A survey of 345 people, mostly women and mostly in the UK, found that two weeks or more after their first dose of vaccine, 93 felt slightly better and 18 felt normal again – a total of 32 percent reported improved long-term Covid symptoms.
In this survey by Gez Medinger, a London-based filmmaker who experienced post-Covid symptoms, 61 people, just under 18 percent, felt worse. Most of them reported only a slight decrease in their condition. Almost half – 172 people – said they didn’t feel any different.
Another survey by the Survivor Corps, a group of over 150,000 Covid survivors, found that on March 17, 225 out of 577 respondents reported some improvement, while 270 felt no change and 82 felt worse.
Jim Golen, 55, of Saginaw, Minnesota, believes some long-term Covid symptoms have worsened since he was vaccinated. Mr. Golen, a former hospice nurse who also has a small farm, has had months of trouble including blood clots in the lungs, chest pain, brain fog, insomnia, and shortness of breath with any exertion. At the end of last year, after seeing several doctors, “I finally felt better,” he said.
Since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in mid-January, his chest soreness and shortness of breath have returned with a vengeance, especially when he taxes himself on activities like collecting sap from the maple trees on his farm. Even so, Mr Golen said he was “very happy” to be vaccinated, stressing that the effects of Covid were worse and that it was crucial to prevent it from happening.