Pfizer # 1: FF8871
I’m 36 years old and have lived in New Zealand for the past few years. My passions have been travelling and also Martial arts as a hobby. I’ve done Jiujitsu and have trained in Thai boxing in Finland at Helsinki, and also in Thailand where I was training for 3 hours a day and was very physically fit. The only health issues in my history have been when I was 3 years old, it was suspected I had a small hole in my heart, and at that time I’d had an echocardiogram. It never impeded my growth, and I’d never had issues with school PE etc.
I have done seasonal and casual work while in New Zealand. I’d had a job in the Mussel industry in 2021 and when the season was ending, I applied for an on call stevedoring job at Port Tauranga. It was a mandated role (classified as a border worker) and I had a choice of withdrawing my job application and refusing the vaccine but I didn’t. The family I was living with at the time had been prioritised to have their vaccine early as they operated a shuttle bus for the airport. It had become an uncomfortable situation at home as I was reluctant to get the vaccine and was feeling pressured by them, plus more jobs were requiring it. I had my one Pfizer vaccine on the 9th of August 2021. I didn’t experience any immediate side effects.
On the third day post vaccine, the 12th of August 2021, I started having severe arrhythmia at night, with it occurring mostly between 3am – 6am each morning. I had palpitations and a high heart rate, and felt a fluttering and sharp pain and tightness in my chest. I’d thought it was just stress related, so didn’t worry initially, but it continued every night for 21 days in a row, then subsided from being daily, but still persisted.
My first shift at Port Tauranga was on the 13th of August. Active cases of covid had been reported at the port and ships couldn’t come in because of this. Sailors would normally have ship leave but were having to quarantine instead. The family I was living with became quite distressed and paranoid about me getting covid and passing it on to them and they became distant with me. I noticed I had shortness of breath when I was playing rugby with the grandchild of the people I was living with, he was in poor condition and normally easy to outrun, but I felt I could not get enough oxygen for running and was panting like an old dog and couldn’t catch up to him. I didn’t have heart pain when I was exercising, but it felt like something was hindering my running ability.
My brother (overseas) was hesitant about getting the vaccine himself, and a few weeks after the palpitations has started he shared with me that heart issues were happening to people after the vaccine. I wasn’t drinking any alcohol at that time (and don’t smoke or vape) and had cut out coffee to see if that was contributing to what I was experiencing, but it hadn’t change anything. I hadn’t done anything else different, so I realised it was probably from the vaccine.
What was happening with my heart was stressful, I’d not encountered this in my life and thought I was having a heart attack or something, so I went to A&E in Tauranga on the 1st September 2021. I was given an ECG and blood tests. They detected a subtle heart murmur. The doctor and nurse at the hospital laughed at me multiple times when I mentioned the vaccine and told me it was all in my head and I might have psychological problems and be having a panic attack OR, it was my thyroid playing up, causing the heart issues and murmur and she would send me to have thyroid tests to confirm. She said multiple times that ‘the vaccine is safe and effective’. I was discharged and in my notes it says under ‘Diagnosis’: “Unlikely vaccine related”. I went to the pathology lab the next day to have the thyroid and troponin tests, both came back normal.
Everyone around me was double vaccine and made fun of me for not having the second vaccine, telling me I was paranoid and that I was watching too many videos of disinformation.
The palpitations were still ongoing and consistent. The 5th of November was the final date to get the second vaccine to keep the job at the port, but as I wasn’t going to have it I left that one and found another job which didn’t have any mandate at the time.
On the first week of January, the new workplace told everyone they needed to have their first vaccine by the end of that week and by the end of January would have to have the second. I made the mistake of saying I had damage and from the first and never had the second, but they never followed up about it or asked for evidence of the second.
I had a GP visit in January still having the heart issues and had wanted an exemption from the second vaccine. He filed a vaccine harm report on my behalf with CARM and said I could possibly get the AstraZeneca vaccine for the second one, then shrugged his shoulders and said, “But you might get blood clots from it”. He referred me to a cardiologist, and I had the appointment on the 27th of January, where I’d discussed my heart issues which were continuing, and hoped to arrange an exemption. I was declined from an exemption because I didn’t meet the criteria. I felt backed into a corner after this and ended up booking a one way ticket to New Delhi, India on Emirates, as it was the only place I could go, and airline I could go on without being fully vaccinated. My friends thought I was being irrational and told me to calm down. I ended up cancelling the ticket and only lost $50.
I had covid in early March and reported my positive test to my work and my flatmates and I isolated for the week. I got a text message back on the same day I’d told work that said, “Thanks for passing covid on to half the staff here (and named others who had a positive test) Now no-one can work”. It wasn’t signed by a name, but it came from a phone number that work messages came through. I laughed it off, but everyone else got covid at that point.
In March 2022 after the covid isolation, I didn’t return to my old job and instead found a job at a kiwifruit packhouse which wasn’t mandated, I was lucky to find it. I was still having the heart issues. Between March and July, I’d have one week being completely fine, and then the next week being really bad with the symptoms just like I’d had in the beginning – one week on and one week off.
In April I had an Echocardiogram and a Holter monitor for 48 hours, which they picked up a slight cardiac event on the Holter monitor, but they were not concerned.
I saw the Cardiologist for follow up in May. He took me seriously and told me he’d seen vaccine induced Myocarditis in his patients and said it was possible to get myocarditis from the Pfizer vaccine and also from covid too. He referred to two previous young male patients, one vaccinated and one unvaccinated both with Myocarditis. He’d told me face-to-face that there was slight scar tissue on my heart, but because I hadn’t had the Holter monitor in the first 3 weeks it had happened, that he cannot tell whether the scarring is from when I was 3 years old (which I told him about), or whether it was from the vaccine (but he had not made any mention of scar tissue on my written report at all).
I asked him a question and to level with me – I said, “What happens if you give too many exemptions?, will you lose your job?”. He wiggled in his chair and said “Look, I’ve had 4 vaccines myself and it has saved many lives”, and then pretty much showed me the door.
I am still suffering with arrhythmia and a fluttering heart after 14 months of 1 Pfizer vaccine. It doesn’t happen every night anymore and I still have the ability to work, and I go to the gym, but not so regularly and I need to pace myself. Comparing now to before the vaccine, I now am panting and breathing more rapidly. I used to be able to do 80-120 burpees, but now if I do 30-40, I’m already exhausted. I feel it’s just damaged my heart in some way – I don’t have the same amount of energy that it used to.
This past week on both Monday and Tuesday, I woke with the heart fluttering again in the middle of the night. I’ve noticed that when I lie on my left shoulder it happens, and when I turn over it ceases but takes 5-10 minutes to do so, and If I’m lucky I can go to sleep again.
On top of the physical ailments, I found it was stressful hearing people ridicule me when I raised concerns about the safety of covid vaccines. The only people who listened to me were vaccine injured or people who refused the vaccine. It is hard to voice myself about vaccine injury when I am immediately labelled a consp1r@cy theorist or a looney.