In the words of one of the first to be there.
On Jan. 19, 2021 I received my first of two vaccine shots at a nearby hospital clinic. Using transportation provided by the Senior facility where I reside, I arrived at 9:05 am for my 9:20am appointment. The driver dropped me off at a door marked in big letters “VACCINE ENTRANCE.” I was told that I would be picked up at a door marked “EXIT.” Simplicity personified.
I was greeted by a worker who asked if I had a respiratory illness. When I said, “no,” I was told to proceed. With no one in sight, I walked quickly following arrows and blue circles spaced 6 ft. apart. I entered a room with 15-20 providers seated at tables ready to administer the shot. Each table had a cooler. I had not known that both vaccines required refrigeration.
A card was filled out giving my name, DOB, and the name of the vaccine. I had come prepared by wearing a short-sleeve shirt under my sweater. Was it the skill of the administrator or the size of the needle, I do not know, but she beamed as I told her that it was the best shot that I had ever received. It felt like a mere pin prick.
I was told to wait 15 minutes to make sure I suffered no ill effects. During that time, I was assigned a date and time for my 2nd shot – 3 weeks later.
I was impressed with the efficient way the clinic was set up and run. Twenty-five minutes after I had entered the building, I walked toward the Exit to find my “magic carriage” awaiting.
That night as I prepared for bed, I noticed that my arm near the injection site was sore. While not painful, I did avoid sleeping on it. The next day I felt as tho’ someone had removed a plug and my “perk” had all drained out. I didn’t feel sick; I was just at a low ebb. I can’t stress enough that this effect was extremely mild. What did surprise me was that both the sore arm and the lack of energy continued a full five days. Overall, I’d say it was a minor inconvenience.
I’m told there will likely be a stronger reaction to the second shot. That doesn’t deter me. I’ve waited patiently for nearly a full year while abiding by all the “rules.” I’m anxiously awaiting Shot #2. I feel fortunate and blessed that our scientists were able to come up with a vaccine so quickly.
I hope you plan to get the vaccine as soon as you can with the desirable result of “Herd Immunity.”
Contributed by: Jo Lesher
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