My godmother of 90 had hers on Friday... I asked if I could possibly have at the same time as CEV and a carer.... but the GPs computer couldn't cope with that, so hoping it will be soon. Not sure how effective they will be with a suppressed immune system and I doubt anybody will be able to give me that information prior to the vaccination....guess any cover is better than none.
Age plays a role in effectiveness also, just like with the flu shot. Glad to hear your godmother and dad were both willing to get the shot. It must be a relief for you to know they will have some protection against this virus.
Rheumy said it will be less effective for us but if you do get a case of Covid it shouldn't be as serious. Timing is key with medications that deplete your B cells such as Rituxan. You want to have it done when you have your peak antibodies. Keep in mind it is 2 doses and it doesn't kick in for about 2 weeks. My window is too tight so my infusion will need to be delayed a week or two.
There have been no true studies. They are however examining cases to see how Lupus patients have faired. It will take some time since we are all on different medications and we don't all experience Lupus in the same way. In the US the recommendation is due to be released in March.
Neither the Pfizer or the Moderna are live viruses so doctors feel they should be safe. The live attenuated viruses need to be looked at more closely. In my area you get whatever the government sent at the time. Maybe later when the vaccines are more plentiful you will.
My daughter has terrible allergies and asthma and had the Moderna one. The site had all the possible precautions on hand. Later at home she had her Epi pens handy just in case but didn't need to use them. She is having a robust response with the second dose but no asthma.
My wife and I received our 1st dose of Pfizer on March 4th. I had mixed feelings about side effects but having a good chance of death if I contracted Covid gave me no option. I have no doubt results will vary but here is my experience so far.
8:15 am - getting the injection was painless (I hope she gives me the 2nd dose too!) No issues all day.
Days 2-4 -every side effect listed except headache but felt like a bad flare, not sure which happened really. In bed for 3 days running a 101.5 temp and chills, very weak exhausted. I slept most of the 3 days.
I felt a little better every day after and almost normal a week later. My 2nd dose is on the 26th so I’m hoping I don’t have the same or worse experience after that one, but it is what it is and I’ll have a big weight off my shoulders when I can leave my house again to do something other than get food, prescription, and required in person doctors visits. I will post my results around 2 weeks after my 2nd shot to give you the full story.
FYI - my wife didn’t have ANY side effects but is worried she may on the 2nd shot. She doesn’t have Lupus, she just has me! lol
Thank you for sharing your experience Tom. Maybe since you reacted with your first shot you won't with the second. I've only heard of a few people with Lupus getting the shot and so far most have had few side effects, but any that have sound similar to a flare to me.
I’m afraid of having the vaccine because I can’t take any meds for Lupus/RA and the rest. All I get is a steroid injection now and again and that gives me hip too. Don’t know what to do
You are not alone in being on the fence with what to do. Cancer patients, transplant patients, MS patients, and the list goes on are all wrangling with the same decision. Personally I am more afraid of Covid 19 since I am on B cell depletion therapy. I am willing to take the risk but my decision only came after consulting with my doctors, family and doing as much research as I could find.
I wasn’t told by my doctor to go off any of my medications and I don’t know anyone who has.
I’m now fully vaccinated and only dealing with joint and muscle pain (more than my usual). I’m very relieved to feel safe again, to be able to go outside and not have to worry. The pros certainly beat the cons for me in my decision to get the vaccine.
I did have something very unexpected happen for me after the first dose. Now one thing I was curious about after reading how the vaccine worked was could it help with autoimmune issues in the process. For a few months before getting the vaccine I was having serious breathing issues (shortness of breath sometimes close to losing consciousness kind of issues) which completely disappeared the next day! I don’t know if it will be permanent, (I’m having tests done to check for any issues) but it’s a huge thing for me and getting the vaccine was the only difference. The pros have definitely been worth it.
Lazylegs, did your daughter have any change in her asthma and/or allergies after being vaccinated?
I’m stumped on hearing about pausing medications as I’m on around 8 a day and after checking with 4 doctors, none paused me on any of my meds ...
Tom initially the thinking was to remove the B cell depletion drugs or at a minimum to delay them. The snag was you weren't on them unless other medications hadn't already been found ineffective for you and if delayed you might flare so doctors were left to make their suggestions on a case to case basis. Instead they came out with a schedule for timing the drugs so you take them when your B cells would be at their highest point before depleting them once again. A trial is being done now to see if the vaccines will be effective or not for these patients.
My daughter did well with her asthma and didn't have an allergic reaction. She did however have a strong reaction to her second dose. The doctor actually ran a covid test because it went on so long.