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Moira Shepherd

First and Second Dose of AstraZeneca in 2021

First Dose of Moderna in 2021

First Dose of Pfizer on 10/17/2022

United Kingdom

58 yrs old

Q: Would you like to share your reason(s) for getting the vaccine?

I was scared of getting Covid.

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

I had no reactions to my 2 previous AstraZeneca vaccines.

I’d just recovered from severe side effects from my Moderna booster a year earlier. Everyone thought my prolonged weakness was due to an infected tooth. After my Moderna shot, I became very tired and gradually became weaker and weaker, until l was unable to do anything at all. I just lay there all day. The only thing that helped was seeing an amazing acupuncturist. No one knew what was wrong with me. A ‘virus’, ‘reaction to a tooth infection’, ‘CFS’.... Eventually l recovered after about 6 months.

11 months later, I had the Pfizer bivalent booster. I didn’t know I was about to enter the next level of hell.

5 days later, my legs gave way. I couldn’t get up the stairs. My husband had to help me to the toilet. I contacted 111 who made me an emergency appointment. They thought l might have Guillain-Barre syndrome. My husband practically carried me to the appointment. I also had blinding headaches. I was sent to A and E, where l was told ‘it was your choice to have the vaccine’. I was then sent home.

The next week I went through some of the worst experiences of my life. Total weakness, couldn’t breathe, horrific anxiety where I was cringing away from something, blinding headache, inability to tolerate light or noise. Loss of smell, nausea, crazy dreams, nose bleeds, severe eye pain, brain fog, memory loss, disassociation, crying, the list was endless. I spent 6 weeks lying in the dark with my eyes closed, I couldn’t look at phones or computers and still struggle with this now. I have to wear dark glasses inside.

My GP said she thought it was the vaccine, as I’d had 2 reactions within a week. But no one knew anything. OT came round and gave me a wheelchair. I’ve applied for disability, as l can’t do anything. Can’t walk further than about 20 yards, can’t do housework or cook. Can’t drive or leave the house alone. Hospital appointments are a nightmare. I’m waiting to see a neurologist, but it’s a 10 month wait. Vaccine injuries are akin to heresy. They aren’t discussed in the U.K., and any attempt to talk about them is shut down. Unfortunately, the cause has been taken up by prominent anti-vaxxers, so in my opinion, it makes it worse. There’s no care, support or awareness. The vaccine damage scheme in the U.K. is unfit for purpose and worse than the one set up in the third world.

I’d just retired and wanted to enjoy my life. I’ve been ill for 2 years because of Moderna and Pfizer.

Q: Tell us about any tests, diagnoses, and/or Medical Care received:

No one knows what’s wrong with me. I’ve had blood tests and brain scans, which were all clear.

Q: Where has your reaction been reported, and what was the response?

I reported everything on the Yellow card scheme, but heard nothing. I reported it on the Pfizer website, and they contacted my doctor about it, which is akin to liability in my eyes.

Q: Are there any treatments that have helped or hurt your health?

Acupuncture helps a bit, but is so expensive.

Q: Have you had Covid before?

I have. It was 10 days of stomach aches, nausea and headaches.

Q: What do you wish others knew?

These vaccines have destroyed my life. I have an ASD daughter still at school and can’t help her properly. As victims we are just left to rot.

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