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Adam Clarke, 22 yrs old

First Dose of Pfizer on 07/02/21

United Kingdom

22 yrs old

Q: What was your life like before you got the vaccine?

We were in lockdown off and on for a while, but I was living at my mum's with my sister. We would go on walks, and I would go skateboarding most days. We also went on holiday to Cornwall. I was pretty happy.

Q: Would you like to share your reasons for getting vaccinated?

I felt pressured a lot by society in general. I wanted to be able to travel, go out clubbing at university, and be allowed to do other things. I did also want to protect myself, and I definitely wasn't against it at all. I was a bit hesitant. My mum made me an appointment, and I put off having it done. She ended up calling me anti-vax, which made me feel a bit stupid, so I decided to go ahead and get it. I definitely regret my choice now.

Q: What was your reaction, symptoms, & timeline?

It started 2 weeks after my first dose. I felt extremely dizzy and unwell. Then my arms and legs went numb, starting in my hands and spreading upwards. I still had some feeling but barely 30% of normal. I also had vertigo, rapid heart, chest pains, tremors, dizziness, dissociative, seizures, extreme anxiety, fatigue, confusion. I basically thought I'd had some sort of stroke. My symptoms have varied over the course of 8 months now. I also developed some vision issues, including blurry vision, and seeing flashing green dots and flashes of white. At the moment, I am having heart issues. My heart races whenever I do any small activity, and I have shortness of breath.

Q: What is your life like now, after getting the vaccine?

I wake up most days at 1pm. I have really bad insomnia, and I usually finally fall asleep at 5am. I am mainly in bed at the moment. My mum works, so I am alone in the flat all day. I try and get up and do yoga or go for a walk, if my symptoms aren't too bad. I am mainly lying down, because I have really bad chest pains and shortness of breath, if I try to do anything too physical. I am constantly stressing out, because I develop new symptoms all the time and some of them feel really worrying.

Q: Share your experience with any medical care and any diagnoses you have received:

I have seen a private neurologist, a cardiologist, and a functional doctor. The neurologist diagnosed me with FND, and the cardiologist has diagnosed me with POTS. I have been to A and E about 5 times. Every time I go there, I just get told that I have anxiety, and doctors don't listen to any of my symptoms.

Q: Was your reaction reported, and what was the response?

I reported to the yellow card reporting system in the UK, and I had no response.

Q: Is there anything that has helped, and have your symptoms improved?

For me, nothing I have tried has really helped. I think getting a good amount of sleep makes a difference, and any time I can do exercise, it helps. The only thing that has really helped is time. It seems like there is a timeline of different symptoms. Some symptoms improve, and others change over time. I think in general, I have improved slightly over the 8 months.

Q: Have you had Covid before? What was your experience if so?

I haven't had covid before. I tested myself when my symptoms started, and I have never tested positive or had any symptoms.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

That you are not alone. There are a lot of people like us who, for whatever reason, these shots did not agree with in the slightest. If it gives you any hope, I thought I would never see any improvement, but these last couple weeks, I feel like I am getting better. Still nowhere near normal, but definitely better.


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Jul 14, 2022


Cat Parker
Cat Parker
Jun 19, 2022

Adam, I just want you to know you are not alone. As a fellow vaccine injured victim, I created a FB support group. If you need anything, please let me know. I hope to help as many people as I can just like us through support, resources, education, and anything else to help them through this journey with so many others that I am bringing together to support those like us. Sending prayers and hugs. Cat


This comment is take it or leave it ... when you body reacts to an infection or something it does not recognize you start depleting resources. You can get an elevated MCV (mean cell volume) as a sign of this and after a sustained period of time you will deplete B12 and Folic Acid. Then you will no longer be able to carry oxygen from undersized or irregular blood cells and you will feel fatigued. Now my neurologist 20 years ago at Leicester Royal Infirmary was a waste of space so I only went to my GP in the end and got him to do bloods and more precisely a B12 test. Then we found out I has pernicious anemia…


TheRealBrayo YT
TheRealBrayo YT
Apr 22, 2022

"She ended up calling me anti-vax"

your mother including many failed parents have blood on their hands.

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Indeed they do, but unfortunately they are not called out for this and made to feel like the scummy parents they are that do not deserve to have children. Here for example, a mother had her 5 year old son vaccinated and thr boy ended up in the ICU with heart issues. She was patted on the back by society and told what a brave and strong mother she is, that she's doing the right thing and this is none of her fault.

Last I heard she was going to get the rest of her kids vaccinated too. Just a "one in a million" thing, right? Now that one's out the way, the rest of her kids should be fine,…


"She ended up calling me anti-vax" - Look around the world. I can provide many examples where various health authorities make an "anti-vax" decision, and go against "the science".


In New Zealand, Australia and other nations, it has arguably been cast by most that anyone who does not want the Pfizer vaccine is an anti-vaxxer and it is not acceptable (1). To reject the Pfizer vaccine would also cast one as “anti-science”. Someone who accepts the Pfizer vaccine may typically claim “I believe in science” etc, basically insinuating that those who don’t accept the Pfizer vaccine don’t believe in science. Here is a reported example regarding Canada’s Prime Minister: Canadian Prime Minister blasted a convoy of truckers protesting vaccine…