do it,although I doubt they will know. I do hope I haven't messed up,but I dont think theres any news about hiv positive people doing the vaccine now.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 08, 2021, 07:52:38 pm
I never had shingles and from what you say it doesn't sound like any fun.. I'm due for a booster in a couple of months.
shingles are/can be very icky. And I didn't even have them as bad as my husband. Like mine, his outbreak of shingles was a long time ago. While mine only covered one hip (wearing pants was mostly unbearable for weeks), his outbreak ran up  the side of his face and very nearly affected his eye. (I have known one person who had shingles in their eye!)

aren't mask awesome 😷
I hope we mask up every flu/cold season. Not even getting the sniffles this Winter was wonderful. The sniffles I'm getting now are from some early pre-Spring pollen.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: metekrop on March 09, 2021, 09:06:24 pm
Hello there,

I am 52 and schedule to take covid19 vaccination. However, I worried that this vaccination is going to make me sick as I know few people who terribly sick after taking this vacation. So, is there anyone who takes the vaccination who can share his experience of the vaccine?

Greatly appreciate.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on March 09, 2021, 09:12:24 pm
https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=75065.msg
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: metekrop on March 11, 2021, 02:19:58 pm
Thank you Jim for the information you provided me with.  It is helpful and uplifting and will be going and take the vaccine.  Thank you, brother.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: OneTampa on March 11, 2021, 02:43:01 pm
Getting my COVID Vaccination in 2 weeks.

Hope all goes well with no issues.

Best,

OT

 :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: OneTampa on March 11, 2021, 02:46:20 pm
Getting my COVID Vaccination in two weeks.

Looking for all to go well.

Will report back.

Best.

OT

 :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on March 11, 2021, 04:42:21 pm


 as I know few people who terribly sick after taking this vacation. 




Hello,

those people you are referring to, are they also hiv+ ?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on March 11, 2021, 10:24:06 pm




         ojo.        Hi everyone!...I got my first shot, coronavirus vaccination, from moderna, so far no problems, just I little sore on the injection site...very organized and quick procedure, second shot on April 8...I will let you know how it goes...hugs
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 12, 2021, 02:36:00 am
So,I did call the secretary on my ID ward and they said that I will do the vaccine normally (with my age group and all) so I will most probably wait long...
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Pirata on March 14, 2021, 01:49:52 pm
I had my first dose two weeks ago, I got the one from Pfizer and I didn’t have any secondary reactions, my arm was sore a little but after 2 days was fine. Getting my second dose next Friday the 19th
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: pozzitive on March 14, 2021, 03:59:10 pm
A very irrational fear took over me today when I was able to sign up for my vaccine tomorrow.
I thought I was going to feel relieved and happy but all of a sudden all the can-go-wrong scenarios are playing in my head.

Ugh.

I guess I just want to hear how everyone else felt and maybe some support.

I know this is sort of childish and ridiculous.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on March 14, 2021, 04:49:55 pm



         ojo.          Hi, I got my moderna vaccine last Thursday, first shot, I just felt my arm sore, like when I got the flu shot, it lasted just one day...you are going to be fine, relax... please let us know how it goes and what vaccinations you’re going to get... good luck
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gafry53 on March 15, 2021, 10:04:40 am
If you had the covid-19 vaccine please let us know if you had any reactions or problems. We are already taking drugs to control our HIV now more to control possible covid-19. Give us your feed back if it effected your HIV or if you had a bad reaction.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on March 15, 2021, 01:54:46 pm


         ojo.          Hi, I got my moderna vaccine last Thursday, first shot, I just felt my arm sore, like when I got the flu shot, it lasted just one day...you are going to be fine, relax... please let us know how it goes and what vaccinations you’re going to get... good luck

Here in Europe a few countries (also the Netherlands and Belgium) has suspended vaccination with Astra Zeneca's vaccine Moderna, due to some severe side effects. I guess it's temporarily until it's figured out who's at risk for complications.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56404542

"Covid-19: France, Germany and Italy suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany, France and Italy have halted rollouts of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after a series of incidents in Europe involving blood clots.
They join several smaller European nations who have halted vaccinations as a precaution while checks are made."
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on March 15, 2021, 08:14:16 pm



         ojo.          Hi!!!
@Grasshopper. Moderna is a vaccine from the USA, AstraZeneca is from England, they are two different vaccine vaccines. I got my first shot last Thursday no problems, only a sore arm...hugs my friend
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: venom_X on March 16, 2021, 12:45:34 am
Just want to share some personal experience with the SARS-CoV2 vaccine.

I got my first dose early last month, the Moderna one. In my life, I took many vaccines and never had any serious reaction. The worst reaction I had with any vaccines in the past was with the Gardasil 4, I got a big red sore arm for about 2 weeks after the 3rd dose. All other vaccines I barely noticed a thing.

Now with the Moderna, I got a sore arm for about 2 days after the injection and then it went away. On exactly the 8th day, the skin just right below where the needle went in starts to itch and a few hours later, a big red bump developed about 1 inch below where the needle went in, it is warm to touch and extremely itchy but not painful. A day later (9th day after injection), it enlarges to about 5 inches in diameter with the center bump being hard and warm to touch. It was the worst on the 3rd day (10th day after injection) and it really feels like cellulitis but I'm sure this time it's not a bacteria infection. Then it started to calm down and completely resolved in a week (14 days post injection).

I'm still debating whether I should go for the 2nd dose, as it's already over a month past the 1st dose.

I've been reading on this, a recent publication on NEJM talked about this phenomenon but I found most patients that had this reaction are female (I'm a guy). The biopsy suggests T cell infiltration to the injection site and the authors hypothesize it's the Type IV hypersensitivity due to overly active T cells, could be type of auto-immune/hyper immune scenario. I never had allergy or auto-immune issues prior to the HIV infection, not sure if this is somehow related to the HIV infection.

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2102131

Anyone here have similar reactions? And did you take the 2nd dose?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 16, 2021, 06:09:02 pm


I'm still debating whether I should go for the 2nd dose, as it's already over a month past the 1st dose.



https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2102131




Hi,


Sorry to hear about the issues that you were having with the first dose of Moderna. I really believe, you need to talk with your primary care doctor and see what He/she says about this. I don't believe there is much lee-way with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. If too much rime goes between your first and second dose, it may just render the first dose useless.

You REALLY need to look into this further, and quickly Take care ...

I wish I could give you more advice, I now know quite a few people that have had Pfizer, moderna, and the  J and J, and no one has reported  issues, with any of the three vaccines.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 19, 2021, 08:34:29 pm
I received my second vaccination, yesterday morning at 10:30. Happy to report all is well. No arm pain at all.

I also just read that "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is partially closed because of COVID"

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/03/19/trumps-mar-a-lago-partially-closed-because-of-covid-outbreak-reports-say//
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Pirata on March 20, 2021, 02:48:34 pm
I had my second dose yesterday. I didn’t have any side effects the first time or the second time, just a little tenderness in the injection spot. I got Pfizer. Here in North Carolina  they have done a great job.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: PozChilean on March 21, 2021, 12:29:23 am
I had my second Pfizer shot in early March. I couldn't be more greatful.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gafry53 on March 21, 2021, 08:56:11 am
Has anyone got the vaccine who is undetectable and did you have any reactions and what kind ?? I am undetectable  taking Atripla and waiting to see what this experiment vaccine does to your immune system before taking any vaccine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on March 21, 2021, 09:04:32 am
Not sure what you mean with experiment

Anyhow, plenty of people have had the vaccine including forum members.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gafry53 on March 21, 2021, 09:09:22 am
I know your working for the drug companies.
So your answer is taken with a grain of salt.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gafry53 on March 21, 2021, 09:14:52 am
So called NEWS don't tell you over 1500 died and 30,000 plus had side effects form the vaccine. They also don't tell you that Doctors are not sure of the long term effect it has on your immune system? I am waiting a long time to take this for a virus that had a 99% survival rate. This Country is full of people afraid because they are not informed and don't want to be.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on March 21, 2021, 09:17:06 am
I know your working for the drug companies.
So your answer is taken with a grain of salt.

Ugh, please stop posting bullshit.  Had enough of your nonsense, consider yourself warned.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 21, 2021, 09:22:17 am
Has anyone got the vaccine who is undetectable and did you have any reactions and what kind ?? I am undetectable  taking Atripla and waiting to see what this experiment vaccine does to your immune system before taking any vaccine.

if you read through this thread is full of people who are UD and have little to no reactions to the vaccine.

It's not that much of an "experimental" vaccine
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mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

Researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades. Interest has grown in these vaccines because they can be developed in a laboratory using readily available materials. This means the process can be standardized and scaled up, making vaccine development faster than traditional methods of making vaccines.

mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV). As soon as the necessary information about the virus that causes COVID-19 was available, scientists began designing the mRNA instructions for cells to build the unique spike protein into an mRNA vaccine.

Future mRNA vaccine technology may allow for one vaccine to provide protection for multiple diseases, thus decreasing the number of shots needed for protection against common vaccine-preventable diseases.

Beyond vaccines, cancer research has used mRNA to trigger the immune system to target specific cancer cells."
https://https://www.thebodypro.com/article/mrna-vaccine-covid-19-hiv
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

You might not want to be to dismissive of mrna vaccines as they might end up curing HIV
https://www.thebodypro.com/article/mrna-vaccine-covid-19-hiv

as to worrying about this vaccine, I would suggest that instead you consider changing from Atripla to something more effective with less side effects. That drug is no longer prescribed as a front line medication because other much better (more effective, less side effects) meds have been on the market for a decade of more.

I know your working for the drug companies.
So your answer is taken with a grain of salt.
your answer was a little rude and dismissive although Jim's answer said nothing tainted by the drug companies. MRNA meds aren't really experimental and plenty of people, including forum members (like me!) have had this vaccine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: PozChilean on March 21, 2021, 10:22:19 am
Has anyone got the vaccine who is undetectable and did you have any reactions and what kind ?? I am undetectable  taking Atripla and waiting to see what this experiment vaccine does to your immune system before taking any vaccine.
If you're an antivaxxer there's not much any of us can say to change your mind.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 21, 2021, 12:53:06 pm
So called NEWS don't tell you over 1500 died and 30,000 plus had side effects form the vaccine. They also don't tell you that Doctors are not sure of the long term effect it has on your immune system? I am waiting a long time to take this for a virus that had a 99% survival rate.
your math skills are atrocious.

You can't look at the quantity because every year there are more people on earth and more of everything happening. The population is larger every year. Usually more people vote every time. More diseases are happening to all those larger populations. Etc. So to understand the impact of something you have to consider the percentage. For example, aspirin kills 9000 people a year! Sounds terrible doesn't it?! but out of billions of doses per year to an ever increasing patient base that 9k doesn't even equate to 1% of the population.

So far over 100 million doses have been given out in America alone and the percentage of death is only 0.0018%
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

Also that 99% survival rate you are touting, that's only good for people who don't have additional comorbidities, who are younger than 50, who aren't black or latinx, etc. For some people the survival rate ain't that good, and we all should have a bit of empathy for those of us who aren't as lucky.

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This Country is full of people afraid because they are not informed and don't want to be.
and that's a completely misinformed viewpoint about those other "people". Not understanding or not agreeing with the safety precautions of others doesn't make them un-informed.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on March 21, 2021, 02:51:13 pm
I'm due for my shot very soon, but like I've said before.. even after a full vaccination I will continue to mask up where feasible like public transportation.
 
Variations of the virus are spreading due to some very stubborn people refusing to follow the advice of our scientific experts, and they don't know if the current vaccine is effective against the new strains.

I know your working for the drug companies.
So your answer is taken with a grain of salt.

You mean the same drug companies that have kept you from dying of AIDS? C'mon dude, you're being ridiculous.. I don't think HIV drug companies need to plant someone to pretend they're poz to sell their drugs.. they pretty much sell themselves.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 21, 2021, 03:38:32 pm
If you're an antivaxxer there's not much any of us can say to change your mind.


We spoke the other day to one of our neighbors.  She's 73, she also told me, that she refuses to take the covid vaccine, just like she refuses to take the annual flu vaccine. Her husband  has already had his first one.

She has worked at cutting hair in nursing homes, so she hasn't been employed, for over a year. I mentioned to her, that she may never get back into the nursing home, without showing her card from the CDC, that she has received the doses necessary. she just shrugged me off.

She also said when it's her time to go" God will call her home."

My response to her was, " well, you can just stop taking those 12 other medications that are keeping you alive, and God can call you sooner" .  I don't think she understood my point. !  ::)

Ray

 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on March 21, 2021, 09:11:09 pm



          ojo.      Vvv v.   Hello everybody... I think I read someone saying that he/she is not taking the vaccine because doctors don’t know what the long time effects are, we are taking art and we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but, we know what happens in the present if we don’t take antiretroviral meds, DEATH, so, I will worry in the future if my pp gets bigger because having gotten the Covid vaccine... just a thought, but the way, I got my first MODERNA shot next one, April 8th...hugs
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: OneTampa on March 22, 2021, 09:34:40 am
I received my second vaccination, yesterday morning at 10:30. Happy to report all is well. No arm pain at all.

I also just read that "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is partially closed because of COVID"

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/03/19/trumps-mar-a-lago-partially-closed-because-of-covid-outbreak-reports-say//

Wonderful for you!  I go in for my appointment today.  Will report back how it goes. 

Best,

OT

 :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 22, 2021, 11:20:03 am
Wonderful for you!  I go in for my appointment today.  Will report back how it goes. 

Best,

OT

 :)


Good luck to you !!
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: OneTampa on March 23, 2021, 04:55:55 pm
Good luck to you !!

Got my 1st COVID Vaccine shot yesterday.

No injection site issue.

Did later at night have a slight headache and felt tired.  It all went away after an hour or so.

Feel great now.

A curious event though.  The Nurse gave me a Card to show that I had the Vaccine. The 2nd dose will be entered onto the Card after it happens.  Was told to carry the card with me and also keep near passport.  Hope this initiative does not turn into a bad misuse process.

Best to Everyone,

OT

 :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 23, 2021, 06:48:21 pm
Got my 1st COVID Vaccine shot yesterday.



A curious event though.  The Nurse gave me a Card to show that I had the Vaccine. The 2nd dose will be entered onto the Card after it happens.  Was told to carry the card with me and also keep near passport.  Hope this initiative does not turn into a bad misuse process.

Best to Everyone,

OT

 :)


Yes,  don't loose the card, although, if do, you should be able to get a replacement. That card is a record with the CDC, that the vaccine was given.

The nurse at the VA, told me to take a picture of it with my phone.  I did, and then sen it to my email, in a folder marked CDC vaccination.

And when you get your second dose, they will fill it out and give it back to you. There may come a time, if it already hasn't happened, that if you fly, you may need to present that card.

Also, there are two other places on that card for more vaccines. I am thinking that maybe somewhere down the road, it may be determined to get another Pfizer vaccine, booster.


Glad it all went well for you !!----Ray


PS,... My partner gets his second one ( Pfizer) tomorrow morning at 9:45
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 23, 2021, 07:05:22 pm
I personally don't believe that this will be a misuse of information. Lets hope not.

My full name is on the card, Date of birth, along with the last 4 numbers of my social security  Some Patients may have a patient identification number, instead of last 4 SS.

It also list 2 different numbers for the separate doses,EN****, and EN*** ,.. which are most likely a batch, or lot #'s numbers of the vaccine.

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on March 23, 2021, 07:13:13 pm


Plus, I already scanned the card and made two additional copies of it for my file.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: stratosphere on March 23, 2021, 08:01:25 pm
Hello,  i had my second dose this morning (Pfizer) and had a pretty good day.  My arm is starting to get sore now and the body aches are coming on a little.  My partner was telling me to take Tylenol before i go to bed but i do wonder if that would affect my Atripla and also it has acetaminophen in it.  Not sure if i trust taking that or not. 

Anyone had any experience with side effects on the second dose?  If so how did you deal with it,  if at all. 

