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    Re: Health Anxiety preventing me from getting Covid-19 Vaccination

    Dee - thanks so much for sharing your experience. Good on you for pushing past your anxiety and getting the vaccine! I'm sure it will help a lot of people to read this.

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    Hello anxious_dan,

    Hope you are doing well and better! Have you gotten your vaccine as of yet?

    I am able to book the appointment the earliest for next weekend but my anxiety is holding me back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennclark View Post
    Hello anxious_dan,

    Hope you are doing well and better! Have you gotten your vaccine as of yet?

    I am able to book the appointment the earliest for next weekend but my anxiety is holding me back...
    Thanks Yep, I'm booked in for the vaccine this Sunday. My anxiety has centered mostly around the rare 'blood clot' reports related to the Astrazenica vaccine. The risk of actually getting a blood clot from it is extremely low, but right now my risk of suffering several weeks crippling anxiety worrying about it is extremely high! So I'm going to go the appointment and see if I can be offered the Pfizer or Moderna. If I get offered one of those, I'll absolutely take it but if it's AstraZenica - I'm not yet sure what I will do. It's a case of 'see how i feel on the day'.

    Sorry to hear your anxiety is still holding you back. Why don't you try doing what I did - just book it up that appointment next weekend anyway? Worst case scenario you could cancel it, but taking that first step might really help. I know this has been concerning you for quite some time now so i really do wish you the best of luck - feel free to let us know how you get on.

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    Hi Dan! I’m a little late to the party here, just saw your post. Good for you for booking the appointment. That’s a huge first step. I can’t offer you any advice re: AZ, because we don’t have that one here in the states. I am terrified of all medication. I have to be in a pretty severe amount of pain to take Tylenol or Advil, or even some antibiotics. I’ve tried AD’s a couple times with no luck. One pill in and I had insane panic attacks. I don’t get a flu shot because I’m terrified it will give me the flu (unreasonable, yes. But when is HA reasonable, really?).

    I watch a great show every morning over here where a couple local infectious disease specialists talk about Covid, and vaccines, and answer questions from the public and media. They’re wonderful and actually are the ones that convinced me to get the vaccine. I’ve been pretty worried about catching Covid from day one. I’m extremely overweight. Very out of shape. No other medical conditions that I know of, but in my mind catching Covid equaled a death sentence. So I booked in for Pfizer as soon as it was available. I purposefully did not let myself read anything at all about the vaccine. Solely made my decision and got my knowledge from those two doctors. First jab, zero side effects past a sore arm. Second jab, mild fever, aches, and chills - gone within 12 hours. No effects since and I’m over a month out from my second dose. I realize this doesn’t apply much to your fears because you don’t seem as worried about Pfizer as you are about AZ. But - if your main concern is the clot issue, 20-30% of people that contract Covid (mild or severe) will have clotting problems. That’s a big number. Now they may be minor clots, some may not know there’s anything wrong and others may require medical intervention. But - the odds of developing clots is far greater post Covid than post vaccine.

    the mindset you have right now may cause you issues regardless of which vaccine you take. You’ve almost decided that any side effects you get will throw you into a tailspin of anxiety for months. I wonder if it would help to do some positive self talk type work - “if I get side effects, they’re overwhelming likely to be short lived”. “Once I have this vaccine, I’m 95% less likely to become seriously ill with Covid”. “I have a low grade fever, and I know that’s a reaction to the vaccine. I’ll take a paracetamol and have a nap, it will be gone when I wake”. Those types of things. Instead of ingraining in your mind that you will absolutely suffer months of debilitating anxiety, change your thought processes to make a plan of how you will deal with the side effects, and not let your anxiety get the best of you.

    I truly hope you can go through with it Sunday but even if you can’t, keep trying. You’re taking some great steps towards life getting back to normal! Just stick with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anxious_dan View Post
    I don't think most of the media have been too bad with their reporting of the clot issue. I haven't seen any scaremongering thankfully. Most news articles I saw stressed the point they are extremely rare and both AZ and J&J had the coverage so AZ was not singled out.

