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I don't want to get vaccinated. I have debilitating anxiety, asthma, severe allergies to everything under the sun and afraid of a reaction. I have recently recovered from Covid too. I hate how ostracized society friends work everything is making me feel about this decision, which I know is only an inevitability at this point because my family is overseas and I can't not see them for the rest of my life. Anyone else in the same boat as me? PS. If ur here to bash on me keep it moving.

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I am just proud of you for admitting that you are afraid of the reaction. I think that is the case with a LOT of people but they use politics or some other reasoning as their crutch. I was terrified like you, but I finally figured 24 hours of potential sickness was worth it to lessen the symptoms if I caught it later — plus “do it for other people” or whatever you are supposed to say that’s PC. Get it on a slow weekend, take a Tylenol and lots of water and sleep it off. Wish you luck 🍀

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FWIW, I’m in a similar boat with severe allergies, including food allergies, and severe asthma with some lung damage from prior hours of pneumonia. After speaking with my doctor, it was clear that the risk of infection was higher than the risk of vaccine. I opted for the single dose vaccine and got vaccinated in a hospital with an extended observation period. I had a lot of anxiety about it but it worked out just fine. The staff was really great and totally understood my concerns and had procedures in place to deal with a potential reaction. If you decide to get vaccinated, I’d highly recommend going the hospital route.

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Speak to a doctor. If you can't get the vaccine because of medical issues then fine. If they suggest you get it because medical issues place you at greater risk, but then you still decide not to, then that is NOT fine by me 💁‍♂️

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^ this. A doctor is qualified to help OP understand the relative risks of getting vaccinated vs. staying unvaccinated. Weighing the risks should be made through an informed position vs. fear alone.

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OP, this pandemic has exposed how sick some people in our society really are. There’s a lot of hypocrites who want to shut down restaurants and travel for others but continue to dine out and travel themselves. Wearing a mask to protect themselves isn’t good enough either, they want to force you into wearing it to. Getting the jab to protect themselves also isn’t good enough, they want to force it on you as well. What’s hilarious is that spread among vaccinated people is growing and the vaccine clearly isn’t as efficacious against preventing spread. It IS protective against severe illness and death, but that defeats their lame argument about forcing the vaccine on everyone to prevent further spread and mutation.

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The virus is going to mutate because it’s a virus. We could quadruple vaccinate every American and then get hit with the ligma strain from Indonesia. Get vaccinated to protect yourself against severe complications and then hope you or a family member doesn’t have to go to the hospital for non-COVID issues any time soon. This isn’t ending unless the government mandate vaccines, and I just don’t see that flying too well with some of our least vaccinated zip codes.

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If your doctor is telling you not to, and there is a medically valid reason that’s fine. If you haven’t spoken to your doctor and they would recommend it, then you’re not going to get sympathy on this one. You should also seek treatment for anxiety separately.

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Agree with this. Have you talked to your doctor? Is this what your doctor advises? Many people who have not been vaccinated because of “reasons” never talked to their doctor about it! This is why it’s important to have a doctor you can trust. Talk to a professional. Maybe they will agree vaccine isn’t right for you, or maybe they will give you comfort that the vaccine is the safest choice for you.

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No. I’m vaccinated and I’m pro vax, but having severe allergies is a concern. Some do get anaphylaxis, so your concerns are valid. Regarding the anxiety though, is that something you’re getting treated for?

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OP, it’s difficult to rationalize how you’d prefer risking catching this virus again - while having severe allergies - instead of getting vaccinated. Sorry.

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D3- I googled it and I’m not finding the evidence you claim is out there. The only report of a vaccine death from anaphylaxis was from India. Please provide specific sources.

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27M w/ autoimmune disease, allergies, prior hospitalization, asthma, etc too. I recovered from covid about a year ago. Personally, I couldn’t have been more relieved when I got the vaccine as I saw it as a safety buffer to prevent future severe infections - especially with the new variants. I had no adverse reactions when I got the vaccine. I hope my history and story helps you rationalize a decision but understand if you still have qualms.