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on March 24, 2021, 06:39:50 am
My partner was telling me to take Tylenol before i go to bed but i do wonder if that would affect my Atripla and also it has acetaminophen in it.
Atripla is comprised of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Tylenol (brand name for acetaminophen) does not effect HIV meds and is recommended for dealing with mild Covid vaccine side effects like soreness, aches, and/or fever
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: stratosphere on March 24, 2021, 09:10:09 am
Atripla is comprised of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. Tylenol (brand name for acetaminophen) does not effect HIV meds and is recommended for dealing with mild Covid vaccine side effects like soreness, aches, and/or fever

Thank you Leatherman.  I ended up not taking anything at all and just took a warm shower instead and used heating pads.  Slept okay,  a bit of nausea which may or may not even be related.  I'm still pretty sore today but not feverish so hopefully i am good now.  From hearing some of the stories i thought this would be worse,  so there is that. 

Cheers
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on March 29, 2021, 04:08:11 pm
Looking at what's been published so far I'm should be in the 2nd stage/phase of people receiving the vaccine here. Still waiting for details though, coms have not been great.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: TexasDragon on March 29, 2021, 11:52:10 pm
I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Saturday, March 27. That is the single dose vaccine.

Ok - it hurt. I mean it stung like a mother! I expected something like a flu shot, pinprick going in and nothing much from just the injection itself. Oh no - i had a sharp and profound burn when she injected the vaccine. She said most people do and she massaged it in a bit and it helped.

By Sunday, my arm, shoulder, and up the side of my neck and head felt very stiff and sore. No fever. No chills. But definitely felt bad - tired, restless, headache.

Monday now and not much has changed.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on March 30, 2021, 01:28:07 am
I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Saturday, March 27. That is the single dose vaccine.

Ok - it hurt. I mean it stung like a mother! I expected something like a flu shot, pinprick going in and nothing much from just the injection itself. Oh no - i had a sharp and profound burn when she injected the vaccine. She said most people do and she massaged it in a bit and it helped.

By Sunday, my arm, shoulder, and up the side of my neck and head felt very stiff and sore. No fever. No chills. But definitely felt bad - tired, restless, headache.

Monday now and not much has changed.

Oh man, and I wanted to do the J&J vaccine haha. Now I'm scared (like with most injections) until the time comes (which is probably quite far) when the people at 25 are the ones to get vaccinated.

The shoulder stiffness is to be expected I guess, usually it is what happens with most injections. Had the same thing with the vaccines they did to me on the military. They didn't even say what was in it. It could easily have been sugar syrup, lol.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on March 31, 2021, 04:39:37 pm
Well, the update here is they changed the vaccine stages/groups. I think I've gone from group 4 that would be due soon to group 7. So it will be a while longer until I get vaccinated.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 01, 2021, 02:04:30 am
They are considering doing the university students early here with the J&J vaccine so we might get that done quick (might is the keyword).
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on April 01, 2021, 11:17:15 am
Mr&Mr Leatherman got our 2nd pfizers shot a week ago. Once again I had a sore arm the next day - but nothing like that first time. so that part was good. my hubby though, this time he didn't get a sore arm but he did get a day full of nausea. ugh. but, you know, yeah! it's working. :D

Like the nurse for my first dose, the nurse this time and I laughed about my odd allergies (horses, aspirin, pineapple - an animal, a med and a fruit) and how amazing it was that I've been living with HIV for about 37 years now (wow. i didn't feel so old on my birthday day two weeks ago but writing 37 yrs does kinda make me feel old. WooHoo! LOL) The nurse also talked to me about how many different reactions she was hearing about. Mostly headaches, nausea, fever and arm aches. But, she said, everyone seemed to have oddly different combinations, duration, and extent of those side effects.

My heart did get to racing just a bit while we were waiting in the 15-min observation area. Because of the slow-then-fast rollout of the vaccine in my state (South Carolina), although there were only a few of us at the clinic when we got our first shots, the state was expediating teacher vaccinations, and the clinic this time was quite full. Spaced only 6ft away, while I was chatting with my hubby, I could hear people around me chatting also. (**oh wait! I did have another side effect. but I'll tell you about that in a minute) There was a gaggle of teachers just to my right, chatting up about all their covid experiences - not only with the education system, but personally!

My heart rate jumped up again and again as each time one of these teachers talked about how they and their families had had covid and what symptoms they had dealt with!!  :o The germophobe-AIDS-hermit-that-I-was-in-the-90s, who stills lives just in the back of my head, was screaming in terror!!!  :o :o

Of course about then I was starting to have one other odd side effect. Starting as we finished our wait time (and I got the hell away from those teachers and their germs!!), I began to have some brain fog.  ??? I haven't had that since my old aIdS dayz  8) It lasted for several hours, so I was glad my hubby was driving that day. It did however make our shopping trips to Sams quite enjoyable. Kinda high and hazy and shopping?? You couldn't ask for a nicer vaccinated afternoon. :D
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on April 05, 2021, 07:39:34 pm



         ojo.        Hello everyone!

Question: if someone is living with aids, is it OK to get vaccinated?... I will appreciate did your feedback. Thank you.                                           ojo
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 09, 2021, 10:13:19 pm


         ojo.        Hello everyone!

Question: if someone is living with aids, is it OK to get vaccinated?... I will appreciate did your feedback. Thank you.                                           ojo

I think you should be fine but you can always ask before them jab you. Your CD4's are over 200 at the moment, right? I know I am getting mine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 09, 2021, 10:16:35 pm
Well, the update here is they changed the vaccine stages/groups. I think I've gone from group 4 that would be due soon to group 7. So it will be a while longer until I get vaccinated.

Heard from the Hospital today they ordered my vaccine as they have me in the "Extreme vulnerable group" so group 4 going meaning I will be notified within the next 4/5 days and vaccinated within the next 10.  :) Happy days.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: PozChilean on April 09, 2021, 10:49:30 pm
I got my second Pfizer dose in early March so this week I was able to get a flu shot.

@Jim: Yay at getting your first shot within the next few weeks!
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on April 10, 2021, 08:29:57 am
I think you should be fine but you can always ask before them jab you. Your CD4's are over 200 at the moment, right? I know I am getting mine.

Hi Jim, thanks for replying...my cd4 level is 600/800 incredible, after being diagnosed with aids and  any 20 cd4 in 1994. I’ve been in that range for the last three years.

I was asking for a friend who stopped treatment 14 months ago, his last cd4 level was 1200, now he doesn’t know his level. I asked my ID doctor and he said that it was ok for him to get  the vaccine.

By the way, I got my moderna second shot on Thursday, yesterday , Friday, I was in bed with chills and body aches, no fever tho, today, Saturday, feeling OK...hugs
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 10, 2021, 10:47:25 am

Rachael Maddow From MSNBC,  speaks last night on receiving her Johnson & Johnson vaccine yesterday.


https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/maddow-set-your-concerns-aside-and-get-vaccinated-do-it-for-others-if-not-for-yourself-109959749614

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on April 12, 2021, 04:35:12 am
Well, finally I got an appointment for my first shot Tuesday.. 1 week before everyone will be eligible.

I really don't understand our governor's strategy.. pushing teachers ahead of grocery workers, seniors and ppl with comorbidities.. just to open schools back up so the kiddies can take the covid back home to mom and dad?.. whatever, what do I know.

Guess what really matters is ppl are getting it, the more the merrier.. What the covid pandemic and it's vaccine may teach us is it takes more than a village.. probably the entire world to get onboard, if we don't want a variant that we won't be able to control.

Rachael Maddow From MSNBC,  speaks last night on receiving her Johnson & Johnson vaccine yesterday.


https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/maddow-set-your-concerns-aside-and-get-vaccinated-do-it-for-others-if-not-for-yourself-109959749614

Ray  8)
I wish everyone had common sense.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 13, 2021, 09:33:25 pm
Well, finally I got an appointment for my first shot Tuesday.. 1 week before everyone will be eligible.



I am assuming you meant today for getting your vaccine. How did everything go ?


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on April 13, 2021, 09:53:25 pm
I am assuming you meant today for getting your vaccine. How did everything go ?


Ray

Yes😃, TODAY!!

I felt nothing, it was the Pfizer one. It was sunny outside, not a cloud in the sky.. I ate a burrito from a nearby truck afterwards. 🌞 🌯 🌈
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 13, 2021, 10:23:20 pm
Yes😃, TODAY!!

I felt nothing, it was the Pfizer one. It was sunny outside, not a cloud in the sky.. I ate a burrito from a nearby truck afterwards. 🌞 🌯 🌈

Great !! 1 more to go !  8)

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 14, 2021, 12:40:15 pm
Ugh so they stopped vaccines for my group again pending review regarding blood clot risks. >:(

I read all the reports etc and I just want to be vaccinated already.

Oh well I'll have to wait a little longer it seems
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 14, 2021, 01:14:00 pm
Ugh so they stopped vaccines for my group again pending review regarding blood clot risks. >:(

I read all the reports etc and I just want to be vaccinated already.

Oh well I'll have to wait a little longer it seems

They stopped the j &J vaccine in the US due to clots. One death because of it.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 14, 2021, 02:28:49 pm
They stopped the j &J vaccine in the US due to clots. One death because of it.

Yeah heard the US had pauzed the J&J shot. Here it's the AstraZeneca shot causing some concerns.

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2021/0413/1209536-covid-19-ireland/
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 15, 2021, 09:36:48 am
Oh man,and my dad is about to do the J&J at 21 of April for the 50-55 age group...
Hope things go well for all of us.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on April 15, 2021, 01:04:22 pm
Over here the vaccination rollout is at snail pace. I still have not got an appointment even I am eligible under phase 2 (diabetes). On the positive side, both my parents get their 1st dose end of this month under the above 60 category. I think they will be getting China Sinovac jab. No choices here. One get what the government give.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 15, 2021, 03:50:55 pm
Woman in Virginia may have died as result of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine


https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/woman-in-virginia-may-have-died-as-result-of-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine/291-aa85a8a5-a3a2-41b3-a355-c45598008f57
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 15, 2021, 05:55:12 pm
Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

He also said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/15/pfizer-ceo-says-third-covid-vaccine-dose-likely-needed-within-12-months.html


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 21, 2021, 06:38:06 pm
Hey guys,just checked online with my insurance number if I'm on the list for vaccination. Turns out I am...but I'm kind of scared to just go like that and make an appointment. Tomorrow I'll call my ID department to see what I should do and if it's necessary to do it now. I'm a bit scared now.....
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on April 21, 2021, 08:06:54 pm
what I should do
get vaccinated!

if it's necessary to do it now
YES!

I'm a bit scared now
why? didn't you read this thread?  :D A whole bunch of us PLWH have been vaccinated.....and no one died, and no one has gotten covid. Sure your arm might hurt for a day or two, or maybe you'll feel sick and crappy for a day. That's not much of a sacrifice to not die and stay alive. You're already taking daily meds so you stay alive and don't die from HIV, why not this vaccination.

and speaking of vaccinations, there's flu, tetanus, pneumonia, etc vaccinations that you ought to make sure you're gotten too. ;)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 21, 2021, 08:23:50 pm

Fabio,..

If you are on the appointment list to get vaccinated, by all means get it !!


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 21, 2021, 08:30:59 pm
get vaccinated!

and speaking of vaccinations, there's flu, tetanus, pneumonia, etc vaccinations that you ought to make sure you're gotten too. ;)



HIV Infection and Adult Vaccination


https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/health-conditions/hiv.html


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 22, 2021, 11:09:43 am
Hey guys,just checked online with my insurance number if I'm on the list for vaccination. Turns out I am...but I'm kind of scared to just go like that and make an appointment. Tomorrow I'll call my ID department to see what I should do and if it's necessary to do it now. I'm a bit scared now.....

Wish I was getting my vaccine.

Anyhow, go for it.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 22, 2021, 02:27:46 pm
I am gonna contact my docs first and then do the appointment it could just be false alarm,because the age group is still on the 55 and up.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 22, 2021, 02:30:18 pm
get vaccinated!
YES!
why? didn't you read this thread?  :D A whole bunch of us PLWH have been vaccinated.....and no one died, and no one has gotten covid. Sure your arm might hurt for a day or two, or maybe you'll feel sick and crappy for a day. That's not much of a sacrifice to not die and stay alive. You're already taking daily meds so you stay alive and don't die from HIV, why not this vaccination.

and speaking of vaccinations, there's flu, tetanus, pneumonia, etc vaccinations that you ought to make sure you're gotten too. ;)
It's not that I dont want to,but I'm mostly scared of messing up the appointments. I do want to contact my doctors first to consult them if it's ok for me to do it now or wait a bit.
The beurocracy of it all is what scares and fills me with anxiety.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on April 23, 2021, 02:59:16 am
It's not that I dont want to,but I'm mostly scared of messing up the appointments. I do want to contact my doctors first to consult them if it's ok for me to do it now or wait a bit.
The beurocracy of it all is what scares and fills me with anxiety.

NO....it's NOT the "beurocracy"......since you first want to consult your doctors  :P

Before I made appointments for my parents, I first called their doctors to check if there were any contra indications or health issues for them to get the Pfizer shots.

Our ID doctor told us in january that there was going to a trial with hiv patients early february to study the effects of the vaccine, we enlisted....but the whole schedule got messed up because of the vaccine shortage. We are still waiting for the call.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 23, 2021, 03:33:00 am
NO....it's NOT the "beurocracy"......since you first want to consult your doctors  :P

Before I made appointments for my parents, I first called their doctors to check if there were any contra indications or health issues for them to get the Pfizer shots.

Our ID doctor told us in january that there was going to a trial with hiv patients early february to study the effects of the vaccine, we enlisted....but the whole schedule got messed up because of the vaccine shortage. We are still waiting for the call.
I mostly want to ask because I'm not sure how to go about making the appointment since there is little info from the government,that's what I meant haha. In general,beurocracy in Greece is the worst. Since hitting 18 I hate going to public services (not only they are rude,but they send you to irrelevant places).
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 23, 2021, 03:22:23 pm
I am gonna contact my docs first and then do the appointment it could just be false alarm,because the age group is still on the 55 and up.

Just tell them you are 55, that you just look just young for your age.  ;D

Anyway,...good luck to you,... And I hope you can get the vaccine soon. !!

Until then,... Just do what you doing, and stay safe, until that time when you can get the vaccine.

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gafry53 on April 25, 2021, 06:38:07 pm
I was wondering if anyone who has taken the covid-19 vaccine and is on HIV medications had an effects?? Wonder what the long term effect on our immune system will be ??
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 25, 2021, 08:49:10 pm
@gafry53

Stop it! If you come back with more of the same on vaccines it will lead to a time out from the forum. (Ban)

If you don't want to be vaccinated that's up to you.

Questions:

I was wondering if anyone who has taken the covid-19 vaccine and is on HIV medications had an effects?? Wonder what the long term effect on our immune system will be ??

If you had the covid-19 vaccine please let us know if you had any reactions or problems. We are already taking drugs to control our HIV now more to control possible covid-19. Give us your feed back if it effected your HIV or if you had a bad reaction.

Has anyone got the vaccine who is undetectable and did you have any reactions and what kind ?? I am undetectable  taking Atripla and waiting to see what this experiment vaccine does to your immune system before taking any vaccine.

I know your working for the drug companies.
So your answer is taken with a grain of salt.

So called NEWS don't tell you over 1500 died and 30,000 plus had side effects form the vaccine. They also don't tell you that Doctors are not sure of the long term effect it has on your immune system? I am waiting a long time to take this for a virus that had a 99% survival rate. This Country is full of people afraid because they are not informed and don't want to be.

Answers:

Not sure what you mean with experiment

Anyhow, plenty of people have had the vaccine including forum members.

          ojo.      Vvv v.   Hello everybody... I think I read someone saying that he/she is not taking the vaccine because doctors don’t know what the long time effects are, we are taking art and we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but, we know what happens in the present if we don’t take antiretroviral meds, DEATH, so, I will worry in the future if my pp gets bigger because having gotten the Covid vaccine... just a thought, but the way, I got my first MODERNA shot next one, April 8th...hugs

Ugh, please stop posting bullshit.  Had enough of your nonsense, consider yourself warned.

if you read through this thread is full of people who are UD and have little to no reactions to the vaccine.

