A resident of a nursing home gets an injection of the COVID-19 vaccine in Cologne, Germany. Photo: AP file
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Why do we get shots in the arm? It's all about the muscle

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By Libby Richards

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To get my first shot, two weeks ago, I had to go my city's convention centre, where about 30 nurses sat at little desks and took all of about two or three minutes to administer the jab. I know about muscles and their efficacy when it comes to accepting vaccinations, so I asked the nurse why they weren't jabbing people in the biggest muscle of the body (the butt, or gluteous maximus). She laughed and asked, 'Can you imagine all these people dropping their pants at once?" Truly, a good-humoured nurse!

Get your shots, people! And have a bit of fun while you're at it.

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In China you go into a little room with the tech, drop your drawers, and sit on a desk with your back to the tech, who proceeds to poke your posterior with a needle.

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I'm old school and was educated that any inoculation works wonders when applied on your buttock (fanny / bum / tush / rear / bottom / seat / bun / behind / backside)...if you will. And hold no worries moon-shinning in public.

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My first Pfizer shot--pain in the arm/shoulder after 7 hours, and arm/shoulder was basically immobile for a day, but not so painful. 2 days later, severe fatigue for about 48 hours, but no pain or discomfort. Totally manageable.

Second shot--slight pain arising three hours after the shot, but diminished after a few hours. No other side effects.

Get your shots. These are safer than taking aspirin.

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I encourage people to get their vaccines so that I don’t have see any more pictures and videos of people getting shots. That poor woman in the picture! Are they using an extra-thick needle?

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@AramaTaihenNoYouDidn't

Please note that British people should definitely not be vaccinated in the fanny.

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Get your shots, people! And have a bit of fun while you're at it.

I'm sure most people, including myself, want to get the shots. But we're living in Japan and we're being offered sweet fanny adams.

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No one should be forced / coerced into having the vaccination. So all those calls to get your shots... well keep it to yourself.

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After consulting with my cancer doctor we decided today to move forward and have the vaccination at our local hospital.

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I'm old school and was educated that any inoculation works wonders when applied on your buttock (fanny / bum / tush / rear / bottom / seat / bun / behind / backside)...if you will. And hold no worries moon-shinning in public.

What's interesting and the reason I read this article in the first place is that the rabies vaccine for humans administered after a rabid or suspected rabid animal bites you is supposedly most effective if given in the deltoids (upper arm) and much less effective if administered to the butt. That vaccine apparently creates a stronger immune response in the arm than it does in the posterior.

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Please note that British people should definitely not be vaccinated in the fanny.

Well, there is one injection appropriate for the fanny ^_^

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No one should be forced / coerced into having the vaccination. So all those calls to get your shots... well keep it to yourself.

Did you ever serve in the military or travel abroad to other than first world countries? Every hear of the "Yellow Card", or The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP)? Aside from the fact that military organizations pump members arms full of vaccines necessary to protect them when deployed abroad and the member has no choice in the matter, foreign travel has long required travelers to produce proof of having been vaccinated against certain diseases. You had to have an ICVP or no travel. No exceptions. That is still true in many nations today. Btw, the Moderna vaccine is a walk in the park compared to the Yellow Fever vaccine the Navy gave us.  You would see grown men receive the injection, walk a few steps and then their knees would buckle. My little boy has to produce proof he has received certain vaccinations on time or he is barred from school. It is not all about you. With rights come responsibilities and every one of us has a responsibility, an obligation, to be vaccinated so these diseases cannot run rampant through our nations. It is our duty to our country, our community and to our neighbors.

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Bruh? Cuz you don't want a sore ars.

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