Reply To: Covid 19 Vaccine

August 18, 2021 at 2:20 pm

I am new to this forum, so hello (and thanks). I am a 54YO male.  I had a modest case of GBS resulting from a Tdap booster vaccine in 2013; no paralysis, but a few days in the hospital and IVIG treatment.  Never fully recovered 100% functionality, but I was getting too old for pick-up basketball anyway.  No issues with running, weights, golf, etc., so no complaints.  I have not yet received the COVID vaccine.  The rest of my family has been vaccinated.  I have made a couple vaccine appointments, but canceled them out of fear of getting GBS from the shot.  I live in Vermont USA, which has very high community vaccination rates.  I work in an environment with my own office.  I tend to limit my outside activities, but I still do go out to dinners occasionally, grocery store, etc.  My primary care physician has not proven very helpful in giving me any meaningful advice as to whether (or not) I should get the vaccine.  The knee-jerk reaction is that I should get vaccinated in order to help society; not exactly the advice I want from my own physician (who is supposed to be looking out for me).  So, here I am, on this forum.  I have seen the small number of posts from people who have opted to get (or not get) the COVID vaccine.   I remain on the fence, and am looking for additional thoughts from folks on this forum—- did you get the vaccine?  How did you weigh the risk/reward?  Do you know of others like us who aren’t getting the vaccine?  Did you have any reaction to the vaccine?