It's not that much of an "experimental" vaccinehttps://https://www.thebodypro.com/article/mrna-vaccine-covid-19-hiv
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

You might not want to be to dismissive of mrna vaccines as they might end up curing HIV
https://www.thebodypro.com/article/mrna-vaccine-covid-19-hiv

as to worrying about this vaccine, I would suggest that instead you consider changing from Atripla to something more effective with less side effects. That drug is no longer prescribed as a front line medication because other much better (more effective, less side effects) meds have been on the market for a decade of more.
your answer was a little rude and dismissive although Jim's answer said nothing tainted by the drug companies. MRNA meds aren't really experimental and plenty of people, including forum members (like me!) have had this vaccine.

If you're an antivaxxer there's not much any of us can say to change your mind.

your math skills are atrocious.

You can't look at the quantity because every year there are more people on earth and more of everything happening. The population is larger every year. Usually more people vote every time. More diseases are happening to all those larger populations. Etc. So to understand the impact of something you have to consider the percentage. For example, aspirin kills 9000 people a year! Sounds terrible doesn't it?! but out of billions of doses per year to an ever increasing patient base that 9k doesn't even equate to 1% of the population.

So far over 100 million doses have been given out in America alone and the percentage of death is only 0.0018%
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

Also that 99% survival rate you are touting, that's only good for people who don't have additional comorbidities, who are younger than 50, who aren't black or latinx, etc. For some people the survival rate ain't that good, and we all should have a bit of empathy for those of us who aren't as lucky.
and that's a completely misinformed viewpoint about those other "people". Not understanding or not agreeing with the safety precautions of others doesn't make them un-informed.

You mean the same drug companies that have kept you from dying of AIDS? C'mon dude, you're being ridiculous.. I don't think HIV drug companies need to plant someone to pretend they're poz to sell their drugs.. they pretty much sell themselves.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html
https://immunizebc.ca/ask-us/questions/are-there-long-term-side-effects-caused-mrna-covid-19-vaccines-how-do-we-know
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 28, 2021, 04:34:49 am
Good news! I just got the green light from my doctors and my papers were ready. I only went to the pharmacy and booked both my appointments for the vaccine, the first one being at 17th of May and the other one on June.
Although I dont know which vaccine it will be, I'm kinda bummed that I'll have to do 2 doses haha. Oh well,now I can enter the vaccination club,hope there are some good prizes 😂.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 28, 2021, 05:10:53 pm
Good news! I just got the green light from my doctors and my papers were ready. I only went to the pharmacy and booked both my appointments for the vaccine, the first one being at 17th of May and the other one on June.
Although I dont know which vaccine it will be, I'm kinda bummed that I'll have to do 2 doses haha. Oh well,now I can enter the vaccination club,hope there are some good prizes 😂.

Oh,.... That's GREAT !!  8) Glad to see the ball rolling, and that you will soon have your first shot !!  8)

Ray  :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: zach on April 28, 2021, 05:29:40 pm
May the fourth be with me

1st shot scheduled 5/4
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 28, 2021, 09:13:48 pm
May the fourth be with me

1st shot scheduled 5/4

 :)  FANTASTIC !!

Ray 8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 29, 2021, 07:20:02 pm
Exclusive: Pfizer begins exporting U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico


https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/exclusive-pfizer-begins-exporting-us-made-covid-19-shots-abroad-starting-with-2021-04-29/


Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico this week includes doses made in its U.S. plant, the first of what are expected to be ongoing exports of its shots from the United States, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on April 29, 2021, 11:34:38 pm
Just want to ask if anyone is willing to take AstraZeneca vaccine?

Reason I am asking is that we have a very slow rollout date for vaccine appointments,
Our government is considering to “release” AstraZeneca on a first come first served basis for those (any age) willing to take this brand instead waiting for those in phase 3 (below 60 group).
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on April 30, 2021, 02:29:46 am
Yes, I am willing to take it, 58 year old male. Probably be the best offer I get in Thailand. I see no issues, I know of the blood clot issues but if you look at the statistics involved, I wouldn't be concerned. If on the other hand I was a young lady, already taking birth control pills, I would think about it a bit more.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on April 30, 2021, 04:59:21 am
I would too,although I'll probably be getting another one now. It could be astra zeneca,they don't really tell us here which one it is. Not to mention ages 30-49 will be doing AstraZeneca without any objection,because that's the only one for that age group.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on April 30, 2021, 06:03:29 am
Thanks Dave, Thanks Fabio,
Ok, I will go for it once we can register ourself under this program & not wait for phase 3. I guess the very very tiny risk is better then not having any jab. Tks
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on April 30, 2021, 07:10:28 am
Quote
It could be astra zeneca,they don't really tell us here which one it is
although not about this comment per se, it seems a lot of people don't understand this vaccine roll-out. I've never heard of anyone getting to "choose" which one they want. What happens is, depending on vaccine approval dates and manufacturing processes, doses are created and shipped out to next on the list basically.

Pzifer, moderna, and then J&J have rolled out in America and which vaccine you get depends on when it was manufactured, how much was allocated to your state, what type was shipped to your local hospital or vaccination location, and when you were able to get the vaccine. Because many locations receive shipments of all of these brands, when and where you get the vaccination is the factor in determining what brand you will receive.

When I got my vaccine, I got the pzifer because the previous shipment of Moderna to our area had run out and the next shipment sent to this vaccination location was Pzifer. A few local clinics got more moderna along with J&J, so what type you got depended on when you got the shot and at what location.

I found out what med I was getting when I got it. I would imagine that the same thing happens anywhere else. the nurse/health professional who gives you the vaccination should inform you. If not, the brand should be noted in the paperwork you are given. So much data is being tracked about this disease and these vaccinations, there's no way you and the person giving you the shot shouldn't be able to easily find out which one you have received. I don't think there are many countries giving out vaccinations now, that regularly inject their citizens with drugs without some sort of paperwork and consent from the patient.

tl;dr
no one really "chooses" what vaccine they receive. it depends on what was shipped to your area. ask the nurse giving the shot. they'll have paperwork about what type your getting.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on April 30, 2021, 09:32:27 am
Just want to ask if anyone is willing to take AstraZeneca vaccine?

Reason I am asking is that we have a very slow rollout date for vaccine appointments,
Our government is considering to “release” AstraZeneca on a first come first served basis for those (any age) willing to take this brand instead waiting for those in phase 3 (below 60 group).

Yes.

I just got home from getting vaccinated today. In Ireland, they are only vaccinating the 60 + group this month + the very high-risk group.

I got the Pfizer vaccine, However, I did not ask beforehand and would have taken whatever one they had.

https://twitter.com/JimAllenDublin/status/1388108913791352834

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjGf44wb/vaccine.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNCKHxp4/vaccine-ireland.jpg)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 30, 2021, 09:58:13 am
Yes.

I just got home from getting vaccinated today. In Ireland, they are only vaccinating the 60 + group this month + the very high-risk group.

I got the Pfizer vaccine, However, I did not ask beforehand and would have taken whatever one they had.

https://twitter.com/JimAllenDublin/status/1388108913791352834

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjGf44wb/vaccine.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNCKHxp4/vaccine-ireland.jpg)

😊 glad you finally got your shot Jim.  Great !

Ray 8
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 30, 2021, 10:05:57 am
 8)

All of my family members and closest friends have already received, either their single J and J dose, or both doses of the Phizer or Moderna vaccine. Everyone is Fine ! My sister received the J and J dose. she is 64. No problems.

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on April 30, 2021, 11:16:14 am
Noted again, I will try to get ANY vaccine once opportunity comes. Both my parents already got their 1st dose pzifer. They are almost 90. As for me there is no clear indication when we will get a date. Glad government is considering “1st come 1st served” for AZ. Critics here calculated at current rate, it will takes 4 years to vaccinate all.  ;D
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on April 30, 2021, 05:03:00 pm
For any veterans on this site, that have not received their vaccine yet,.. I received this email today, about the Covid 19  vaccine.

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An update on the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine


We’re starting to offer the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine again at VA health facilities. We’ll provide this vaccine—along with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines—to Veterans, spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients who are at least 18 years old. Supply varies by facility.
How we made this decision


We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
When a very small number of people who received the Janssen vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots, CDC and FDA experts recommended a pause in providing this vaccine. They did this to give them time to study the issue. They then carefully reviewed these cases and all available data.

 Based on this review, they’re confident that this vaccine is safe for use and works well to prevent COVID-19.

The available data shows:
•   The vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks
•   The chance of blood clots after getting this vaccine is very low
What this means for you


If you haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccine from VA, your local facility will contact you when they have one for you. If we offer you the Janssen vaccine, we’ll give you information about the potential risks and benefits. This includes the rare risk of blood clots. We’ll also tell you about your other vaccine options.

The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccines is to protect those we serve from COVID-19. And your safety—and the safety of all who receive a COVID-19 vaccine from VA—remains our priority.


What you can do next

To learn about your VA health facility’s current plan, go to the facility’s website. Once you’re on the site, go to Health care services, then COVID-19 in the menu.
Find your nearest VA health facility that offers COVID-19 vaccines
If you have questions about this vaccine, contact your primary health care provider. If you get care through VA, you can send a secure message to your VA provider.
Send a secure message to your VA provider to ask about COVID-19 vaccines
Note: Please don’t come to a VA health facility to request a COVID-19 vaccine unless you have an appointment or received an invite to a vaccine clinic.
 
You’re getting this email because you signed up on VA.gov to get updates about our COVID-19 vaccine plans. If someone forwarded this email to you, you can sign up to receive future updates.
If you don’t want to get these emails anymore, you can unsubscribe at any time."

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on May 01, 2021, 04:25:35 am
although not about this comment per se, it seems a lot of people don't understand this vaccine roll-out. I've never heard of anyone getting to "choose" which one they want. What happens is, depending on vaccine approval dates and manufacturing processes, doses are created and shipped out to next on the list basically.

Pzifer, moderna, and then J&J have rolled out in America and which vaccine you get depends on when it was manufactured, how much was allocated to your state, what type was shipped to your local hospital or vaccination location, and when you were able to get the vaccine. Because many locations receive shipments of all of these brands, when and where you get the vaccination is the factor in determining what brand you will receive.

When I got my vaccine, I got the pzifer because the previous shipment of Moderna to our area had run out and the next shipment sent to this vaccination location was Pzifer. A few local clinics got more moderna along with J&J, so what type you got depended on when you got the shot and at what location.

I found out what med I was getting when I got it. I would imagine that the same thing happens anywhere else. the nurse/health professional who gives you the vaccination should inform you. If not, the brand should be noted in the paperwork you are given. So much data is being tracked about this disease and these vaccinations, there's no way you and the person giving you the shot shouldn't be able to easily find out which one you have received. I don't think there are many countries giving out vaccinations now, that regularly inject their citizens with drugs without some sort of paperwork and consent from the patient.

tl;dr
no one really "chooses" what vaccine they receive. it depends on what was shipped to your area. ask the nurse giving the shot. they'll have paperwork about what type your getting.
That is true,you don't really choose any kind of vaccine. I remember when I went to the army first day they just jabbed us with some unknown fluids and we were set haha.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on May 01, 2021, 08:41:03 am
That is true,you don't really choose any kind of vaccine. I remember when I went to the army first day they just jabbed us with some unknown fluids and we were set haha.

 ;D yes, .... They were jabbing all kinds of liquids in both arms, as we continued down the line, for the next shot. Don't really remember how many shots I got back then...


Ray 8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on May 02, 2021, 10:25:03 pm
I'll be getting my second dose Wednesday and I'm 99.9% sure it will be as uneventful as the first shot.

I kinda understand some people's apprehension with getting the vaccine.. but I honestly didn't think about it too much and was determined to get it just bc I was tired of being afraid of it.. just wanted to go back having a life.


Now the challenge is trying to convince someone I care about to get vaccinated too.. she's not an anti-vaxxer, she just doesn't trust how fast the vaccine has been rolled out. I'm working on it but she's so goddamn stubborn.

In my search for articles and media that would hopefully help her see the light, I ran into these YouTube vids from Vox that helped me get a better understanding about these vaccines..

Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines..
https://youtu.be/K3odScka55A

mRNA vaccines, explained..
https://youtu.be/mvA9gs5gxNY

And THIS..
Can we get rid of Covid-19 forever?..
https://youtu.be/2ty2J0s2W0c




Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on May 03, 2021, 02:57:06 am
Finally, I feel relief now that I have a date for covid vaccine appointment. Manage to book a slot for AZ vaccine that was for 1st come 1st serve basis. Total 260k slot taken up within 3 hours.
https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/following-overwhelming-response-initial-268000-astrazeneca-vaccination-slots-minister

If wasn’t for this, I really don’t know when will I get a shot if I wait like others. Current pace is like:- (Started in Early March) Pzifer or Sinovac (cannot choose)
Our population: around 40 million
Those received 1 shot already: 900K
Received 2 shots: 550K
*at least 1 shot the n total: 1.45 million

Glad have a chance to choose like lottery for AZ. 😂


Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: harleymc on May 10, 2021, 06:12:35 am
The AZ Oxford rollout in Australia is proving a pain.

After the first shot there is a three week window where clots have been observed. Some of the symptoms are vague rash, headache that sort of thing...  I'm normally so relaxed and comfortable with vaccines but this one meant I was constantly evaluating my health in an almost obsessive fashion.  SAt last the three weeks has passed.

Now I have a 9 week wait for my second appointment.

At current rollout rates Australia won't be vaccinated untill 2023.  That's an awfully lot of lockdown still to come
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: nethan1621 on May 10, 2021, 07:19:12 am
I didnt have time to choose but my company gave an option and decide… ::). “ you can get the jab or you wanna grounded “  >:( … Took Moderna month ago , and still im alive  ;D
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on May 17, 2021, 03:39:47 am
Good news everyone,I just did the first dose of my vaccine (the moderna one) and I feel...absolutely fine. No complications whatsoever (well,duh...).
The doctor was a bit rude ...The nurse was kind and nice though .
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Loa111 on May 17, 2021, 09:39:06 am
Good to hear Fabio! Snap! I got my 1st dose of Moderna this morning too over here in Dublin.

I think it was mainly people from HIV ID Clinic there this morning. There was a buzz of excitement in the air. Delighted to have shot 1 done, & now 28 days for shot 2.

My arm feels a bit tender, & I do feel a slight bit funny, very similar to how I feel after Flu vaccine or any of the other vaccines the ID doc gave me over the last year.

I read the Shot 1 of Moderna after 2 weeks can still give up to 80% protection, so all good news. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on May 17, 2021, 09:51:03 am
Good news everyone,I just did the first dose of my vaccine (the moderna one) and I feel...absolutely fine. No complications whatsoever (well,duh...).
The doctor was a bit rude ...The nurse was kind and nice though .


CONGRATULATIONS!, For joining the vaccinated club !!  8)

Ray 8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on May 17, 2021, 10:22:09 am
Congratulations Fabio & all that have at least a shot of vaccine.
I too have join the vaccinated group having a jab yesterday. Same time parents got 2nd jab already, a sigh of relief knowing they are fully vaccinated.  :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on May 17, 2021, 02:16:15 pm
Good to hear Fabio! Snap! I got my 1st dose of Moderna this morning too over here in Dublin.

I think it was mainly people from HIV ID Clinic there this morning. There was a buzz of excitement in the air. Delighted to have shot 1 done, & now 28 days for shot 2.

My arm feels a bit tender, & I do feel a slight bit funny, very similar to how I feel after Flu vaccine or any of the other vaccines the ID doc gave me over the last year.

