I’d like to tell you why I’m ineligible for a vaccine passport – CBC

I had a severe anaphylactic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine and now I’m hesitant to get the second dose

Sep 19, 2021

Like most Canadians, I was eager for the COVID 19 vaccine rollout — it was our way out of the pandemic and back to normalcy. At 33 years old, with no reason to be prioritized, I was not first in line. While I waited my turn, I watched the process unfold. First, my husband, who works in health care, got his first dose.

As the age priority system worked its way down the line, my parents, in-laws, friends and siblings followed suit. It was May when I got the text that I was free to go forward and book my own first dose at a vaccine clinic.

The jab itself was painless. But within 10 minutes of my mandatory post-shot waiting period, my tongue felt thick and tingled as though I had devoured multiple bags of salt and vinegar chips. I quickly lost the ability to swallow and became dizzy.

A doctor then put a shot of epinephrine into my leg as I lay behind the observation curtain of the vaccination centre. And as I lay there, convulsing from the adrenaline coursing through my body, the doctor said, “You’ll probably have to have your second dose at a hospital.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/first-person-vaccine-hesitancy-1.6180259

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