    Looking at this issue in the most objective way I can; I think there's always going to be a moral and ethical dilemma in the rollout of any drug if you say 1 in every X number of people get a certain condition or die. The justification is the risk/benefit ratio- that the maximum number of people are saved and the minimum number are lost. On a social level - I think this argument is probably a reasonable line to take, but once you start dealing on a more personal level, it then becomes about each persons individual reaction. For the vast, vast majority of people- people are going to be totally fine about accepting an extremely, extremely small risk for the benefits offered.

    However, all I would add is that before giving vaccines we acknowledge the concept of asking people if they have any physical health conditions that might be an issue - so I guess my personal view is simply that it may also be appropriate to consider peoples mental health conditions also - and in extreme situations of a person suffering chronic HA, if it means the difference between that person getting a vaccine or not getting a vaccine due to heightened perceptions of risk and the potential for a lengthy period of psychological health issues, it may be best just to offer that person the vaccine they are most comfortable with even if their anxiety does not make logical sense to others, because that way the person in question has less psychological suffering and is vaccinated and wider society benefits from having one more person who is less likely to become seriously ill and spread to others.

    Edit: Literally only just saw this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57021738 "Under 40s to be offered alternative to AZ vaccine"

    "The risk of a clot is roughly one in 100,000 for people in their 40s, but rises to one in 60,000 for people in their 30s."

    I think at this point I have considered this issue carefully enough to know that for me personally, My "final decision" is I want to get the vaccine 100% but that I will try to get Pfizer or Moderna if possible. I'll definitely go to my appointment Sunday and see what they say.
    Dan, did you see the chart published (Guardian, Telegraph) showing the clot risk vs covid benefit by age profile? There is a clear line at which point having the vaccine outweighs the risk of a clot. That's what they are being guided by to make it even safer for younger people.

    Also, is anyone worried about Pfizer doing much the same but via allergic reactions? And is anyone worried about AZ and allergic reactions? The media are reporting these things but the numbers might surprise you and may even shine a light on a misplaced bias towards clots. It's interesting the same governments that panicked over these clots, mirroring parts of the HA mindset, aren't worrying about allergic reactions anymore.
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    Dee Iím so pleased you had your 2nd. Well done.

    Glassgirl - great post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MyNameIsTerry View Post
    Dan, did you see the chart published (Guardian, Telegraph) showing the clot risk vs covid benefit by age profile? There is a clear line at which point having the vaccine outweighs the risk of a clot. That's what they are being guided by to make it even safer for younger people.

    Also, is anyone worried about Pfizer doing much the same but via allergic reactions? And is anyone worried about AZ and allergic reactions? The media are reporting these things but the numbers might surprise you and may even shine a light on a misplaced bias towards clots. It's interesting the same governments that panicked over these clots, mirroring parts of the HA mindset, aren't worrying about allergic reactions anymore.
    I'm still extremely baffled by the media's singling out of the blood clot thing, though they appear to have toned things down a bit more lately.

    I still can't understand why some seem to consider getting blood clots from Covid itself the lesser of the two evils compared to getting blood clots from the jabs. It's as if there's some kind of CT agendas at play, (e.g, the govt microchip thing) though the media appear to have even piped down about those of late, thank God!

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    I hope that you can get Pfizer or Moderna! Itís so nice to see how positive you are looking at it. Iím not sure how they do it where you live but only the walk in pharmacies here offer AZ, while the places where you book an appointment is either Pfizer or Moderna.

    I ended up taking the step and booking the appointment for me and my boyfriend. I know it will be Pfizer because we are going to the place my parents went to. My fear is the initial reaction when it first goes in and during that 15-20 minute waiting period. I feel scared of some sort of allergic reaction or passing out just like the person did while my friend got it. That really scares me...I am also on birth control, not sure if that could cause some reaction.

    My appointment isnít this Sunday but the next one. I am going to really try to speak to my doctor before going. I know I will be so anxious the day of if I donít.