I read the Shot 1 of Moderna after 2 weeks can still give up to 80% protection, so all good news.
Same, although I only feel now the stiff muscle but all in all I feel nothing haha. In my case I had to go to another place (since I live in an island) so everyone was 80+ lol.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on May 17, 2021, 02:18:52 pm
Congratulations Fabio & all that have at least a shot of vaccine.
I too have join the vaccinated group having a jab yesterday. Same time parents got 2nd jab already, a sigh of relief knowing they are fully vaccinated.  :)

CONGRATULATIONS!, For joining the vaccinated club !!  8)

Ray 8)
Thanks! I'm actually quite happy to have done it, although my day was eventful that I had also a paper due (a team presentation) and my team mates are morons haha, so I didn't really celebrate the vacc club entry haha.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Loa111 on May 19, 2021, 03:44:34 am
I felt very off & tired yesterday from my Moderna shot plus surprised at how achy my arm was. Bit better today. At least I know it’s kicking in if my body reacted like that.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on May 28, 2021, 09:28:25 am
Happy Days.  That's me fully vaccinated and I did not grow an additional head, limbs or gain any psychic abilities and neither has my wifi connection improved.  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/VLs8RnRh/IMG-20210528-141923.jpg)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on May 28, 2021, 10:28:10 am
Happy Days.  That's me fully vaccinated and I did not grow an additional head, limps or gain any psychic abilities and neither has my wifi connection improved.  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/VLs8RnRh/IMG-20210528-141923.jpg)
Oh ,wow! It looks like one of those seminar certificates 😂. On a few days I will be fully vaccinated too (finally). We only get ours online (which is ok,although I wanted one like yours haha). I wouldn't say no to being psychic either 😂.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on May 28, 2021, 10:36:07 am
Oh ,wow! It looks like one of those seminar certificates 😂. On a few days I will be fully vaccinated too (finally). We only get ours online (which is ok,although I wanted one like yours haha). I wouldn't say no to being psychic either 😂.

I would not mind online but that would not work well at the moment. Our health service is just getting over a ransomware attack. I suppose this is what happens when they are running window 98 ;D

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/hse-cyber-attack-no-mass-dump-of-patient-data-as-criminals-deadline-passes-1.4574046
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on June 04, 2021, 09:11:47 pm
How are the  rest of you guys doing in thailand regards vaccination appointments registration etc etc i have registered with a few hospital's but no definitive appointments .i won't be taking the Chinese vaccines because of lack of full  data. Comments opinions greatly appreciated. Thank you
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on June 04, 2021, 10:48:32 pm
My results are the same as you in Pattaya. I have registered with two hospitals, when I asked them for a time frame they laughed. I spent nearly all day at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital yesterday as my wife was having tests done so I enquired again, seeing how the government has stated we are eligible to book starting Monday. I was told they have no plans yet for foreigners.
The website we were directed to by the government states it is for diplomatic people only. The Thai app we were told to use as far as I know was cancelled.

They are vaccinating locals not far from me at a sports stadium and yesterday at the BPH in the carpark they set up an outdoor facility to vaccinate selected locals, hospital staff and some other categories. No foreigners yet but I am taking it as a sign that they are getting ready for us as that was not there last week.

I do know of someone in Bangkok who has made an appointment at the start of July for the Astrazenrca Jab, confirmed and the rumour that some hospital in Udon Thani is also taking bookings. Still lots of confusion from day to day in the English speaking press coming from the government. Earlier they said private hospitals could not use any vaccine that was in use by the government, they were obtaining Moderna for them at 3000 baht for two jabs including insurance. But that seems to have changed again.

Here is a copy of a message I got from a friend vin Bangkok, may be of some use if you are based there.

“Phyathai 2 Hospital, it has a Vaccine Reg. Booth inside Building B. Farangs can register, as well as Thais. Just did. Got July 5. Should be AZ. Price not mentioned. Seemed churlish to ask”.

I am hoping Monday brings some news and progress.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on June 05, 2021, 09:45:27 am
If can choose what vaccine then that would be good, if there is no choices, then should take what comes available first that are approved by WHO. The India variant is highly contagious & deathly. Most effective vaccine is the 1st vaccine anyone can get hold off.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on June 05, 2021, 11:04:57 am
Yes who do you trust.no pun intended 🙂
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: joemutt on June 06, 2021, 01:46:13 am
In Chiangmai we have registered with this initiative:
https://www.cm-healthcare.net/CMCVR/
and received confirmation we are in the first batch of about 1400 people.
This initiative seems unique to Chiangmai and is supported by the British Pro Consul, the governor and the health services.

There is no date however and of the 600,000 promised Astra Zeneca vaccines only 3600 got here at the beginning of the month; this has also been the case in many other provinces.

I also registered on a list with the designated private hospital; they said "in 3 months, cost about 4000THB" but seemed very unsure about it.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on June 07, 2021, 05:15:56 am
Just finished the second vaccine and I got some questions (since the doctor that was there didn't bother to explain). More specifically she said that in people living with HIV there's an issue that there aren't antibodies with the vaccine. That seemed quite ill informed and didn't make any sense,even my ID doc said that there ain't no issue.
Anyways, what matters is that I did the thing and I also start finals in about 3 hours. What's more is that I was treated to coffee right after by some barista 😂 lol.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Expat1 on June 08, 2021, 08:55:06 am
Hi Ward, I am no longer in Thailand but recommend that you try to get whatever they jab ASAP, then when Moderna comes later in the year at private hospital get that then.

The Moderna vaccine wont do you any good if you pass up on a Sinovac and get Covid before December.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: terrymoore on June 10, 2021, 12:00:39 am
I would get ANY vaccine i can get ASAP. It is not time to be picky!
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on June 18, 2021, 08:24:00 am
Patttaya Memorial moderna 4000 baht pay in advance at hospital -vaccine available October-
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Mindless on June 19, 2021, 04:39:32 am
As you know vaccines from Govt are scarce now and there's that "thai first" policy (nonsense). I may be able to get it through my employer channel, hopefully soon. It's one of the Chinese vaccines, which are not my first choice but if they confirm that, I'll get it right away.

Hugs

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on June 19, 2021, 07:27:36 am
I have paid the money at the Pattaya Memorial. I will however take a vaccine from another hospital if it gets here first.

A friend informs me he has two expat friends in Bangkok who today got their first Astrazeneca shot. Both worked here for years paying tax, have Thai tax numbers and have retired. Both over 60. Hospital was Phayatai Hospital Bangkok. They registered a week or two ago at the hospital.

Dave
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on June 24, 2021, 10:59:11 pm
Not good news about vaccines here.i payed 2000 deposit. Now I'm told the order for moderna has been halved.its a shambles.i can't see the moderna here until end of year at the earliest.we may have no choice but to take sinopharm even though we can't travel to certain countries as the Chinese vaccines are not on the list of many countries for entry to.canada been one.there was also a mention that 2 million of said moderna delivery would go to Thai red cross.im not sure for whom the vaccines would be distributed to ie HIV patients etc.i know this is a worldwide problem and maybe you are right we may have to take what we can get.and top up later.?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: joemutt on June 25, 2021, 08:36:28 am
I flew back to my country of origin; I will get Moderna this Monday.

I am not impatient by nature, I have been living in Thailand for 26 years, 24 with HIV and on meds.

My boyfriend's parents got vaccinated on day 1 at the local hospital, my boyfriend's vaccination day has been canceled, and I was on waiting list until nobody knows when.

Good Luck everyone.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on July 01, 2021, 05:23:25 am
Woke up this morning a 6am, received an email from the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital saying they were accepting registrations for Moderna. Tried to register online, all sold out. At lunchtime they announced on their Facebook page confirming it was all booked. Delivery would have been between October and January. Not a good performance.

From what I have read some expats in Bangkok and Phuket who qualify through age are getting Astrazeneca.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Expat1 on July 06, 2021, 09:39:04 pm
I know this really doesn't help much but Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J are widely availiable in California ( and I assume all other US States).  Just walk into CVS, Wallgreens, or get an appointment with County Health and get the jab.    Just ID required (not always).  Passport counts.  Free doesnt matter if legal US resident, foreigner, undocumented, etc. 

Also because of the vaccinations, everything here is open now.

So not a bad time to take a vacation here if willing to do the Thai Phuket Sandbox or ASQ.   Lot of hoops to jump through.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 14, 2021, 02:06:58 pm
U.S. COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks


https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/health/2021/07/14/u-s--covid-19-cases-rising-again--doubling-over-three-weeks
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: nethan1621 on July 18, 2021, 11:38:20 am
Just finished the second vaccine and I got some questions (since the doctor that was there didn't bother to explain). More specifically she said that in people living with HIV there's an issue that there aren't antibodies with the vaccine. That seemed quite ill informed and didn't make any sense,even my ID doc said that there ain't no issue.
Anyways, what matters is that I did the thing and I also start finals in about 3 hours. What's more is that I was treated to coffee right after by some barista 😂 lol.

Fabio , trust me its all about our body. Starting from the wuhan first case to millions positive cases around the world, i went all over the world 15hrs flying 18 hrs flying.. even very first few,  months withouts mask or gloves or sanitizers because those time nobody knew when to start how to start  protective measures.. and flights were full those days because people didnt know much about covid. However im still here nothing happened ( dont know about tomorrow) so with vaccine or not hiv or not, your body has its own way to fight it … vaccine could be extra helpful… i was exposed to all everywhere in the world on special permit,even though borders were closed  while others were at home and locked, now almost more than 1.4 years with corona… and heard some people just went to near by Pastry shop and infected with covid 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ Im here still reaching to sky daily… its all about each other capacity regardless HiV plus or neg …. So meanwhile vaccine probably will do something to right person in right time 😁😁😁
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on July 19, 2021, 01:48:45 am
Not sure if this NYT article has been shared on the forum, but thought I'd drop it in this thread.
 
Quote
Covid Is Especially Risky for People With H.I.V., Large Study Finds

People living with H.I.V. are more likely to become severely ill with Covid-19 and more likely to die if hospitalized than others infected with the coronavirus, according to a large new study. Nearly half of H.I.V.-infected men older than 65 who are hospitalized for Covid-19 may die, the study found.

The results, released ahead of an AIDS conference in Berlin, suggest that people with H.I.V. should be first in line for vaccines, along with older adults and others with weak immune systems, scientists said.

The data is especially pressing because many countries with high numbers of people with H.I.V. are battling surges of the coronavirus, fueled by the contagious Delta variant and a dearth of vaccines. About 95 percent of the people with H.I.V. included in the analysis were from sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to two-thirds of H.I.V. cases worldwide.

“The strength of this analysis is that we report data from the continent where the H.I.V. burden actually is occurring,” said Dr. Silvia Bertagnolio, an H.I.V. researcher at the World Health Organization who led the study.

Dr. Bertagnolio and her colleagues analyzed anonymized clinical data for 268,412 people hospitalized with Covid-19 that was reported to the W.H.O. from health facilities and national health registries in 37 countries from January 2020 to April 2021.

Of that group, the researchers had data for 15,522 people from 24 countries who were also infected with H.I.V. They had an average age of 45.5 years, and 37 percent were male. Nearly 92 percent were being treated with antiretroviral drugs. And many of the H.I.V.-infected patients, like others hospitalized for Covid-19, had other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

More than one-third of patients with H.I.V. were severely ill at the time of admission, and nearly one in four of those who were hospitalized for Covid-19 died. The risk of death in those older than 65 was higher still, and highest for older men.

After adjusting for age, sex, disease severity and the presence of other conditions, the researchers estimated that H.I.V. infection increases the odds of dying from Covid-19 by 30 percent.

The result contradicts findings from several smaller studies earlier in the pandemic that suggested that H.I.V. infection has no bearing on a person’s risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus. But the new study is more biologically plausible than that earlier research, given H.I.V.’s ability to disrupt immune defenses, experts said.

“H.I.V. knocks out all the brakes on the immune system, and as a consequence you get this inflammatory response that’s robust and sustained — and now you got Covid on top of that,” said Dr. Steven Deeks, an H.I.V. expert at the University of California, San Francisco. “I would be surprised if H.I.V. was not associated with progression” of Covid-19.

Dr. Deeks disagreed with the study researchers’ decision to adjust the calculations for the presence of other conditions such as obesity because H.I.V. infection itself can cause many of those illnesses. “For 25 years, we’ve been arguing that a history of H.I.V. infection is an independent risk factor of progressing to heart disease, cancer, aging,” he said. Without that statistical adjustment, he said, the increased risk of death for these patients would have most likely been higher than the 30 percent reported by the study.

Many earlier studies had a bias that might have masked some of the risk: Doctors are more likely to admit Covid-19 patients with H.I.V. to the hospital, out of an abundance of caution, leading to patients who are less sick, and more likely to survive, compared with those who do not have H.I.V. That larger pool of patients would make H.I.V. infection appear to be less of a problem than it is, said Dr. Matthew Spinelli, an infectious disease physician at San Francisco General Hospital.

“Early studies may have led people down the wrong track on this question,” he said. The new study’s findings are more in line with large, population-based studies from South Africa and England showing that H.I.V. infection doubles the risk of dying from Covid-19, and from a similar study in New York State, he added.

The new findings should prompt doctors to provide people with H.I.V. swift access to monoclonal antibodies or antiviral drugs to treat Covid-19, Dr. Deeks said. The data also underscores the need to understand how H.I.V. infection affects a person’s response to a Covid vaccine, and whether some people with H.I.V. need boosters as many immunocompromised people do.

AIDS activists successfully fought for inclusion of people with H.I.V. in clinical trials of coronavirus vaccines, but the data is limited. A clinical trial in South Africa showed higher efficacy for the coronavirus vaccine made by Novavax when the analysis excluded people with H.I.V., suggesting that H.I.V. infection undermines the immune response to vaccines.

Out of 100 countries that have released information, 40 have listed people living with H.I.V. as a priority group for Covid-19 vaccination, said Dr. Meg Doherty, who directs H.I.V. programs at the W.H.O.

“We’re hoping in the future that we can make sure that H.I.V. is considered one of those potential risk factors for prioritization” in all countries, she said.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/15/health/covid-hiv-risk-study.html

So I think that's a yes to the booster for me.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 12:32:47 am

So I think that's a yes to the booster for me.

I hate to think it, but it's kind of looking that way. We're back to wearing masks again in public places, and I still continue to keep my pocket hand- sanitizer with me. ughhhhhhhh.....

Ray 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 03:35:38 pm
Hi guys.
I recently got my appointment for the Pfizer vaccine and I'm losing it a bit over the whole deal.

I've read some articles saying it has been tested on HIV-positive people but is it really safe?

I don't go out since March 2020, only to do groceries and I work at home so the possibility of not getting it and maybe... not catching it vs getting it and having something go wrong is eating my head.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on July 22, 2021, 03:49:31 pm
Yup vaccine is safe and recommend, plenty of links in this thread posted to back this up. 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 04:03:19 pm
Hi guys.
I recently got my appointment for the Pfizer vaccine and I'm losing it a bit over the whole deal.

I've read some articles saying it has been tested on HIV-positive people but is it really safe?

I don't go out since March 2020, only to do groceries and I work at home so the possibility of not getting it and maybe... not catching it vs getting it and having something go wrong is eating my head.

Hello Remo,...

I will be 70 years of age in less than 5 months.  I have been HIV for 35 years. I received the pfizer vaccine, first dose on February 25th and the second one on March 18th. I can assure you all is well, I may have had a little bit of a sore arm for an hour or two on the first and noticed nothing on the second dose.

I chose the first does in the left arm and the second dose in the right arm. All of my immediate family have been vaccinated with no ill effects. And all of my closest friends have been vaccinated with no ill effects. My partner also received the Pfizer, with no ill effects. As of my last covid test on the 12th of the month,( Due to surgery) I tested Negative, and have tested negative, 3 times prior to Covid throught the past year.

Everyone I know, has received either the Phizer, JandJ , or the Moderna vaccines. All are doing great !!

I also know 3 people who have died from Covid, and they did not receive the vaccine.

Hope this helps !!




Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on July 22, 2021, 04:29:05 pm
Hi guys.
I recently got my appointment for the Pfizer vaccine and I'm losing it a bit over the whole deal.

I've read some articles saying it has been tested on HIV-positive people but is it really safe?

I don't go out since March 2020, only to do groceries and I work at home so the possibility of not getting it and maybe... not catching it vs getting it and having something go wrong is eating my head.
Yes it's super safe,I've done mine for about a month and a half. I didn't have any side effects,it was kinda like the flu vaccine (a bit of ache on the arm and some slight fever next day).
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 06:45:30 pm



Hello Remo,...

I will be 70 years of age in less than 5 months.  I have been HIV for 35 years. I received the pfizer vaccine, first dose on February 25th and the second one on March 18th. I can assure you all is well, I may have had a little bit of a sore arm for an hour or two on the first and noticed nothing on the second dose.

I chose the first does in the left arm and the second dose in the right arm. All of my immediate family have been vaccinated with no ill effects. And all of my closest friends have been vaccinated with no ill effects. My partner also received the Pfizer, with no ill effects. As of my last covid test on the 12th of the month,( Due to surgery) I tested Negative, and have tested negative, 3 times prior to Covid throught the past year.

