SoCS – My Covid Vaccine

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Yesterday we drove into another county and received our first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. It did not help my anxiety when I popped onto Facebook 15 minutes before we left to see a story about a woman who died just an hour after receiving the vaccine. Damn you Facebook!

I am normally not too excitable, but I am not above feeling anxiety about things outside of my control. That article set me off. It was rainy and foggy which only served to feel rather dreary which did nothing to quell my anxiety. I knew I would get the shot regardless, but for crying out loud, the unfettered FB feed is not helpful.

We received our injection at a pharmacy in a town 40 miles from here. We applied for the vaccination online. There were forms to fill out carefully asking about allergies, etc. I spoke with other friends who told me about how carefully they were monitored after the injection, especially those who had allergies. My expectations were high.

Then reality set in.

Appointments were scheduled 15 minutes apart. When we arrived we had to go inside. We were early and expected people who had appointments before and after would be there. There was no one in line. We had ‘double masked’ for the occasion which remarkably prevented my glasses from fogging up!

The woman who checked us in was less than friendly, talking about how short staffed they were. I handed her the paperwork we were told we had to bring. “I don’t need that” Their system still had my address in Florida even though I have not lived there for 5 years and had just updated the system a week earlier. I had to sign a form saying why I was eligible to receive the vaccine. She handed me my vaccine card and paperwork explaining possible side effects of the vaccine.

After hubby got signed in, the pharmacist called him into a room to get his vaccine. Five minutes later it was my turn. He said nothing about my paperwork, my allergies, nothing. He only asked me which arm I wanted the shot in. I asked him about the possible reactions. He asked if I had ever had a bad reaction to any other vaccine. My concerns were dismissed rather abruptly. I decided on my right arm. The shot was simple and painless. After the shot he said I was done.  I said “Should I be waiting 15 minutes before I leave?” He responded by telling me I could wait in the chair for 10 or 15 minutes if I wanted to.

Sitting in the chair in the pharmacy lobby was not appealing to me. We walked around the store for 15 minutes, purchased some surgical masks, then decided to head home. This experience definitely fell below my standards!

As we neared the road where we lived, we could see a multitude of flashing blue lights on the interstate on the mountain above where we live. A sure sign of another accident on the steep grade. It is not unusual for 18-wheelers to exceed the speed limit coming down the grade.

When we got in and showered, I checked for any news about the accident. A tractor trailer had indeed jack-knifed, causing a multi-vehicle collision. Two vehicles slid into the tractor trailer. Another tractor-trailer could not stop to avoid the collision and broke through the guard rail and fell over the embankment below the highway. The road was closed for almost nine hours, with who knows how many people stuck in their cars waiting for the accident to be cleared. I always count my blessings when things like this happen.

We opted for some scrambled eggs for dinner. After a couple of hours, my anxiety had subsided. I am thankful we were able to get the vaccine. This morning we removed ourselves from the waiting list in our county so someone else will be able to move up in the line.

My arm is sore this morning. Nothing at all unbearable. So, even after the less than stellar experience at the pharmacy, I am thankful to have received the vaccine.

46 thoughts on “SoCS – My Covid Vaccine”

  1. I’m glad you got the shot and avoided the accident. I try not to get angry with the people providing less than desirable customer service, but some make it hard. Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s good to read real stories and not just the ones that make the cut for the sensation-seeking news.

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    1. All in all, it was not unpleasant, but you are right. The sensationalism in the press does not give us a feeling of confidence. Everything is a measured risk and I felt like if I could do anything to help lessen the grip of this pandemic, I would do it. The thought of living like this for another year tips the scale for me.

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  2. My experience was completely different to yours. It was not only efficient, but pleasant too. I was advised to wait for 15 minutes in my car, as it was not deemed suitable for peope to sit in the waiting room. I waited for 10 minutes, felt fine, then drove home.
    We are now experiencing some ‘Vaccine Snobbery’ here, after the Astra-Zeneca vaccine was claimed to only be 65% efficient, against the Pfizer’s 80%. Walking Ollie, I chatted to another man walking his dog, who asked if I had received my jab. Then he wanted to know which vaccine. When I told him it was Astra-Zeneca, he seemed pleased. “Oh, I had the Pfizer in January, much better than the one you had”.
    It made me chuckle.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. There is a lot of comparison of the two available vaccines here, too, even though the efficacy is over 90% for both. In my book, any protection is better than no protection. I am glad you had a good experience. I think I was just too amped up. The injection did not hurt at all.

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  3. So glad you are now halfway there! Which vaccine did you get? Ours was Moderna.
    Hope no serious injuries happened as the result of that accident.

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  4. Maggie I get so angry with Facebook and all worry mongers! They spread so much baseless rubbish. It is unfair when good souls like you get unsettled by it all.
    My hubby had his injection last Monday, it was a very slick and quick affair, everyone very pleasant. It was only a ten minute walk from our house. He did have a sore throat for two days but is fine now.
    My invite arrived this morning I have booked on line first and second jab. My first is in 10days my second in May. I am sure you will be fine Maggie. I am rooting for you.. I hope everyone on the mountain is safe.💜💜

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    1. I am so glad your husband had a good experience. Ours was not bad, just frustrating. I suppose ai should have felt comforted by the fact that is seemed rather blaisé to the professionals. I am so glad you are scheduled for your injections as well.


