This not an article telling you why you should have the vaccination, or even to convince you to have it. That is your decision. What I did realise though, when I was researching it for myself, was the lack of real information about the journey.
Keep in mind, when you read this, everyone's journey is different. This is my experience of the vaccination journey. For the record, I had the Oxford Astra Zeneca does.
I received my injection at about 1330. The process was quick, I was in and out within thirty minutes. I didn't feel the injection at all and the staff were all lovely.
About three hours after, I started to feel a slight warmth in my arm at the injection site. I also felt a little nauseous. This is one of the known side effects. Although I wasn't hungry, the nausea was not bad enough to cause any distress.
Woke up with some body aches and what seemed like a hot flush. The aches were mainly in areas that I have an injury to, such as my lower back and knee. I still didn't feel hungry but the nausea had gone.
After a couple of hours, I took two paracetamol because I felt like I was getting a temperature, although, the thermometer told me I was at 37.
By the end of the day, I was very tired and felt a little unwell like a slight dose of flu.
Woke up and felt fine. My arm was slightly sore. When I moved it, there was a slight cramping feeling, but nothing severe that needed painkillers. I knew it was there, but it didn't stop me from doing anything.
I ate a little but was not as hungry as I normally was. Not a bad thing in my case.
Other personal factors that you might want to take into account are that I have two children in the house under four. Tiredness is a general feeling.
I had the vaccination over the weekend, so I wasn't working.
Hopefully, this account will help answer some of the questions you may have. If you have any specific ones, please feel free to contact me.