Everyone I know, has received either the Phizer, JandJ , or the Moderna vaccines. All are doing great !!

I also know 3 people who have died from Covid, and they did not receive the vaccine.

Hope this helps !!




Ray




Thanks, man. Really appreciate it. I'm still a bit apprehensive from all the freakin media terrorism that's been going on since March 2020 and I'm not gonna get it to cool down till I get it tomorrow  :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 07:31:08 pm

Thanks, man. Really appreciate it. I'm still a bit apprehensive from all the freakin media terrorism that's been going on since March 2020 and I'm not gonna get it to cool down till I get it tomorrow  :)


Just remember, you will not be fully vaccinated, until  2 weeks after you receive your second Pfizer shot.

So continue to protect yourself .... Facemasks, washing hands. you need to mitigate the risk factor, then 2 weeks after your second shot, you will be considered fully vaccinated.

Also, No vaccine is 100% effective, so keep that in mind, and now with 83 % of new covid cases being the Delta Variant, ( In the U.S. ) until you are fully vaccinated, after your second Dose, use common sense, when you are out and about !!


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 07:36:18 pm

Just remember, you will not be fully vaccinated, until  2 weeks after you receive your second Pfizer shot.

So continue to protect yourself .... Facemasks, washing hands. you need to mitigate the risk factor, then 2 weeks after your second shot, you will be considered fully vaccinated.

Also, No vaccine is 100% effective, so keep that in mind, and now with 83 % of new covid cases being the Delta Variant, ( In the U.S. ) until you are fully vaccinated, after your second Dose, use common sense, when you are out and about !!


Ray


Thanks Ray.
You know, one last thing. I haven't checked my blood results in a couple of years but I've been taking my meds. If by any chance my immune system is not... optimal, should I still get it? Do you know?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 07:38:08 pm
Remo,

Bring a book or magazine with you, someting to keep you busy for 15 minutes.

You will have to stay 15 minutes after you get the vaccine, so read something, or use your phone and do the internet thing .  :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 07:40:04 pm

Thanks Ray.
You know, one last thing. I haven't checked my blood results in a couple of years but I've been taking my meds. If by any chance my immune system is not... optimal, should I still get it? Do you know?

Why not ? Are you seeing your infectious disease doctor regularly. Does he/ She tell you that everything is OK at each visit
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 07:44:42 pm
Why not ? Are you seeing your infectious disease doctor regularly. Does he/ She tell you that everything is OK at each visit


Not really... I was out of a job for a while so I didn't have insurance to cover the drs visits and I just recently got back to work during the pandemic so I have no idea how my numbers are....Does it matter?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 07:49:32 pm

Not really... I was out of a job for a while so I didn't have insurance to cover the drs visits and I just recently got back to work during the pandemic so I have no idea how my numbers are....Does it matter?

How are you getting your medications refilled. When were your last Labs done ?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 07:54:23 pm
How are you getting your medications refilled. When were your last Labs done ?


I live in a sh*tty 3rd world country. Pharmacies are glad to take $100 per bottle of atripla without a prescription.

Private is too expensive and I'm shut down of the public healthcare system if I'm out of a job... so it's been... around 4 years now approximately but I had been doing great with atripla and I feel fine honestly.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 07:56:08 pm


My advice, would be to ask the person administering the vaccine. There could very well be a doctor on site.
You need to let them know you are HIV positive, but you are not sure of your current Viral load or CD 4 count.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 07:57:43 pm

My advice, would be to ask the person administering the vaccine. There could very well be a doctor on site.
You need to let them know you are HIV positive, but you are not sure of your current Viral load or CD 4 count.


Ray


Thanks Ray. I'm skipping it till i get my count i guess. I have a weird gut feeling.
Hug
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 08:03:52 pm

Thanks Ray. I'm skipping it till i get my count i guess. I have a weird gut feeling.
Hug

I would work on getting those results as quickly as possible. I know the difficulties this Pandemic has caused, and the jobs lost because of it.

Until then, keep yourself fully protected against Covid.


Take care ----Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 08:17:39 pm
Remo,


The Atripla that you are getting,... Have you been taking that consistently, everyday without missing doses since your diagnosis ?

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 22, 2021, 08:31:20 pm
Remo,


The Atripla that you are getting,... Have you been taking that consistently, everyday without missing doses since your diagnosis ?

Ray


Yeah, every day I have but I've fallen a bit out of the healthy lifestyle I had at first. Been drinking a bit.
But I'm pretty much a recluse these days, I just go out to the grocery store since I work from home. Mainly cause this sht sparked the OCD I thought I had buried 15 years ago. So regardless of my status I'm the least exposed I can be.

I think it's good advice...Maybe I should get checked before the vaccine. I'm glad to have come here cause otherwise, I would've gone straight to the line.
I don't know when the next vaccination round will come but I'll be alright.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 22, 2021, 08:39:46 pm


Well,... Stay in touch and work on getting those labs. who knows you may have 800 tcells and undetectable viral load, or you could have 200 tcell and a detectable viral load. Only way of knowing is to get those labs done.

Stay safe---Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on July 23, 2021, 12:55:25 pm

Thanks Ray. I'm skipping it till i get my count i guess. I have a weird gut feeling.
Hug

Hello Remo,
do you by any chance know which vaccine they are dispensing ?

As far as I know, none of the vaccines interacts with HIV meds.

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on July 23, 2021, 04:26:58 pm
Hello Remo,
do you by any chance know which vaccine they are dispensing ?

As far as I know, none of the vaccines interacts with HIV meds.

Grasshopper,

Remo was scheduled to get the Pfizer vaccine. As I understand it, I don't think he was concerned about interactions with his Atripla. I think the real issue is, he has had no labs done for possibly two or more years.

He has no idea what his current numbers are, he states that he "feels fine" But I am Leary about statements like that. I felt fine also, up until 6 months before I was hospitalized. But I was not on medication at the time.

Hopefully the Atripla that he says he takes consistently, is doing its job, but he needs to get some labs done as soon as possible.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: remo85 on July 23, 2021, 05:59:02 pm
Grasshopper,

Remo was scheduled to get the Pfizer vaccine. As I understand it, I don't think he was concerned about interactions with his Atripla. I think the real issue is, he has had no labs done for possibly two or more years.

He has no idea what his current numbers are, he states that he "feels fine" But I am Leary about statements like that. I felt fine also, up until 6 months before I was hospitalized. But I was not on medication at the time.

Hopefully the Atripla that he says he takes consistently, is doing its job, but he needs to get some labs done as soon as possible.

Ray

It's gonna be a ...great weekend...

Thankful nonetheless.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Ptrk3 on July 30, 2021, 03:09:31 pm
From the July 26, 2021, edition of online (NAM) Aidsmap, lede graph:

People with HIV on antiretroviral treatment showed evidence of broad immune responses against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a pair of studies presented last week at the 11th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021). The ability to develop natural immunity against the coronavirus bodes well for a good response to COVID-19 vaccines.

###

Link to source material:

https://www.aidsmap.com/news/jul-2021/people-hiv-can-produce-adequate-immune-response-sars-cov-2
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Texland on August 06, 2021, 03:42:16 pm
It appears the FDA (US) will approve booster shots of Covid vaccine for people with compromised immune systems. This includes people who are HIV+, those who have received organ transplants and others taking immunosupressant drugs for medical reasons.

The Washington Post reports:

    Federal health officials are racing to ensure that millions of Americans with weakened immune systems can get additional shots of coronavirus vaccines to protect them against the highly contagious delta variant.

    The actions could mean the extra shots would be authorized in days or weeks, according to federal officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been announced.

    The stepped-up activity reflects increased urgency by the Biden administration to shield some of the nation’s most vulnerable adults as coronavirus cases rise sharply. That has increased as some other countries take steps to provide shots to people who are immunocompromised or older, and as some Americans pursue the shots on their own.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/06/booster-shots-immunocompromised-fda/
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 07, 2021, 01:55:21 am

Thanks for that !! I will be watching and waiting.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on August 07, 2021, 02:51:31 am
Ready whenever they are ;)
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Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on August 07, 2021, 11:05:12 am
I need it now. I had 60 CD4s in Feb./March before I knew I had AIDS.

Yes, I am on an ARV and an antibiotic now.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: an92 on August 09, 2021, 05:56:05 am
Hello,

I am booked to get my first shot of the pfizer vaccine on Friday, and the second one in three weeks time.

I have put it off for so long, even though it has been available for many months, because I was so worried about it somehow disrupting the delicate balance that I have cultivated in my body thanks to the HIV medicines. They have built up my immune system to normal and I'm so afraid of anything disrupting that.

I finally took the decision to do the shot, and let me tell you it was not easy psychologically. Can someone reassure me, when you did your vaccine were you Ok? was everything OK with your viral load?

I need the vaccine to protect me from the effects of covid but also to travel freely to see family abroad.

Thank you
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on August 09, 2021, 06:43:55 am
there's a thread about Covid here https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=75065.0

the Covid vaccine doesn't do anything against HIV or against your medications. It only gives you antibodies against the Covid virus. Many people have a sore arm for a day or so after the shots and sometimes a more intense reaction after the second shot (nausea, fatigue) for a day.

As someone who nearly died of AIDS several times, i find it interesting that your logic was the exact opposite of mine. Because of my low cd4 counts, I stayed on PCP prophylaxis for a decade because I did not want to get sick with pneumonia again. I anxiously awaited for the day when I could get the covid vaccine so I wouldn't be hospitalized with this disease. As people living with HIV for 35 yrs, my husband and I got our shots as soon as they were available. Both shots were completed in March 2021. Now I'm waiting to hear when my husband, my elderly parents and grandmother (104), and myself will be eligible for a booster shot. Your opinion to wait doesn't seem the best choice when the data seems to indicate that people living with HIV who contract covid have worse outcomes (ie more hospitalizations and deaths). But you've made the choice now and that's a great thing! Make sure to get those shots, especially as the Delta variant is so much more contagious and other variants could be possible in the future.

https://clinicalinfo.hiv.gov/en/guidelines/covid-19-and-persons-hiv-interim-guidance/interim-guidance-covid-19-and-persons-hiv

and speaking of the future, there is a likely possibility that COVID will be with us for some time (i.e. years), and that we may be receiving a booster shot every year, just like we get a flu shot every year. Now that you're about to get vaccinated, make sure to stay on top of getting any of these future vaccinations too. ;)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: harleymc on August 09, 2021, 06:49:12 am
Glad I've had my shots like the hundreds of millions around the world have.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on August 09, 2021, 09:00:18 am
hundreds of millions around the world
tbh, to me, that seems to be a very important data point. 1.21 billion people worldwide have received both shots. That many recipients has generated a huge amount of data (it's like the world's largest drug trial ever!) This data shows how very few have moderate to severe reactions link (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/reactogenicity.html). Stats range from .04% to .08% for vaccinated people to test positive and the amount of vaccinated people to have died is even smaller (approx 0.000009%) link (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/health-departments/breakthrough-cases.html).

I find the situation very similar to 1995. There was a pandemic and scientists developed medications (in this case, a 3-drug regimen) that not only kept patients from dying (it was a radical reduction of deaths!) but mitigated the effects of the disease allowing most patients, if not all, to regain their health. Some of the same reasons for taking ARVs (to not be ill, to not die, to regain/improve immune system function) are the same reasons to get the COVID vaccination.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on August 09, 2021, 10:54:10 am
The feeling of relief once the 2nd shot was given to me. I also feel burden off my chest when both my parents got their 2nd jab mid April. They are almost 90 yrs. Can’t “filter”  those negative “news/gossip” on potential side effect as we are living in this modern age. The dead speed (how fast from health to ICU to coffin) should be a note for all to get vaccinated asap. Benefits of after vaccine is much much more then any possible side effect.
Covid will be around for a long time, don’t delay to get vaccinated.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 13, 2021, 12:05:56 am

About an hour ago, the FDA  approved the 3rd dose of Pfizer or moderna vaccines.


FDA Authorizes Third COVID Vaccine Dose For Immunocompromised People


https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/08/12/third-covid-vaccine-booster-shot-immunocompromised-fda-moderna-pfizer/


Ray


Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: dancingthroughlife on August 13, 2021, 09:21:53 pm
May not be an appropriate platform to ask this, but my GP refused to answer this question.

Currently I'm still not vaccinated for Covid-19 because rules here means I'm not eligible to take one previously. Now they announced new eligibility which means I might be able to take the vaccine. 

Looking at the timeline, I would only be able to take 1 mRNA dose before I have to leave. Can't delay my departure either as I have a job starting real soon (So yay!). Where I'm headed can't guarantee if I can take another mRNA dose, or even whether they'll recognize the first dose taken overseas. Good thing though they'll guarantee I'll get 2 doses.

Should I take that first dose anyway or just wait out till i reach my destination? Just a little wary of travelling under pandemic condition without any vaccine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Texland on August 14, 2021, 04:15:36 am
dancingthroughlife -

Get vaccinated! One shot is better than nothing. It may be the difference between life and death.
Bring your proof of vaccination to where you are moving. As long as the same vaccinations are being used in both places, they shouldn't have a problem giving you the second one.
You don't want to get infected while traveling. The Delta variation is burning through populations right now.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: virgo313 on August 14, 2021, 09:07:24 am
Hi Dancing,
Yes like texland advise, take it.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Expat1 on August 15, 2021, 05:37:27 am
This week the FDA and CDC (United States) approved supplementary third doses of mRNA vaccines to certain people with immune issues.   

So Friday I logged onto the Walgreens site.  It did not have a place to register for third doses.  So I just reserved a 1st dose for Saturday. (yesterday). 

Pharmacist asked for id card, looked up saw I was in her system (Walgreens).  I told her it was for a third dose of Moderna.  I had paperwork with me showing HIV dignosis but it was not required.  I just needed to  check a box the attested that I had one of the conditions listed in the adjacent box which included HIV, cancer treatments, and a list of other conditions, medical treatments.

Checked box.  She took a few minutes to prepare dose and authorize billing.  Vaccine free to me.   

Then I went into the injection room, and received third dose of Moderna vaccine.  She marked my CDC card with info on batch number and indicated third dose given.

Overall very easy process.  I was in and out in 30 minutes. 

This happened in California.  At a Walgreens pharmacy, not my regular one as it only had Pfizer.  There was no one waiting before of after I received the shot.

No adverse side effects this time.  Except I need to take a 2 hour nap.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Expat1 on August 15, 2021, 05:46:26 am


 Now I'm waiting to hear when my husband, my elderly parents and grandmother (104), and myself will be eligible for a booster shot. .


You can get third doses now.  I got mine at Walgreens today.   I posted the process in another thread.

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=75510.msg775720#msg775720
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on August 15, 2021, 12:27:39 pm
Thank you for alerting me!

I got my #3 Pfizer BioNTech at 11:55 AM ET USA at a close-by Walgreens.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: 90024male on August 15, 2021, 07:58:47 pm
Should I get a 3rd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine now? My 2nd dose of Pfizer was on 03/22, CD4 = 400, VL = U. If so, should I get Moderna given the recent Mayo study? My doctor is on vacation, so if any of you have spoken with your doctor about this topic, I would greatly appreciate knowing his/her advice. Thanks!
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 15, 2021, 09:21:25 pm

 :)

So,... I decided earlier this evening, to secure message my Infectious Disease doctor at  the VA medical Center.

I wanted to get her opinion and thoughts on the 3rd Covid vaccine, and If she felt that I should receive it, at this point in time, knowing my complete medical history as she does.

I received my second dose of Pfizer on March 18th, so in a few more days, It will be 5 month's since that second dose. This pretty much the way I asked her about it, so we"ll see what the reply will be.


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Diagnosedat50 on August 15, 2021, 09:55:18 pm
Interesting, my Infectious Disease specialist told me that I do not need to worry about getting a booster vaccine just yet. I had a CD4 count of 598 and undetectable VL (< 20) when my blood work was done last month, so he said I don’t qualify as immunocompromised.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 15, 2021, 10:29:14 pm
Interesting, my Infectious Disease specialist told me that I do not need to worry about getting a booster vaccine just yet. I had a CD4 count of 598 and undetectable VL (< 20) when my blood work was done last month, so he said I don’t qualify as immunocompromised.

