I remember when COVID-19 vaccines were first talked about and developed. Then the testing happened, and then emergency FDA approval, and finally fully approved by the FDA. I decided early on that I would get my vaccine when ready. I've never really been one to even get the yearly influenza vaccine, but with the pandemic raging I decided I would get my COVID-19 jab.

I got the Pfizer vaccine. When I got the first dose I didn't even feel the needle. To be clear, I'm not afraid of needles. I just expected to feel this one much more. Three weeks later I got my booster shot and didn't feel much again. Both the following days I had a very mild sore arm.

Then just last week (months later) I realized that you could get your yearly flu shot, and I figured what the heck, I'll get one this year. So I scheduled my appointment.

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I showed up yesterday and got my flu shot, and let me tell you, it was a sharper more painful experience than the Pfizer Covid Vaccine. Within an hour my arm hurt more than it did with the other shots. By the next morning it felt like I got a punch in the arm. Still, it wasn't bad, but I sure felt it more.

I'd get both vaccines again. If you've been worried about getting the covid-19 shot, it's no worse than the flu in terms of pain. The second day after my booster shot I was a little tired, but that was it.

I know everyone else has had different experiences with the shots, and this is just in my case.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.