By Lindi Urubusi, Local Service Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Compton Road learning disabilities service in London.

Day 1
I went to have my Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Royal Free Hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, I had to fill out a few forms about my medical history and to give consent. Don’t forget your ID as they will ask to see that before you fill out any forms.

After this, the doctor went through the forms with me and said he would answer any questions I have. He went through my medical history in detail. I spent about 10 minutes asking the doctor all the questions that staff in my team had been asking me.

One important point he made was that the reason most people have symptoms or side effects after having the vaccine, is because they already have Covid-19 (although they may not realise it) when they are given the vaccine.

After you have the vaccine, you go to a waiting area where you are observed for 15 minutes and book your next appointment. They also give you information on potential side effects and who to contact if you experience any side effects

Having the vaccine! It was very quick and was not painful. I’m taking the picture at the same time as having the vaccine so it can’t be painful!

This is me when I got home. Feeling ok, my arm was a bit sore, but I was able to move it ok.

Day 2
No swelling or pain. No fever or symptoms. I’m feeling good and back to normal. This is my arm just before I took the tape off.

Day 3
Going to work today and feeling okay. This is me on my way to work on a Monday morning. No side effects or pains. My arm is not hurting and I can move it fully.

Day 4
I woke up today with a headache, but I checked my temperature and it was 37.1, so I didn’t have any concerns about a fever. I took some paracetamol and the headache went.

Day 5
Nothing to report today. No side effects or symptoms at all. Feeling as normal.

In summary
Six days after I had the vaccine, I have no concerns about my health or reactions to the vaccine. I am pleased I had it. I feel the information discussed and shared with me at the time was sufficient, and I was given the opportunity to discuss any concerns I had. I didn’t experience any side effects, but if I had, I was told who to contact and how to report them. I’m now looking forward to getting my second dose and feeling even more protected.