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OP some people have allergies to it, that's ok.

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Natural immunity is superior to vaccine immunity in many and most cases. Your antibodies aren't on a clock from natural immunity. Yes antibodies wane from both types of immunities. They are strongest a month after infection. But natural immunity antibodies do level off and remain present, while also declining at a slower pace than vaccine induced.

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No, 99.9% is the proven, factual survival rate of Covid for people in my situation. I am not familiar with seat belt stats, but I'll trust you've done your research. By the way, I'll link another if we're keeping track. Previous Covid Prevents Delta Infection Better Than Pfizer Shot https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-27/previous-covid-prevents-delta-infection-better-than-pfizer-shot?utm_source=twitter&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic

Since you have allergies to a lot of things I would talk to your doctor about it and see what they think. I would also recommend getting it in a medical setting if possible, because they will be best prepared if you have a reaction. I don’t have any allergies to anything, so I got mine in a mass vaccination site that was a drive through. They did require everyone to park and wait 15 minutes in case of a reaction and had paramedics on site.

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My mom is immunosuppressed, meaning that although she’s vaccinated her immune system still very much mimics an unvaccinated person. If she gets sick from Covid she’s in an extremely high risk group. Your choice has a huge impact on her and the rest of my family - along with so many families like ours.

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Fwiw, I also have severe asthma and allergies. Just go to get the J&J. I didn’t have any side effects except it make my arm sore for about 30 minutes and I went to bed about an hour earlier.

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I wanted to thank everyone for taking out the time to reply. I'm pleasantly surprised at those who have been so understanding even though they've been vaccinated themselves. None of you called my concerns unfounded, or called me stupid, selfish or any other names for being scared. I can't tell you guys how much i needed to hear that, especially how someone here said it's ok to be scared. I've been on plenty of work calls now where people are outright bashing on those who aren't vaccinated, or in conversations with my friends who are saying the same. It's made me feel increasingly isolated. On the speaking to my doctor, my doctor understands my concerns and when Iast saw her, said I should be okay for upto three months following covid because of the natural immunity, and we could revisit the conversation then. My three months have just ended, so I'm starting to think about this again and increasingly feeling pressured for something I'm not mentally ready for. I'll have a conversation with her again and then decide i guess. In the meantime, thank you for your kindness and understanding. The world feels just a little less crazy today.

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For what it’s worth the only side effect I had was a headache.

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Severe allergies is a legit concern- my grandma has a shellfish allergy so my aunt set her up to get vaccinated at a hospital with my dad present to help her (she’s also an anxious person) Reach out to your local hospital and see what accommodations they can make (having a friend, extended observation period, private room, etc)

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Thank you for being so vulnerable. Most of those who choose not to use logic and other means as a crunch. No one just says “hey I’m kind of scared.” Everyone is and that’s ok to admit.

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I think the whole issue is how politicized and sheer amount of misinformation is floating around vaccines. In your case OP, having severe allergies could definitely be a legit hesitation. If this wasn't so politicized and there wasn't so much straight up lies floating around, it might of been possible to either reach herd immunity or at least have covid controlled enough where someone in your situation might not absolutely need to get it. But atlas.. we live in a world where the govt is apparently trying to control us and give us 5G so it's better to take livestock dewormers than take the now FDA approved vaccine... because of this I think there's so much stigma against vaccine hesitant people... as others have mentioned.. OP please talk to a medical professional and their opinions on it.

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Just here to offer some kindness.

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Same. I already had Covid a month ago and recovered, and I keep making the step to start to make an appointment to get vaccinated and then suddenly convince myself I’m going to have complications from it after already having recovered from Covid itself 😭 I think I have two months of immunity left from antibodies, let’s hope I can drag myself to a Walgreens before then

This is anecdotal, but in my tiny bubble of the world - those of us who had covid and later received the vaccine did not experience the “hit by a train” side effects that those who had not contracted covid did. Just a sore arm for a day or 2. No biggie at all. Also - look at the data. Complications from the vaccine are very, very rare. If you regularly get the flu shot, you’ll be fine.

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