    Let me know how it goes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennclark View Post
    I hope that you can get Pfizer or Moderna! It’s so nice to see how positive you are looking at it. I’m not sure how they do it where you live but only the walk in pharmacies here offer AZ, while the places where you book an appointment is either Pfizer or Moderna.

    I ended up taking the step and booking the appointment for me and my boyfriend. I know it will be Pfizer because we are going to the place my parents went to. My fear is the initial reaction when it first goes in and during that 15-20 minute waiting period. I feel scared of some sort of allergic reaction or passing out just like the person did while my friend got it. That really scares me...I am also on birth control, not sure if that could cause some reaction.

    My appointment isn’t this Sunday but the next one. I am going to really try to speak to my doctor before going. I know I will be so anxious the day of if I don’t.

    Let me know how it goes!!
    That's excellent! So pleased to hear you got booked in. I guess you have a bit of a wait, but it's excellent you took the first step. Will be sure to let you know how it goes and I really hope to be able to deliver some positive news soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glassgirlw View Post
    Hi Dan! I’m a little late to the party here, just saw your post. Good for you for booking the appointment. That’s a huge first step. I can’t offer you any advice re: AZ, because we don’t have that one here in the states. I am terrified of all medication. I have to be in a pretty severe amount of pain to take Tylenol or Advil, or even some antibiotics. I’ve tried AD’s a couple times with no luck. One pill in and I had insane panic attacks. I don’t get a flu shot because I’m terrified it will give me the flu (unreasonable, yes. But when is HA reasonable, really?).

    I watch a great show every morning over here where a couple local infectious disease specialists talk about Covid, and vaccines, and answer questions from the public and media. They’re wonderful and actually are the ones that convinced me to get the vaccine. I’ve been pretty worried about catching Covid from day one. I’m extremely overweight. Very out of shape. No other medical conditions that I know of, but in my mind catching Covid equaled a death sentence. So I booked in for Pfizer as soon as it was available. I purposefully did not let myself read anything at all about the vaccine. Solely made my decision and got my knowledge from those two doctors. First jab, zero side effects past a sore arm. Second jab, mild fever, aches, and chills - gone within 12 hours. No effects since and I’m over a month out from my second dose. I realize this doesn’t apply much to your fears because you don’t seem as worried about Pfizer as you are about AZ. But - if your main concern is the clot issue, 20-30% of people that contract Covid (mild or severe) will have clotting problems. That’s a big number. Now they may be minor clots, some may not know there’s anything wrong and others may require medical intervention. But - the odds of developing clots is far greater post Covid than post vaccine.

    the mindset you have right now may cause you issues regardless of which vaccine you take. You’ve almost decided that any side effects you get will throw you into a tailspin of anxiety for months. I wonder if it would help to do some positive self talk type work - “if I get side effects, they’re overwhelming likely to be short lived”. “Once I have this vaccine, I’m 95% less likely to become seriously ill with Covid”. “I have a low grade fever, and I know that’s a reaction to the vaccine. I’ll take a paracetamol and have a nap, it will be gone when I wake”. Those types of things. Instead of ingraining in your mind that you will absolutely suffer months of debilitating anxiety, change your thought processes to make a plan of how you will deal with the side effects, and not let your anxiety get the best of you.

    I truly hope you can go through with it Sunday but even if you can’t, keep trying. You’re taking some great steps towards life getting back to normal! Just stick with it.
    Hi glassgirlw, good to hear from you and I hope you are well. That was a really great post, and I appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences. Your comments about trying to re-frame the situation with positive self-talk is a really helpful observation and something I will definitely consider. Good on you for getting the vaccine and pushing past your fear of medications - that really is inspiring. I'm weirdly kind of looking forward to my appointment tomorrow now, despite being nervous, I just hope that I manage to get it done. Many thanks for your support and I really hope that by having had the vaccine it has given you a degree of security in being better protected against becoming very unwell with Covid, that must be a great feeling.

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