Yeah,... I was thinking the same thing. My numbers are similar to yours.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on August 16, 2021, 01:25:22 am
I am envious of all you people getting your third booster dose. I am still waiting for my first shot. Moderna bought and paid for, arrival time, when it gets here. This year, next year, sometime, never.
Progress is being made now though as the over 60's and people with certain chronic conditions can register for a free course. Unfortunately HIV doesn't make the list of conditions.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on August 16, 2021, 08:31:09 am
Yeah,... I was thinking the same thing. My numbers are similar to yours.


Ray

Hmm....I don't know, but think I will feel more secure/comfortable with any other extra protection since school is about to start. I work at a College/University, and I am afraid of catching something from the partying students.

I am not so worried about the hiv thingy....but a few years back I had a serious cardiac incident, and that worries me.

Tested positive july 1992, and been to Hell and back since. I have been undetectable since november 2001 (back then it was VL less than 500). Now it's under 20.

Reading about most of you guy's CD'4 count, makes me uncomfortable mentioning mine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Ptrk3 on August 16, 2021, 12:54:58 pm
Folks in most parts of the United States:

I got my third shot today, Pfizer (for me), administered by a pharmacist at Walgreens.  As others have mentioned, easy.  I was in and out in 10 minutes, and actually managed to pick up a few sundries.

Technically, I understand that this is really a third shot, not a booster (boosters may have a different formula).

One thing to recall in future, though, is that the CDC website, as of August 13, 2021,  mentions that folks are not advised to get more than three mRNA doses (at least at this time).  So, keep that in mind in future if boosters are recommended that may be mRNA doses.  Perhaps, the recommendations will change by then, or booster options, when and if they come, are not mRNA doses or you have the option of a non-mRNA booster.

CDC link, followed by cut-and-paste of relevant language:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html


Can you mix and match the vaccines?
For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 16, 2021, 01:42:35 pm
I received my reply from my infectious disease provider. She said that currently the VA has not formally arranged this yet . This is ok for me. I have no problem waiting a while longer. I am to keep an eye on my alert messages for any changes..

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on August 16, 2021, 07:52:08 pm
we traveled an hour through some terrible rainstorms (before the storms coming with Tropical storm "Fred" tomorrow) to get our jabs at our provider this afternoon. (Our doctor in Charlotte NC is about 50 miles from us in "smallville" SC) Then we drove back through thunderstorms. We would have gone somewhere local but the clinic had some doses that would "expire" at the end of month. Knowing there is less availability in our small town, we felt the trek was the right thing to do. we made sure a few other friends knew about the availability of 3rd doses and several of them went to the clinic today too.

Well, I didn't get the limited high  8) that I got off my 2nd dose  :'( :'( but I did get the mild headache again.  :o ::)  I think I may be having some arm soreness....but that could just be hypochondria too.  ;D ;D With the previous jabs, arm soreness wasn't an issue for me until the next day.  ;) Hoping the hubby doesn't feel sick like his did last jab and have to take a sick day from work.

we live in a very mask-banning, vax-denying area and certainly glad to get as much protection as we can get.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 16, 2021, 10:54:32 pm
BREAKING NEWS

U.S. to Advise Boosters for Most Americans 8 Months After Vaccination


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/16/us/vaccination-booster-shots.html

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has decided that most Americans should get a coronavirus booster shot eight months after they completed their initial vaccination, and could begin offering the extra shots as early as mid-September, according to two administration officials familiar with the discussions.

Officials are planning to announce the administration’s decision as early as this week. Their goal is to let Americans know now that they will need additional protection against the Delta variant that is causing surging caseloads across the nation."



Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 16, 2021, 10:58:56 pm


we live in a very mask-banning, vax-denying area and certainly glad to get as much protection as we can get.

I didn't know you lived in Florida !

Thousands of Hillsborough students in COVID quarantine; District schedules emergency meeting


https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/08/16/hillsborough-county-schools--5500--students-in-isolation-or-quarantine


TAMPA — Hillsborough County Public Schools says 5,599 students and 316 school employees are currently in isolation or quarantine, so the school board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on August 17, 2021, 11:57:39 am
I didn't know you lived in Florida !
Hey!  :D  just because SC is 1/5th the population of FL, doesn't mean our neighbors aren't as ignorant as people in other states. (They too believe it's a Democratic plot against Jebus and #45 who told them masks and vaccines are Satan's tools to oppress patriotic citizens.  ::) ) We too have a Gov (Foghorn Leghorn McMasters) who has banned mask mandates even though only 41% are fully vaccinated (nearly 10% less than FL at this point).

Although the nursing home made an exception so my mom and I could visit my grandmother on her 104th  :-* :-* birthday last week, we don't get to see her for at least another 14 days because staff members keep testing positive. I'll never understand why every health care staff member isn't fully vaccinated, especially those in nursing homes. All the staff is vaccinated at my HIV clinic, but that might have something to do with the facts that the clinic is owned by my gay HIV specialist doctor and the high percentage of LGBT people who are vaccinated. link (http://www.newnownext.com/lgbtq-americans-covid-19-vaccinations/08/2021/)  ;)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Ptrk3 on August 17, 2021, 01:25:15 pm
For those of us in the United States who have already received the third shot (distinct from "boosters") based on the CDC recommendation made final and public Friday, August 13, 2021, or who may plan to get the third shot prior to the roll-out of "boosters," particularly if  the relevant "booster" is a different formula from the first two doses, if applicable, you may wish to check with your health care providers about when the eight-month clock begins.

For example, if I received my first Pfizer vaccine March 26, 2021, and the second dose April 16, 2021, but received the third shot August 16, 2021, did my eight-month clock begin April 16, 2021, or August 16, 2021?

Since flu season in the Northern Hemisphere will soon begin (my flu shot for the coming season is scheduled for September 29, 2021), folks on this board may be preparing, also, for flu shot season and may need to be mindful of not scheduling too many vaccines within a recommended time frame.

Also, keep in mind the current guidance from the CDC that people should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses.  (Again, I have not seen any info with certainty that "boosters," real boosters, not third shots of, say Moderna or Pfizer, which are most certainly mRNA doses, are mRNA doses).

All of this can change, of course, even the guidance on number of mRNA doses one should receive, as the scientific method grinds on to deal with a novel virus and its mutations, but something of which to be mindful, that's all.

Please stay healthy, all.

I'm sure there is someone on this board far smarter than I when it comes to reading these understandably evolving recommendations from government-sponsored agencies, so please feel free to comment as this process unfolds.





Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 17, 2021, 05:21:25 pm
For those of us in the United States who have already received the third shot (distinct from "boosters") based on the CDC recommendation made final and public Friday, August 13, 2021, or who may plan to get the third shot prior to the roll-out of "boosters," particularly if  the relevant "booster" is a different formula from the first two doses, if applicable, you may wish to check with your health care providers about when the eight-month clock begins.



I was wondering if the "Boooster" , might be a different formulation, than the original two doses. 

A lot to think about here.. Good post ! My significant other was reading today that the 3rd shot or booster, should be 8 weeks after the second pfizer or moderna, if I understood him correctly.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 17, 2021, 05:24:51 pm

I will be relying on my primary care and infectious disease care for further instructions.

I usually get my flu shot in October or early November.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 17, 2021, 05:47:48 pm

I just found this, which was updated on August 16th.

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/verify/pfizer-moderna-johnson-and-johnson-booster-dose-what-will-they-look-like-covid-vaccine-shot/65-ac27f7b7-3c68-467f-9bae-29ef8292bd07


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Ptrk3 on August 17, 2021, 06:06:10 pm
For what it's worth, the slight digging (with a hand spade, not a shovel) I've done and from all the reportage I've read, it's a third shot of the same vaccine (as far as Moderna and Pfizer are concerned).

Now, it may turn out that the official "booster" is the same formula, but I can't find any definitive info on that (might be proprietary info at this time, anyway), and I have used a full garden shovel on that one.  But often, based on past experience in these type of things, the "booster" formula is different.

Just a thought to keep in mind as events unfold.

In regard to the imminent or just today "leaked" information reported by media sources throughout the United States (but I can't see anything official yet), that "boosters" will be recommended to the wider fully vaccinated pool, yes, that is what I read, that the "booster," when official, should be administered at least eight weeks after final dosage of the initial vaccine regimen (hence, my anticipatory thoughts about when that eight weeks begins for those of us who meet a criterion--or the criteria--of last Friday's announcement on third shots for the immunocompromised).

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Ptrk3 on August 18, 2021, 11:21:54 am
Covid-19 vaccine boosters are officially imminent in the United States for Moderna and Pfizer fully vaccinated folks.

Lede from an August 18, 2021, CNBC (online) news article:

The United States will begin widely distributing Covid-19 booster shots next month as new data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time, top U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.

###

Link to story:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/18/covid-booster-shots-us-to-begin-wide-distribution-of-third-vaccine-doses-next-month.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on August 18, 2021, 05:35:21 pm
I had Az on 2nd of aug in Bangkok slight fever but no problems.2nd dose in 10 week's.hiv is not on list here of underlying conditions. I don't know how Asia will cope with booster jabs etc as they are already struggling with first jabs.i will also keep wearing my masks .a study in Israel showed that doses giving over a short period of pfsifer that the immunity wained compared with longer time ofbetween first and second dose.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on August 18, 2021, 08:02:58 pm
Congratulations on getting on the list. They just started taking bookings here in Pattaya this week. Astrazeneca and Sinovac. Astrazeneca fully booked after the first day. Pfizer was not an option here. A friend of mine who lives in Bangkok gets his first shot of Pfizer today from Bumrungrad hospital.
I think it will be a few weeks before my age group gets called, I would take the Astrazeneca but they can put the Sinovac where the sun doesn't shine.

Dave
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on August 21, 2021, 07:40:12 am
Called my doctor's office/HIV clinic to schedule an appointment for labs, and routine visit.

So I asked about the 3rd round covid vaccine, and if I could get the shot while I'm there. They told me that I wasn't eligible because my cd4's are over 200. At first I was kinda upset bc I'm worried about how weak my immune system is.. at least that's been the frame of mind I've been in for the past 7 years since my "AIDS" diagnosis. But then it really sunk in and I feel some relief.. I'm just like everybody else.  :)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 21, 2021, 04:11:44 pm
Since I will be eligible for the third dose on November 18th, I decided that I would get my Flu shot, from Walgreens on or about the 1st of September, which is about 50 days or so, sooner than I normally get it. This will give me some time before I get the 3rd dose of Pfizer.

On the Walgreens website it states the following:

"Yes. Your flu shot can be administered alongside your COVID-19 vaccine during the same visit. Talk to your local Walgreens pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about getting the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine together."

But I think I will space mine out a little bit.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on August 23, 2021, 12:03:59 pm
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine


“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 23, 2021, 11:27:50 pm


On the Walgreens website it states the following:

"Yes. Your flu shot can be administered alongside your COVID-19 vaccine during the same visit. Talk to your local Walgreens pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about getting the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine together."



Ray

I posted the above, the other day, in regards to getting the flu vaccine and the covid vaccine together. The WALGREENS website said yes to getting both.


Now today, I go to the VA website, and it states this:

"No. You can’t get a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine, shingles vaccine, or any other vaccine.

We’ll follow CDC guidance on how far apart to space vaccines. You’ll need to wait at least 14 days between getting a COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccine.

For answers to more frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines, go to the CDC website.


I wish someone would get their act together. I am thinking the VA website is correct, and WALGREENS is wrong !

The information has not changed on the WALGREENS website.


Ray




 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 23, 2021, 11:39:00 pm


When I received my last cortisone injection in my right shoulder, The doctor informed me I would have to wait at least 3 weeks, before getting the Covid vacine.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on August 25, 2021, 06:08:31 am
Received my first vaccination today, Pfizer. Next one in three weeks time. Surprised me, the local hospital announced vaccinations for foreigners over 40 yesterday morning. I filled out the online form and received an SMS in the afternoon telling me I had an appointment today. Turned up, joined the queue and got it done. Have to give a thank you to the Thai government for paying for it all.

Dave
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: bocker3 on August 25, 2021, 07:05:05 am
From the CDC site:

"Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine with Other Vaccines
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about the timing of other vaccines."

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html)

It never made sense to me that you had to wait -- I lost count of how many shots the US Army gave me the day before I left Ft. Benning for Operation Desert Storm.
PLUS -- they've been saying for months now, that it is likely COVID could become a yearly shot and it might made sense to combine the flu vaccine with it, so that people only needed one jab!!

Mike
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 25, 2021, 12:06:55 pm
From the CDC site:

"Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine with Other Vaccines
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines at the same visit. You no longer need to wait 14 days between vaccinations. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines. Learn more about the timing of other vaccines."

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html)


Mike


Thanks for that Mike. Appears as though the VA, needs to update their website. Yes, I remember basic training, and getting all those shots. Just walking down the line, and they were hitting you in both arms.  ;D I never had any issues with those vaccines either.


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on August 25, 2021, 09:09:31 pm
Biden Administration Likely to Approve Covid-19 Boosters at Six Months
Pfizer, BioNTech have requested clearance for Covid-19 vaccine boosters that an official said could be administered six months after previous dose.

Federal regulators are likely to approve a Covid-19 booster shot for vaccinated adults starting at least six months after the previous dose rather than the eight-month gap they previously announced, a person familiar with the plans said, as the Biden administration steps up preparations for delivering boosters to the public.

Data from vaccine manufacturers and other countries under review by the Food and Drug Administration is based on boosters being given at six months, the person said. The person said approval for boosters for all three Covid-19 shots being administered in the U.S.—those manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson —is expected in mid-September.



https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-administration-plans-covid-19-vaccine-boosters-at-six-months-instead-of-eight-11629919356


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: wardp on September 04, 2021, 06:48:48 pm
Here in Thailand they now plan to mix Az with pfsifer as second dose.has anyone had this combo and any opinions welcome? I had AZ first dose in August.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on September 04, 2021, 07:48:26 pm
I think some European countries did this. I believe the German chancellor her self took AstraZeneca first shot and Pfizer for the second. Seems safe and effective.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on September 09, 2021, 05:09:41 am
Several articles on this subject of how the covid pandemic has hurt the fight against hiv, tb and malaria. Really wish they would let poorer countries just have the vaccine formula, and people here in the us would just grow the fuck up. We're pathetic.

Quote
Report: COVID-19 has negatively impacted the fight against HIV, TB and Malaria

COVID-19 has severely set back key programs in fighting HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, according to a report released by the Global Fund on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Before the pandemic, the world had been making strides against those three diseases, with deaths dropping by half since 2004, per the New York Times.

Fewer people sought diagnosis or treatment because they were afraid of becoming infected with the coronavirus, per the Times, while others were denied care because they had COVID-19-like symptoms.
By the numbers: In 2019, an estimated 10 million people fell ill with tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization. And over 1.5 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2020, according to UNAIDS.

The number of people treated dropped by 19% for drug-resistant TB and by 37% for extensively drug-resistant TB.
HIV testing dropped by 22%.
People reached by HIV prevention programs dropped by 11% while prevention services for young people dropped by 12%.
But, but, but: Malaria outreach was not as badly affected by COVID-19 as the other two diseases.

The Global Fund distributed 188 million mosquito nets to protect families from malaria, a 17% increase compared to 2019. 
What they're saying: “[The 2020 numbers] confirm what we feared might happen when COVID-19 struck,” Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said.

“Despite the horrible toll COVID-19 has taken, the pandemic presents us with a chance to build a better, more equitable and healthier world,” Sands added.

https://www.axios.com/covid-19-negatively-impacted-fight-against-hiv-tb-malaria-fe42be25-f017-483f-9314-ec2368fa1b56.html
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on September 13, 2021, 01:13:07 pm
I just got a notification on my phone that by tomorrow I  can book for my 3rd dose. Hopefully its soon so I can get it over with.
Did anyone get any side effects  at the 3rd dose or same stuff with the 2nd one ?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 13, 2021, 04:27:59 pm
I just got a notification on my phone that by tomorrow I  can book for my 3rd dose. Hopefully its soon so I can get it over with.
Did anyone get any side effects  at the 3rd dose or same stuff with the 2nd one ?

