I got the COVID-19 vaccine and here’s how it went

Anisha Latchman
Story by Anisha Latchman and CBC Kids News • 2021-06-01 15:55

Pre-vaccine tips, the day of the shot and my post-vaccine experience


Guess what? I #JustGotVaccinated!

It feels like I’ve been waiting to get the vaccine for over a year.

Oh wait, it has been over a year! One very looooooooong year.

I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, on May 16.

Everyone’s vaccination experience is unique.

Overall, I had a positive experience, but it’s totally normal if yours is different from mine.

I documented my entire journey — from pre-vaccine tips to post-vaccine side-effects — in Instagram Reels.

Keep reading to learn about my journey to a #vaxxedgirlsummer and to watch the videos I made along the way!

Dealing with nerves

I wasn’t really nervous leading up to the vaccine.

That’s partly because I was focused on filming everything, and partly because I was looking forward to getting my vaccine so that life could get back to normal — or, at least, something close to normal!

I chose to get a vaccine because I want to protect myself and my family from the coronavirus.

Plus, I did my research.

Health Canada’s website says, “Vaccines are tested to make sure they’re safe and effective before being authorized for use in Canada.”

I also studied viruses in biology class, and I trust the science behind the vaccine.

But don’t take it from me! Do your own research and speak to your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

The jab

I know the thought of needles can be worrying for some kids.

So here are three tips I researched in case my nerves were getting the better of me:

I also took some inspiration from my fellow CBC Kids News contributor, Elijah Sandiford, on how to deal with fear or stress.

Click play to see how I dealt with my pre-shot jitters:

The day of the jab

“First dose, big deal!”

That’s pretty much all I remember the doctor saying before giving me the vaccine.

Here’s how the appointment went down:

I went to get the vaccine with my older brother, and it felt good to have a family member with me.

We showed up 10 minutes before our appointment and followed the floor markers to the screening area.

There, the worker asked us several questions about our health and contact info, and then we were directed to the vaccination area.

When I asked the doctor who gave me the vaccine if I could film it, he was so nice about it.

I think that definitely helped me stay calm when I got the shot.

My brother said he could hear us chatting from across the room.

Afterwards, my brother and I had to sit in a waiting room for 15 minutes to ensure we didn’t experience any side-effects.

I was surprised at how fast the whole process was! We were in and out of the clinic in less than 30 minutes.

Click play to see the moment I got the shot:

The day after

The night of the vaccine, my arm felt a little sore.

The next day, I experienced body chills and thought I had a mild fever. But it was only 37.4 C, which according to Ontario Health is normal. A fever is anything over 38 C.

Also, Health Canada says side effects are a normal reaction to the vaccine. It’s the body working hard to build immunity against the disease.

It’s important to note that the side-effects of the vaccine vary from person to person.

Where one kid might have the same symptoms I did, another kid might not have any.

To help with my sore arm, I did a lot of arm windmills, which is basically twirling your arm around in circles.

It can actually be lots of fun!

Click play to hear about my post-vaccine experience:

If you’re thinking about getting your vaccine, reading up on potential side-effects and how to book appointments in your province or territory might help.

As for me, I’m scheduled to receive my second — and final — dose of the COVID-19 vaccine four months from now.

Hey, wait now. That’s September ... my birthday month!

I’m most excited to know that the vaccine is one big step closer to seeing my friends in-person again — and ditching virtual school.

TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Images submitted by Anisha Latchman, graphic design by CBC

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About the Contributor

Anisha Latchman
Anisha Latchman
CBC Kids News Contributor
Anisha Latchman is a 17-year-old photographer and videographer from Mississauga, Ont. She can be found both behind and in front of the camera, acting in small video projects and delivering news on her high school's morning announcements team. When she isn't handling cameras, she also enjoys playing the ukulele, watching movies and travelling the world. In the future, Anisha hopes to study abroad, experience new cultures and pursue her passion for the creative arts.

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