Got the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination

April 8, 2021 | minutes read

What did we do?

  • Jess and I received our first dose of the Pfizer vaccination, our second dose scheduled for 3 weeks from now.
  • We were able to get the vaccination since Jess had heard, through a mom’s group she’s part of, that breastfeeding mothers (along with their partners) were eligible through a Kaiser clinic. So after signing up a week early, we strolled into the Renton vaccine clinic and were in and out within 20 minutes.

What are the after effects?

  • Jess is a super human and had almost zero effects (she did dose herself lots of vitamin C a week before, so that could be the reason)
  • I felt mentally foggy within the first hour and by the second hour, I was very lethargic, my energy zapped, requiring me to take a 2.5 hour nap to recover
  • Before heading to bed, I had a dead arm, my arm feeling as though someone punched me about 100 times

Getting the vaccination wasn’t a black/white decision

  • The vaccination is not FDA approved
  • The vaccination was made publicly available at an accelerated rate
  • Jess is/was worried about the long term impact
  • For me, the vaccination is one step forward in returning back to a sense of normalcy, reducing my anxiety and general nervousness of feeling that I’m going to catch COVID-19
  • We can more safely travel to U.K. and visit Jess’s family



I’m Matt Chung. I’m a software engineer, seasoned technology leader, and father currently based in Seattle and London. I love to share what I know. I write about topic developing scalable & fail-safe software running in the AWS cloud, digital organization as a mechanism for unlocking your creativity, and maximizing our full potentials with personal development habits.

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