I know some people that have received their 3rd dose. And no one reported anything bad about it.

I am still holding off, Probably until mid November, and Ed is holding off as well fpr the third one. Haven't heard from anyone, in regards to getting the 3rd dose sooner.

We ran into one person that received it today. But hes in his early 70's with some immune system issues, Not related to HIV. he reported so far, no issues with the shot.


Take care-----Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 13, 2021, 04:33:29 pm
I just remembered, the person I talked to today that received it today, got it because he has a real bad issue with rheumatoid arthritis, And I guess it causes his white blood cells to go crazy at times, because of other medications that he is on. He received his second pfizer, around the 3rd week of March.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on September 13, 2021, 05:05:40 pm
To us it's just people with HIV,not specifically with low immune system. However,it won't hurt me to have more antibodies lol.
Plus I'm starting clinicals this semester (in 2 weeks or so) so I'll be in and out of hospitals. It's gonna benefit me in the end.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on September 13, 2021, 05:20:20 pm
September 13, 2021

https://www.thebody.com/article/covid-19-booster-shots-and-hiv

"Since then, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has clarified that people with advanced or untreated HIV should seek a third dose. In other words, if you are on ART and undetectable, current recommendations suggest that you do not need a third dose at this time."

I got my third because I had < 200 CD4s both times I got my first two doses, and my VL was 1.5 million copies around the time I got my second dose.

I am still not leaving the house. I have a dental appt. on Friday. That will be the only time I go out this week.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 13, 2021, 06:19:44 pm

Plus I'm starting clinicals this semester (in 2 weeks or so) so I'll be in and out of hospitals. It's gonna benefit me in the end.

Probably not a bad idea !!  :)    Going in and out of hospitals and Doctors offices, is a concern of mine, even though I play it very careful and safe.  I have two appointments scheduled at the VA on September 22nd, at the main hospital, An eye exam, and a consultation for my colonoscopy.

Currently, I have the two appointments for Sep 22nd, I have labs schedules for November 5th, at the clinic, a visit with ID on December 10th, back at the hospital, Cardiology appointment on December 13th, and Dermatology on December 27th, all in the hospital, and a colonoscopy, will be scheduled in there somewhere.


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on September 14, 2021, 02:09:23 am
Probably not a bad idea !!  :)    Going in and out of hospitals and Doctors offices, is a concern of mine, even though I play it very careful and safe.  I have two appointments scheduled at the VA on September 22nd, at the main hospital, An eye exam, and a consultation for my colonoscopy.

Currently, I have the two appointments for Sep 22nd, I have labs schedules for November 5th, at the clinic, a visit with ID on December 10th, back at the hospital, Cardiology appointment on December 13th, and Dermatology on December 27th, all in the hospital, and a colonoscopy, will be scheduled in there somewhere.


Ray  8)
It's best to get it,since it could be better effective.
I just booked it btw for tomorrow...wish me good luck.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: fabio on September 14, 2021, 03:26:55 am
The thing is, I didn't ask my ID department if I should get the 3rd dose,considering I don't have low CD4's and I'm young. But I think it's gonna benefit me either way.
It's  not like it specifies who should get it under which conditions. It just says people with HIV. I don't why I'm getting so stressed over it haha.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 14, 2021, 03:58:18 pm
It's best to get it,since it could be better effective.
I just booked it btw for tomorrow...wish me good luck.

Wishing you the best. I'm sure all will go well for you today ( or tomorrow) !!  8)

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Tonny2 on September 14, 2021, 05:57:20 pm
The thing is, I didn't ask my ID department if I should get the 3rd dose,considering I don't have low CD4's and I'm young. But I think it's gonna benefit me either way.
It's  not like it specifies who should get it under which conditions. It just says people with HIV. I don't why I'm getting so stressed over it haha.



        ojo.           I just saw my ID doctor yesterday and he told me to get the booster shot, my cd4=598 and %=32. I called the pharmacy today and they are giving booster shots to people with suppress immun systems, including hiv. This time they are considering us as elegibles for the booster shot, for the other two vaccines, I have to wait my turn according to my age…good luck buddy.                                                          ojo
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on September 15, 2021, 09:11:00 pm
Got my second dose of Pfizer yesterday. I had read the after effects were worse on the second dose than the first. They were right. Couldn't sleep last night, cold sweats, raging headache and sore arm. Temperature this morning over 38 degrees. Felt nothing like that after the first jab. Shows it is working I guess. Took two paracetamol with breakfast and feeling much better. Temperature dropped to 36.8 in less than two hours so all is well.

The registration here annoys me though, both times I have to fill out a health status form. They are not using the hospital so my records are not there. Both times I tick the box saying I have an ongoing condition. They ask what it is and at the mention of HIV the smile goes, I get an embarrassed "Oh" and then they regain their composure. Not very professional in this day and age from hospital staff.

I warn the nurse doing the vaccination also, they are ok about it. Yesterday she laughed and joked that they ownly use the syringe once. They also thank me for the warning. Probably not really needed but I just feel obliged to let them know.

Currently feeling like superman, indestructible.
Dave
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on September 15, 2021, 11:17:23 pm
Got my second dose of Pfizer yesterday. I had read the after effects were worse on the second dose than the first. They were right. Couldn't sleep last night, cold sweats, raging headache and sore arm. Temperature this morning over 38 degrees. Felt nothing like that after the first jab.

I had a quite low CD4 count and very high viral load when I got my first Pfizer shot in mid-February, 2021. My arm felt like a nail gun had been applied to it! But after my second shot in mid-March - the exact same time I got my advanced HIV notice - it did not hurt much at all. I did end up recently getting a third shot since I had been so lowly the first two times with a very high HIV viral load and very low CD4 count. No side effects from that third shot either.

If I had had your reactions, I would tend to think that: (1) yes, it definitely was going to build up antibodies - which is very good - and that (2) I would likely have ended up quite sick had I actually gotten COVID-19. I am no expert, though.

I felt good getting that third shot in my case. I know you feel the same about your second!

My brother's first wife died at age 48 from COVID August 25. Very sad indeed. She was unvaccinated and was in the hospital less than week. My nephew - now nearly age 30 - is having to raise his half-sister. I remember when he himself was just born and my parents - his grandparents - were still alive. Seems like yesterday to me at age 51.

This virus is no joke as you're well aware. Let no one be fooled into thinking otherwise. More than one in 500 Americans has now succumbed to COVID-19.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 16, 2021, 02:58:06 pm
 8)

I did end up, getting the seasonal Flu shot today. One more thing out of the way.

Didn't even have to enter into the Hospital for this, They had it all set up in the parking lot, outside the VA. They want to keep as many people out of the hospital as possible.  Otherwise, I pulled in, walked to the tent, about 50 feet away, no one was in line. I answered the 6 or so questions, and I was in and out of the VA campus, in less than 15 minutes.

Ray  8)

 
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gpapadop91 on September 18, 2021, 03:16:03 am
Good morning guys...

I found this article.

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928684

Talking about having more possibilities to severe covid illness and or death EVEN AFTER TWO DOSES OF VACCINATION.

What about this? Are we really so vulnerable or does it talk about hiv+ people who are NOT on antiretroviral treatment...

Good morning
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gpapadop91 on September 18, 2021, 07:55:26 am
Hello there..was my last post deleted for some reason?

It was about a new post talking about the fact that even vaccinated , immunocompromised or plwhiv may have more possibilities to severe illness or even death even after two weeks of second dose ....

Hello there
Good afternoon
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: daveR on September 18, 2021, 08:26:28 am
Hello there..was my last post deleted for some reason?

It was about a new post talking about the fact that even vaccinated , immunocompromised or plwhiv may have more possibilities to severe illness or even death even after two weeks of second dose ....

Hello there
Good afternoon

It appears to be in the Covid 19 Vaccine thread in the Living with HIV section of the forum.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gpapadop91 on September 18, 2021, 09:07:01 am
Sure...good evening there..hello to anybody
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on September 18, 2021, 07:28:46 pm
It was about a new post talking about the fact that even vaccinated , immunocompromised or plwhiv may have more possibilities to severe illness or even death even after two weeks of second dose ....
from the article:

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The researchers report that there were relatively few COVID-19 related hospitalisations or deaths in the group who had received the second dose of any vaccine, meaning that the study lacked the statistical power to determine if the groups listed above are more, or less, at risk following a second vaccine dose compared with following the first dose.

So there really weren't enough cases of fully vaccinated Covid hospitalizations, much less PLWH cases, to even make a real determination.

BUT, if this was a verified issue, it would just prove how important it is for PLWH to be fully vaccinated and to always take the proper precautions of masking, distancing, and hand-washing.



In my area of America (south carolina), I have had my 3 shots, and ALWAYS mask-up everywhere......which makes me kind of an oddball. In this suburb of Charlotte NC, there's a strange combination of me, about a quarter of the very elderly, and every black person as the only groups of people masking up in public.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on September 18, 2021, 07:50:20 pm
In my area of America (south carolina), I have had my 3 shots, and ALWAYS mask-up everywhere......which makes me kind of an oddball. In this suburb of Charlotte NC, there's a strange combination of me, about a quarter of the very elderly, and every black person as the only groups of people masking up in public.

You know, I am the same... but I will also say, I bet you're the kind of guy who, even if you were not a PLWH, would still wear his mask out in public. I know I would. Having HIV makes no difference to us. We do what is right regardless, because we think of others.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on September 19, 2021, 05:28:07 am
So at the clinic/doctors office weeks back, they said I wasn't eligible for the 3rd boost on the count of that I had so many cd4's ???.. but seems the way around that is just go to your local Walgreens and fill out the paperwork and wala, your eligible. They don't ask about cd4's though.

Weird, the first two doses I felt nothing  except arm soreness on the injection site.. but on this third I did feel a bit sick afterwards, my parotid glands swelled up significantly and I was fatigued the rest of the day. It all cleared up the following day though.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 22, 2021, 10:29:26 am
Just received my covid booster about 20 minutes ago and now wAiting to get my eye exam here at the VA..

RAY
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on September 22, 2021, 01:54:49 pm
Just sharing this info. I am not posting to castigate anyone - just to be clear.

https://www.thebody.com/article/covid-booster-shot-HIV-latest

As I wrote previously, I was at 311 CD4s on June 2, but back in Feb. and March, I had 60 when I got my first two doses. My viral load then was astronomical as well.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 22, 2021, 04:13:04 pm
Just received my covid booster about 20 minutes ago and now wAiting to get my eye exam here at the VA..

RAY


I Want to clarify, whether it's called a " Booster" or 3rd dose...( I am still confused about this) I was just looking at my paper work. The VA medical Center, where I went to, calls it "C' dose. So I am assuming dose A, was the first B was the 2nd and C was the one I received today. I received the Pfizer today.

I asked 3 separate people today, If I was eligible. The first person placed a call, spoke with someone, and said yes,  asked me to go to the COBB room within the hospital for further info. I went there, asked the same question. I told them I am undetectable, with approx 560 cd4  count, 17% for cd4 percentage, HIV positive for 35 years, and will be 70 years old in December.

The answer was yes to getting the third dose. Prior to receiving it, I went up to my appointment for Gastrology, and spoke with the Doctor there.

This was a consult for my upcoming colonoscopy.  I asked him as well his thoughts on the third dose. He said by all means get it now.

My colonoscopy, will be sometime in November. ( Not exactly sure , will know tomorrow )

I had my Flu shot one week ago, so he placed the shot into the right arm. I had the flu shot in the left arm.


Anyway, no problem thus far. No arm pain, or any ill feeling.


I then,... after the shot went to eye clinic. All results were good. The  pressure in the eyes, was about 24, very minimal signs of cataract, and no vision change with my current prescription. My eye pressure reads a little high, but that's because, I have thick corneas, so after they convert and take into consideration the thick corneas, the pressure falls into an acceptable range. The reason they have been monitoring me closely is because Glaucoma runs in my family.

The normal range for eye pressure is between 12 and 22. When you start going above 22, is when the Doctor becomes concerned.

A visual field test was also done today, and the Doctor said I did extremely well with that !

The doctor set up one more appt for me, 6 months from today. If everything continues to look good, my annual appt., will be 6 months after that, and I will be back to once a year for eye exams.  I have been checked every 6 months for about a year and a half now, and there has been no change.

Otherwise, taking everything into consideration the Doctor said my eyes are pretty good shape, even though I wear a fairly strong prescription glasses.  :)

My Ophthalmologist today, also saw the purple wrist ban I was wearing after I got the third dose.  He said, " Good for you, most staff, here in the hospital is getting their third dose, which put my mind more at ease. The gastrologist and Ophthalmologist, told me they both have received their 3rd dose.

I will also have to get another COVID test done, 3 days prior to my colonoscopy. Date still needs to be determined.


That was my day today !! 

I am now home relaxing and watching TV !

Ray  8)

 

 

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 22, 2021, 04:18:58 pm
PS:

Also want to state that its been exactly 6 months since the second Covid shot.


RAy
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 22, 2021, 09:23:00 pm
F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans
Regulators said that people over 65 or at high risk of severe Covid-19 were eligible for an extra shot, setting up a staggered national booster campaign.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/us/politics/pfizer-boosters-fda-authorize.html

Sept. 22, 2021
Updated 7:51 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal strife at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency on Wednesday authorized people over 65 who had received Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to get a booster shot at least six months after their second injection.

The F.D.A. also authorized booster shots for adult Pfizer-BioNTech recipients who are at high risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19 or are at risk of serious complications from the disease due to frequent exposure to the coronavirus at their jobs....
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on September 26, 2021, 05:06:57 pm
My colonoscopy, will be sometime in November. ( Not exactly sure , will know tomorrow )

J.R.E., I canceled my colonoscopy schedules for October. I just feel real skittish about COVID-19 in and around here right now, and I really do not want it.

So, I will roll the die one more season and do it next year. I will be 52 then.

I had a fecal occult blood test done earlier this year when I got diagnosed with AIDS, so I figure I should be OK until next year. Of course, that test came back negative.

If I end up with colon cancer, meh. Of course, my medical luck of late sucks, and not in a good way. I have been a vegetarian since 1990, so the gods truly hate me if I get that form of cancer.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 26, 2021, 07:21:12 pm
J.R.E., I canceled my colonoscopy schedules for October. I just feel real skittish about COVID-19 in and around here right now, and I really do not want it.



Yeah I know what you mean.  I did finally get the colonoscopy scheduled for November 5th @ 11:00 am.

And I have to have another COVID test done on November 2nd, 3 days prior, and that's all set up as well too.

So.... unless the hospital for some reason decides to postpone, it's all set to go.


Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: pozzitive on September 29, 2021, 06:42:18 pm
I have heard different points of view on this one and I honestly don't know who to listen to.

Should I take my Pfizer booster, wait a couple of weeks and then take my Flu shot or does it really not matter and I can take them both together?
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 29, 2021, 08:53:08 pm
Hi,

I have heard many people say they can be administered together. Because of timing, That I  had no control of, I received my Flu shot on September 15th, and my  Covid Booster shot on September 22nd. ( Exactly one week apart.) and 6 months. and a few days, after my 2nd COVID shot.  All went well with no issues.

The vaccines work differently and won't interact with each other.

If In doubt, you should contact your doctors office.


Take care---Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 29, 2021, 08:59:02 pm


One more thing,... I received it ( The Covid booster) in the opposite arm from the Flu shot. The nurse wanted to do it that way.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on September 29, 2021, 09:11:57 pm
 :)

the CDC says "yes"

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fcovid-19%2Finfo-by-product%2Fclinical-considerations.html#Coadministration
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on October 01, 2021, 09:56:19 am
Merck says experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19

https://apnews.com/article/merck-says-experimental-covid-pill-cuts-worst-effects-a9a2245fdcee324f6bbd776a0fffcc60

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world to authorize its use.

If cleared, the drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic. All COVID-19 therapies now authorized in the U.S. require an IV or injection.

Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said early results showed patients who received the drug, called molnupiravir, within five days of COVID-19 symptoms had about half the rate of hospitalization and death as patients who received a dummy pill. The study tracked 775 adults with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who were considered higher risk for severe disease due to health problems such as obesity, diabetes or heart disease...
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: gpapadop91 on October 06, 2021, 09:35:20 am

https://www.contagionlive.com/view/people-living-with-hiv-diminished-immune-response-covid-19-mrna-vaccines

What about this guys?