  5. That has made me appreciate my Friday phone call from a doctor at my GP surgery, asking about allergies, followed by 10 minute walk to the surgery on Sunday afternoon, volunteers guiding everyone through the process and ten minutes in and out of the building. NHS doing a great job. No dramas on the way home, your mountainside accident sounds horrendous!

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  6. Damn you Facebook! I try not to scroll randomly, but still have to be careful. I hope you didn’t have further side effects. I was surprised to feel tired and achy for two days after moderna #1. Clearing my calendar for #2.. Cheers to strengthening our immune systems!

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    1. JoAnna, I just woke from an afternoon nap. I slept well last night, but I was really tired after lunch. Never considered it might have been the vaccine. I just chalked it up to old age! I am also planning for more impact after the second shot based on what others have experienced. I agree – let’s get our immune systems on point!

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    1. Debbie, I was so thankful to get an appointment. I suppose every decision is based on risk/reward and to me, this risk was easy to accept. After all was said and done, the shot did not hurt, and my arm was sore – that was it. I will post again after our second shot.


  7. Would this be at the Convenience, Value and Service pharmacy?

    Mary nd I are in no hurry to get the vaccine. Not totally against it, but there are otheres that need it more, even though being 65 in March moves me toward the front of the line. I don’t go out that much, anyway…

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    1. Ha, no it was the other one. The supplies here are slow in coming, so our state is pushing hard to use every vaccine available. If the prior week’s supply is not used, the Federal government evidently restricts the number we are eligible to receive the following week. They have done a good job of reaching those more vulnerable so far.

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  8. I’m glad you were able to get your shot. As for the pharmacy, I try to remember typically, they are always understaffed to begin with – so many people needing prescriptions filled and such. It doesn’t matter where I live…busy Southern California to small-town Central Oregon…every pharmacy has a longer line than I expect. All hours of the day. And I laughed when the news told us that our local pharmacies would be administering the shots…you are taking a facility that is already over-the-top busy and giving them a HUGE volume of shots to administer too. On top of the other workload and they may get an extra person or two to assist, but it’s not enough. So I try to keep that in mind, when their bedside manner isn’t stellar, they are just overwhelmed and tired. Glad you got home safely, I saw the news on the horrific TX pile-up of 100 vehicles and two semis hitting black ice. Scary stuff!

    Here’s my post on the challenge:

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    1. I suppose I could have been more understanding. All in all it was all without incident. I know I simply set my expectations too high. It was all well worth it.

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      1. I agree, the medical community – YES, compassion and offering advice should be at the top of the list. I’m sorry you didn’t get that care, and felt rushed out of there.

        I just fear the industry has set things up where there isn’t enough people to help – we put so much stress on those poor souls on the front lines. I have several nurse friends and they are overwhelmed. They want to be helpful, but are being pulled in so many directions. So I hope we get back to a norm where they can offer more time to help us when we are worried, have some anxiety. And, glad you got your shot!

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        1. The front line workers have been a godsend no doubt. I do not know if I could have done what they have been asked to do day in and day out. Bless your friends and all those working hard to get us into a better place and protect and care for those afflicted.

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  9. I am glad you got your shots and made it home safely as well. Eggs for dinner sound like just what the doctor ordered too.

    We got Moderna. Experience was awesome in hindsight. Nerve wracking while going through it. Geared up for shot #2 in March.


  10. Well, that was not a nice experience thanks to the personnel, there. It’s a shame that whenever there’s a problem, it can often be traced to behavior. I was vaccinated for the second time today and both experiences were polar opposite of yours. Super friendly périple who carefully explained every detail. I had no reaction after the first prick so I’ll be anxious to see if it’s different tomorrow. Bottom line is just as you say, be thankful we got it. 😉

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    1. We are very thankful. The soreness in my arm has passed so now I wait until we have the second injection mid-March. I am glad you were able to get the vaccine, and hope you do not experience in systems after your second shot.

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  11. Husband got vaccinated first, while picking up his meds at our main VA medical center. They had leftover doses and he was there at the right time.

    Because I’m a caregiver through a state program, I’m considered a “health care worker,” so imagine my surprise when I got an invite in my inbox! I was vaccinated next; my mother received her invite and vaccination this past week.

    They have set up “superstations” in our county. We went to Petco Park in San Diego. Everyone was pleasant to deal with. I made the nurse laugh when I asked her what the vaccine du jour was. (We all got Moderna.) I felt a little soreness in my shot arm and some stiffness in odd places, and husband had a funky aftertaste in his mouth, but that was it. Round 2 is coming early March for us.

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    1. It is so good to hear you were all able to get the vaccine, Victoria. I hope all goes well when you receive your second round. The soreness in my arm had subsided now and I feel back to normal. We will get our second shot mid-March.


  12. I am pleased y’all got your vaccines and appreciate real talk from someone I trust in the matter. There are bound to be good and bad stories, as with anything else. Relieved to know you didn’t have a terrible reaction.
    I am so glad you weren’t involved in the crash! Did you see the coverage on the Ft Worth crash last week? Heartbreaking.

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    1. Hi, Joey. We were so thankful to get the vaccine. Everything these days seems to carry some level of risk. We were determined to do our part to help get this thing under control.I saw the foOtage from Ft. Worth. So sad. We take the back roads as often as we can. These mountain highways are risky in good weather, and the truckers sometimes underestimate the risk.

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  13. Really relateble I just started my own travel blog and then covid hit and I could not travel anymore from my country. No travel planning for me at all 😦


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