Love in the Time of COVID-19

Yegad, there’s an awful lot of supposition and jumping to conclusions in that.

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(It looks like a small correction has been made to the article since, but that seems like a rather important detail to drop)

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My daughter and I both received our bivalent vaccine doses today, which marks my fourth dose overall. So far I’m a little tired (which may be largely indistinguishable from normal) and my arm is a bit sore at the injection site. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

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my arm was sore and i slept a bit longer than normal after my bivalent shot, and i felt achy the next day, but after that i was fine. the previous three shots hit me MUCH harder. i slept like 10 hours and felt like crap for an entire following day after each of those. hopefully you’ll have an easier experience too.

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Same experience for me. Much weaker reaction.

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I got the Pfizer jab this time (I’ve been all Moderna up to now.) I had no reaction whatsoever this time, despite a day of general malaise after all the previous jabs. Which I thought was weird, because the two vaccines are pretty much functionally identical. Human biology is strange.

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For people ages 18 to 49, the relative vaccine effectiveness (rVE) for a bivalent booster against a symptomatic infection was 30 percent compared with people who had received two or more monovalent doses, with their most recent shot between two to three months ago. The rVE in this age group jumped to 56 percent when compared to people with two more monovalent doses, if the most recent dose was given eight or more months ago.

The study has limitations, including that it’s based on self-reported data, it doesn’t account for different exposure risks, combinations of vaccinations and past infections, or different behaviors, such as mask wearing and social distancing. Vaccine estimates could also change with future SARS-CoV-2 variants.

But, overall, it shows the bivalent vaccines provide “additional protection against infection compared with previous vaccination with two, three, or four monovalent vaccines alone.”
Currently, only 11.3 percent of eligible Americans have received a bivalent booster shot.

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