We really have a diminished response to mRNA vaccination of covid similar to response for flu vaccine , HepB etc???
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 06, 2021, 05:40:37 pm
We might have a lower response as a group, a broad group of people with many differences and question as you included a few different vaccines.

I participated in a flu vaccine study last year, data to be published later to monitor the response of the flu vaccine in people living with HIV vs negative peers.

Anyhow, let's say the response is 50% less, it's better than a poke in the eyeball.


Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 06, 2021, 05:42:58 pm
I think this was a similar question and answer

Good morning guys...

I found this article.

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928684

Talking about having more possibilities to severe covid illness and or death EVEN AFTER TWO DOSES OF VACCINATION.

What about this? Are we really so vulnerable or does it talk about hiv+ people who are NOT on antiretroviral treatment...

Good morning



from the article:

So there really weren't enough cases of fully vaccinated Covid hospitalizations, much less PLWH cases, to even make a real determination.

BUT, if this was a verified issue, it would just prove how important it is for PLWH to be fully vaccinated and to always take the proper precautions of masking, distancing, and hand-washing.



In my area of America (south carolina), I have had my 3 shots, and ALWAYS mask-up everywhere......which makes me kind of an oddball. In this suburb of Charlotte NC, there's a strange combination of me, about a quarter of the very elderly, and every black person as the only groups of people masking up in public.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 07, 2021, 01:52:29 pm
Getting my booster shot on Sunday, also getting my flu shot but through the pharmacy.  That reminds me to open a flu vaccine thread, tad late but better late than never.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on October 07, 2021, 03:43:52 pm
Getting my booster shot on Sunday, also getting my flu shot but through the pharmacy.  That reminds me to open a flu vaccine thread, tad late but better late than never.

Timely!

I got my flu shot August 31.

==

Studies confirm waning immunity from Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
October 6, 2021

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/health/pfizer-vaccine-waning-immunity/index.html

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The waning protection may involve behavior, they noted. "Vaccinated persons presumably have a higher rate of social contact than unvaccinated persons and may also have lower adherence to safety measures," they wrote. "This behavior could reduce real-world effectiveness of the vaccine as compared with its biologic effectiveness, possibly explaining the waning of protection.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on October 07, 2021, 05:15:07 pm
Getting my booster shot on Sunday, also getting my flu shot but through the pharmacy.  That reminds me to open a flu vaccine thread, tad late but better late than never.
we just got our flu shots Tues. at our regular appointment

Unfortunately the butterfly needle thingie fell out of my arm while giving blood to the clinic vampire; but I have good veins so half of my blood came from one arm and half from the other. I already got some my lab results back except for cd4s. Good news is I don't have TB - I knew I didn't have it but it was a regularly required test for the Ryan White quality program, so now we all know for certain. LOL
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on October 07, 2021, 05:48:05 pm
Unfortunately the butterfly needle thingie fell out of my arm while giving blood

Heh.

As I have said many times to phlebotomists and pharmacy techs... how anyone could be an IV drug user is beyond me. That is one addiction I will never have to worry about. LOL.

Damn... I hate blood draws (primarily) - and needles (secondarily)! You should see my pulse spike when they start that shit. It's not pretty.

I was the guy in high school who couldn't watch the pregnancy film. (No joke.) I had to leave the room, but at least I spoke up before it started. I knew even then.

What is ironic is I would have made a great doctor - were it not for my hemophobia.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on October 07, 2021, 08:16:31 pm
Damn... I hate blood draws (primarily) - and needles (secondarily)! You should see my pulse spike when they start that shit.
funny thing was that I was telling the phlebotomist about how I had been so aidsy-sick for so long, back in the bad old days, that with regular lab tests every 4 wks for years and all the draws in the hospital, I had just quit counting after 382 jabs.....and that's about the time I saw the needle fall off my arm and a big ol' drop of blood start oozing out. LOL

It's not my pulse but BP that spikes at the doctor's office....but that's what happens when you drive from your little quiet town in South Carolina 50 miles up into the bustling city of Charlotte NC, fighting all the other drivers who are going 70 in a 55 zone, 3 lanes abreast, on an older highway with tight lanes and barricades on either side. There's no breaking down on that part of I-77 or you're dead.

but to get back to the topic, my flu shot puncture didn't bleed; I didn't have any side effects; and I'm expecting (with the help of masking-up in public) to not get the flu again this year. :D
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on October 08, 2021, 11:47:45 am
People living with HIV show diminished immune response to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
October 1, 2021

https://www.contagionlive.com/view/people-living-with-hiv-diminished-immune-response-covid-19-mrna-vaccines

(https://cdn.sanity.io/images/0vv8moc6/contagion/b9ebc57846a798d7c0adbe8656b841023a853a0e-800x400.jpg/hiv-covid-vaccine.jpg)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on October 10, 2021, 03:49:01 pm

Ed ( My significant other half) is in the process of making his 3rd, appointment, for the Pfizer third dose. He is now 6 months and two weeks past his second dose. He is also HIV negative, but will also be 70  in a few days.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 11, 2021, 02:55:17 am
Got my booster shot yesterday. Still no 5G network  :(

https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/get-the-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-booster-dose/
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on October 14, 2021, 08:42:28 pm

My partner Ed, is going to get his booster of Pfizer tomorrow morning at 9:45 at Walgreens

He went on line a little while ago, downloaded the forms, so that the process can be sped up tomorrow instead of filing the firms out at Walgreens.

Ray  8)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Bucklandbury on October 22, 2021, 02:02:05 pm
нет!

https://bhekisisa.org/health-news-south-africa/2021-10-20-the-verdict-is-in-and-sputnik-v-is-out/

https://www.thelancet.com/article/S0140-6736(20)32156-5/fulltext

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The conclusion of this consensus conference warned that non-HIV vaccine trials that used similar vectors in areas of high HIV prevalence could lead to an increased risk of HIV-1 acquisition in the vaccinated population. The increased risk of HIV-1 acquisition appeared to be limited to men; a similar increase in risk was not seen in women in the Phambili trial.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 26, 2021, 12:07:22 pm
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No, COVID-19 Vaccines Will Not Give You AIDS

None of the available SARS-CoV-2 vaccines have been linked to increased risk of HIV acquisition or disease progression.

https://www.poz.com/article/covid19-vaccines-will-give-aids

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FDA and CDC Recommend Moderna and J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters
Many people who received any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines are now eligible for an additional dose of their choice

https://www.poz.com/article/fda-advisors-recommend-moderna-jj-covid19-vaccine-boosters
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on October 31, 2021, 04:26:24 am
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On October 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new science reinforcing that vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19.

https://www.poz.com/article/vaccination-offers-more-protection-previous-covid19
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: dancingthroughlife on November 15, 2021, 04:37:03 am
dancingthroughlife -

Get vaccinated! One shot is better than nothing. It may be the difference between life and death.
Bring your proof of vaccination to where you are moving. As long as the same vaccinations are being used in both places, they shouldn't have a problem giving you the second one.
You don't want to get infected while traveling. The Delta variation is burning through populations right now.

Been quite a while, but finally got my full dose. Decided not to take the vaccine in the previous country because the admin hurdles was just crazy. I think they didn't want me to take their stockpile.

I got the AstraZeneca in my new country, sort of a lottery as they'll provide whatever they have on hand for the first dose. I only felt side effects for the first dose, and didn't feel anything for the second. Probably should have told the vaccine centre on my status (the official direction was anyone with comorbidities to take only Moderna). But it'd result in more admin hurdles while my GP told me any works fine but was tied by the ministry's direction.

Wish someone takes a step back and realise all these admin hurdles may discourage people from taking up the vaccine  >:( But to anyone reading, yea AZ works fine.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on November 26, 2021, 06:00:32 pm

Everyone now, is watching this new Covid variant. ( Omicron variant ) Today it caused the stock market to drop 906.00 points, and travel restrictions will be in place from 8 or 9 countries.



https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/new-covid-variant-south-africa-11-26-21/index.html


"Earlier today, the Biden administration announced it will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, starting Monday. The administration stressed it was acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after the World Health Organization labeled the newly discovered strain as a "variant of concern."

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Almost2late on December 09, 2021, 07:21:28 am
A new Stanford study says that HIV may be responsible for the Omicron variant..

Stanford Researchers Looking at Possible Link Between Omicron COVID Variant and HIV
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/coronavirus/stanford-researchers-looking-at-possible-link-between-omicron-covid-variant-and-hiv/2751193/

Just an idea.. maybe get everyone with a compromised immune system vaccinated? Better yet, everyone with an immune system on the planet?  But then how would big pharma profit? They can't just give it away, heaven forbid.. :-\

Get ready for the misinformation blame game that PLWHA are spreading the Omicron. I sure hope not.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Texland on December 16, 2021, 12:30:02 pm
PrEP for Covid approved in the US.

The FDA has approved using monoclonal antibodies as PrEP to prevent serious Covid infection in immunocompromised people. The treatment is expected to remain effective for about six months.

The product is only authorized for those individuals who are not currently infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and who have not recently been exposed to an individual infected with SARS-CoV-2. The authorization also requires that individuals either have:

    moderate to severely compromised immune systems due to a medical condition or due to taking immunosuppressive medications or treatments and may not mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination (examples of such medical conditions or treatments can be found in the fact sheet for health care providers) or;
    a history of severe adverse reactions to a COVID-19 vaccine and/or component(s) of those vaccines, therefore vaccination with an available COVID-19 vaccine, according to the approved or authorized schedule, is not recommended.


https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-new-long-acting-monoclonal-antibodies-pre-exposure

https://covidblog.oregon.gov/new-medication-approved-for-prevention-of-covid-19-in-certain-adults-and-children/
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on December 18, 2021, 07:13:53 am
Pfizer has a new pill to treat Covid : "Paxlovid" . It has to be taken within 5 days of first symptoms. The regimen is twice a day 2 pills. Pill #1 = PF-07321332, and Pill#2 = Ritonavir.

Make sure you mention and check with your ID doc and Pharmacist if the Ritonavir in Paxlovid is not contraindicated with your current meds !


https://www.hiv-druginteractions.org/checker
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on December 18, 2021, 11:06:23 pm
Pfizer has a new pill to treat Covid : "Paxlovid" . It has to be taken within 5 days of first symptoms. The regimen is twice a day 2 pills. Pill #1 = PF-07321332, and Pill#2 = Ritonavir.

Make sure you mention and check with your ID doc and Pharmacist if the Ritonavir in Paxlovid is not contraindicated with your current meds !


https://www.hiv-druginteractions.org/checker

Just for the heck of it, I decided to check my medications for any possible issues.

What showed up as a possible problem, was Atorvastatin, and Amlodipine, as a possible issue with Ritonavir.

EDITED to add,... Hopefully I will never need those pills !

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: bocker3 on December 19, 2021, 07:10:36 am
Just for the heck of it, I decided to check my medications for any possible issues.

What showed up as a possible problem, was Atorvastatin, and Amlodipine, as a possible issue with Ritonavir.

EDITED to add,... Hopefully I will never need those pills !

Ray
I took Ritonavir and Atorvastatin for about 14 yrs, without issue.  I took the Ritonavir in the morning and the atorvastatin in the evening, but still, I took them. 
I suspect that for the short term that one would take this Pfizer pill regimen, there would not be an issue.  Of course, one should check with their doctor or pharmacist and not rely on my anecdote and/or thoughts.

Back when I was taking Atripla and boosted Reyataz, plus all my other meds, anytime I used a drug interaction tool, all sorts of things came up as possible interactions - including food.  One must use those for info only and rely on/trust one's doctor to know what should or shouldn't be taken.

M
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on December 19, 2021, 11:52:31 am
I took Ritonavir and Atorvastatin for about 14 yrs, without issue.  I took the Ritonavir in the morning and the atorvastatin in the evening, but still, I took them. 
I suspect that for the short term that one would take this Pfizer pill regimen, there would not be an issue.  Of course, one should check with their doctor or pharmacist and not rely on my anecdote and/or thoughts.



M

I I agree...Yes, without a doubt, if this situation arose for someone, always discuss it with your doctor. Like you say, it would be a short term use, Doctor could possible say in my case, to stop the Amlodipine and atorvastatin temporarily .
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on December 19, 2021, 11:53:41 am


Back when I was taking Atripla and boosted Reyataz, plus all my other meds, anytime I used a drug interaction tool, all sorts of things came up as possible interactions - M

Oh yes, I've seen that as well.

Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on January 17, 2022, 06:19:37 pm
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2022/01/17/study-israel-fourth-vaccine-covid-coronavirus-omicron


Study: 4th COVID vaccine shot shows limited results with omicron
By Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff International
PUBLISHED 4:29 PM ET Jan. 17, 2022...


An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that is raging around the world.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on January 20, 2022, 01:34:53 pm
Just got a text that I need another booster (shot 4) and it's booked for tomorrow at 9:15 am...

Was not expecting it but okay. Is anyone else getting the 4th shot? Had not heard of this.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: leatherman on January 20, 2022, 01:52:36 pm
https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20220110/at-risk-americans-fourth-covid-shot

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Jan. 10, 2022 -- Some Americans with a weakened immune system who face high risks for severe COVID-19 become eligible this week to receive a fourth dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The CDC endorsed a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for moderately and severely immunocompromised people on Aug. 13, which is considered part of their first immunization series rather than a booster shot.

In October, the CDC said moderately and severely immunocompromised people could receive a booster shot, or a fourth dose of the vaccine, 6 months after their third dose.

But the CDC last week shortened the timeline to 5 months for a booster shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. That means immunocompromised people could begin signing up for a fourth shot later this week, The New York Times reported.

About 2.7% of U.S. adults, or about 7 million adults, are considered immunocompromised, according to the CDC. They’re more likely to contract severe COVID-19, have a higher risk for long COVID, have lower antibody levels after vaccination, and develop serious breakthrough infections. About 40% of hospitalized breakthrough cases are among immunocompromised people.

According to CDC guidance, people are considered to be “moderately or severely immunocompromised” if they have:

Active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
Had an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Had a stem cell transplant in the last 2 years and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that suppress the immune response
So far, only moderately and severely immunocompromised Americans are eligible for a fourth shot. Israel has begun offering fourth doses to high-risk groups, including older adults, but the Biden administration hasn’t yet said whether the U.S. will follow, the Times reported.

Overall, the focus remains on getting third shots to Americans who are eligible for boosters, Rochelle Walensky, MD, the CDC director, told reporters on Friday. U.S. officials will remain in touch with Israel to follow their data on fourth shots.

“We will be following our own data carefully as well, to see how these boosters are working in terms of waning effectiveness, not just for infection but, importantly, for severe disease,” she said.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on January 20, 2022, 02:12:50 pm
Cool thanks. Had not seen that yet
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on January 20, 2022, 02:46:08 pm
I'm soooooo done with this Covid shit
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on January 20, 2022, 03:05:26 pm
I think we all are done with it but COVID isn't done with us.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: J.R.E. on January 20, 2022, 05:24:32 pm

Was not expecting it but okay. Is anyone else getting the 4th shot? Had not heard of this.

Haven't heard anything yet. All I've had, so far is the 3 pfizer jabs. Will be watching the VA website to see if I will receive the 4th jab.


Ray
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on January 21, 2022, 04:55:01 am
Got my 4th shot today.

So that's 3x Pfizer (Comirnaty) and 1x Moderna (SpikeVax)
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Grasshopper on January 21, 2022, 01:42:23 pm
Got my 4th shot today.

So that's 3x Pfizer (Comirnaty) and 1x Moderna (SpikeVax)

Wow....was that an early birthday gift ?     ;D

Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Jim Allen on January 21, 2022, 02:00:05 pm
Wow....was that an early birthday gift ?     ;D

 ;D LOL.

"Early birthday gift" That's what the Nurse said as well.
Title: Re: COVID-19 Vaccine
Post by: Expat1 on January 26, 2022, 12:06:29 pm
I received my  4th dose.  So 3 Moderna followed by 1 Pfizer.   The Pfizer had fewer side effects.  Just a little site soreness.  The Moderna included headaches and I needed a nap for fatigue after each injection.