I received the J&J vaccine and would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of global vaccine equity. Thank you @POTUS, the US central government and @USCongress.
1st noticeable side effect: arcs of shooting needle-like pain followed by significant arm soreness.
Side effects (continued): aches throughout the body radiating from the injection site; that tingling feeling of spiders crawling up the spine and nerve endings when one feels sick with infection (malaise); slight nausea; fatigue; a desire for chicken soup.
Side effects (contined): I slept longer than I have in a year. I feel slightly queasy and ache, but not enough to deter me from hard labor.

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