Yay! I got my first Covid vaccination!

I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I got the phone call asking if I wanted to move my appointment for my first Covid shot up from April 23 to February 12. I didn’t mind that the call came just a day before, when I was 311 miles away. I was overjoyed.

Besides, I had already planned to be back in Dover that day, I just had to be sure I got an early start and didn’t get delayed by weather or the like.

Better yet, it would eliminate the complications of one more trip later, likely after we’d sold the house.

Mine was the Moderna vaccine, and it went very smoothly. Yes, my shoulder was pretty painful that night, at least when I rolled over, as well as the next day. As for achiness, much could be blamed on all the packing and cleaning and a few runs to the city recycling center we were already doing. We’ll see how the second shot goes, though I am bracing myself.

The idea of being out from under that cloud by the beginning of April rather than early June is exhilarating. Here we’ve been under what one Friend who lives beside a lake in Connecticut calls Covid cabin fever, and I’ve been pretty much hunkered down through most of the duration, apart from the month-and-a-half I was a Census enumerator.

Still, there’s so much we don’t yet know. How long is it good for? What continuing precautions should we take? When will we all be able to move out and about freely, if ever?

How about you? Had the vaccination? Which one? How did it go?

16 thoughts on “Yay! I got my first Covid vaccination!

  1. Congratulations! I got my second (Pfizer) shot on Tuesday. What a great relief! Except for a slight headache and very slight aches. I missed my first noitice last month, and after eventually called the County Health Department and asked them what I should do, as my efforts to deal with my pharmacy just added to the frustration. Luckily…I just happened to call early on the day there was a clinic scheduled, and since I had missed my first shot and am 80+ I was scheduled that very day, Feb 2.

    My second shot was scheduled Feb 23, so I drove to the community college again and stood with hundreds of other old folks for about three hours. It was the same group of people who had had their first dose there. Each person was given a number, I was # 545. I assume that was my number of my shot. The enormous gym/indoor basketball etc. rooms were roped off to permit 6-foot distancing (more or less) and I estimated that the number of people ahead of me were about 300. (My old reporter hat was in my pocket with my mask, so my old brain thought it was like old home week counting crowds.:-)

    Any way, when we passed into what I’ll call the second-tier, there were 6 lines, which eventually got to the tables where a total of 12 nurses administered the actual shots. Twelve people…who worked in shifts doing the actual procedure…each took from about 3 to 10 minutes. (Based on various criteria involving sitting, removing sleeves, how chatty clients were, etc.)

    All in all, IMHO the clinic was very well done, and moved thousands of people. Everyone behaved themselves, no arguing or complaining. However…the main thing that surprised me was that there were more police officers than there were nurses giving the shots. Real cops. (That’s a whole different story.)

    It was worth it to me to go through the clinic-process and know that I can say “so far, so good.”

    1. You buried your lede, as we’d say. Cops were giving the shots? Err, let’s say vaccinations. That’s worth a story.
      Yours was a much bigger setup than mine. I was sent to a Walgreen’s pharmacy on a Friday night, just a few of us at a time.
      My wife, on the other hand, was sent to a drive-thru where National Guardsmen were doing the honors. Guess that’s not so different from cops, now that I think of it.
      Yes, so far, so good.
      Stay well and stay sassy.

      1. No…the cops weren’t actually giving shots LOL…they were just standing around looking for trouble…literally. Actually the were directing the traffic-flow in the buildings, explaining the paperwork, and generally hanging out or making themselves useful. The particular gang at the clinic did not appear particularly dangerous, but one never knows.
        Our Walgreens hasn’t had the vaccine. The one I missed was held in our fire station, and my daughter (a nurse) had hers in a parking garage in a different county.

        Yep, the National Guard has also been active in the prisons, taking temperatures., etc. I think it makes a lot of sense to employ the Guard in situations like this. EMT-A/ firefighters could also give vaccinations. (Remember back in New Orleans when the hurricane struck and the Louisiana National Guard was bogged down in Afghanistan…and they had to “borrow” troops from Mississippi or one of the other neighbors?)

        I think I’ll do a blog entry on the subject. I hesitate to expound in comment threads which I find more like stream-of-consciousness than as a structured

      2. You aren’t along there. It’s been a topic in our monthly “writers’ schmooze.” Everybody hates it. You can still use the classic version, though, if you use the posts listing and click on “new post” at the top of the page, which then gives you a choice.

      3. Sometimes I wonder if the techs that tinker with the Editor are even bloggers themselves. I realize the Classic Editor is still available, thank goodness. If it ain’t broke—don’t fix it!

      4. I recall the early days when computers still seemed like magic beings, and how exciting it was when the “tech” arrived to fix whatever needed. Wringing hands and respectful hushed voices. The 12-year-old tech swooped in and saved the day. (Well he or she wasn’t really 12, but not far off.)

      5. Thanks for the tip on the “new post” ! What got me was when I checked Support and find a multi-page treatise on using the box-things.

      6. I suspect that the block editor was intended to provide more flexibility for posting artwork than the classic platform allowed. What I keep finding is that it instead makes it more difficult to insert/design artwork within a text post.
        The upshot is that a year from now I’ll probably be posting more all-text entries and more all-photo entries, while moving away from ones that have both. We’ll see.
        A further consideration in my planning is an awareness that many followers read the posts on their smartphones rather than their laptop or pc — it is a different experience.

      7. Very good points. I always have posted either photo posts, or prose. Or poetry, which is a different posting/formatting task.
        I have some combo posts I’d like to do, explanations and discussion mixed in with photos.
        As a reader I prefer photo-essays without a lot of accompanying text, although I usually appreciate basic information about the subject. The gorgeous screen savers on the Microsoft sign-in page, tell me where and what it is., maybe info about the mechanics of the shot.

      8. Our governor (DeWine) keeps the state up to date on the situation, but he is the most boring person ever, so I usually fall asleep before he finishes talking. 🙂 I don’t give a flying fig where his grandchildren go to school…just five me the facts.

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