Mayor opens up about ‘traumatic’ vaccine reaction
Bedridden for more than 35 days
By Emily Consenza 24 January 2022 The Australian Newspaper
A local mayor has told of her “traumatic” experience, being bedridden for more than 35 days, after a reaction to her second Covid-19 vaccination.
Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan took to social media last week, detailing “the new normal” in her life, receiving breakfast in bed because she was too unwell.
She said she had spent more than 35 days in bed, as well as going in and out of hospital after experiencing an immune reaction from her second jab.
“I have had every symptom you could dream of and my body continues to display new ones,” Ms Boan’s post read.
“It’s been exhausting for my body, traumatic for my family, and difficult for my mind.
“Last night, I couldn’t put my kids to bed or check on them as they slept at night, and I haven’t done that for over a month, either.”
Despite being ill and having no certainty as to when she could play with her kids, cook dinner or spend time in her garden again, Ms Boan encouraged everyone to be kind, show empathy and be the best version of themselves.
Hundreds of people commented on the post, sending well wishes.
“It’s inspiring to hear you still come from a place of hope and kindness after/during an ordeal as great as this one,” one person wrote.
“Sorry to hear about your reaction to the vaccine. Sending you our love and prayers. Hope you recover soon,” another said.
“Thank you for sharing this, we are all in this together and supporting each other is pivotal,” a third posted.
A Port Adelaide Enfield spokesperson told NCA NewsWire Ms Boan or the council would make no further comments.
A SA Health spokesperson said getting vaccinated was the best way to protect a person and the community, and the benefits of the vaccines far outweighed the “potential very rare” side effects.
“Like any vaccine, recipients may experience minor side effects following vaccination, with the overwhelming majority of these being mild and lasting no more than a couple of days,” they said. [35 days is MORE than a “couple of days” lol]
“Now that there is a higher incident rate of Covid-19 in the community, it is more important than ever to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or book in for your booster shot.”
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is closely monitoring reports of side effects and acknowledges, like all medicines, Covid vaccines can cause some side effects.
Of the more than 46,000,000 doses administers across the country, 102,133 reports of side effects have been made.
Anyone with concerns about the vaccines is encouraged to speak with their healthcare professional for advice with regard to your particular situation.
Original article here
Note: Some people could claim on their Income Protection Insurance policies in this situation.