Last week, I had my first jab of Biontech, which is great, except I have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac before leaving The Philippines. But as the politics of Covid-19 vaccines goes, I am legally unvaccinated here, since Germany, like most European countries, does not recognize the China-made vaccine.
Some physicians and majority of the population have not even heard of Sinovac and have no idea what it is! Very interesting since this is the most available and widely used vaccine in my side of the world.
After consulting two physicians at home and two physicians here, we decided to get fully vaccinated with Biontech. Again. For freedom of movement purposes. There are no studies yet as to the effects of a cross-vaccination between Sinovac and Biontech, but I guess I will let you know.
I felt no major side effects when I had two of my Sinovac jabs. Maybe some mild headache and fatigue, but it can also be due to the sheer stress of securing a vaccination in my country. It took all day for starters, with a bajillion other people. Not fun. But there was nothing to complain about really. I was sort of proud of my immune system for how it handled the vaccinations.
…Which is why it was a surprise when I had major chills 24 hours after my first Biontech dose. We went to visit Markus’ grandmother and it was wintertime when I got home. I was covered from head to foot, with two duvets and a wool blanket on top of me, plus a hottie, but I remained cold for about five hours. Long night.
I know chills are a normal vaccine side effect, but it is a wonder how my body reacted this time, considering it is supposed to be on its third date with the coronavirus vaccine. Also, my arm hurt like hell. I could not even lift it! Fortunately, recovery was fast. I woke up feeling better and able to use my arm.
Still, this full dose cross-vaccination stirs the dust in my head. What will happen to my body? Did Sinovac work? Will I be super immune to Covid-19 after getting four doses of the vaccine? Is the world aware of the full ramifications of being selective about vaccines? How is social justice defined when I am able to take two full doses of different jabs when many people in The Philippines have not even received one? Who will be responsible as the world is further divided by this pandemic?