I received my first dose of Moderna vaccine yesterday.
Iowa is a cold state in the winter and colder than normal right now. That means no drive up inoculations.
I arrived a few minutes early for my appointment not knowing what to expect. I walked into a large hospital hallway that was an impromptu waiting area.
There were signs telling us to sit down and wait until we were called. A nurse with a clipboard was holding a list of appointments. She announced that we should all have our identification and insurance cards ready.
When it was my turn she pointed me toward the door of another room. I entered. The woman there made copies of my information and handed it back to me.
I then took a couple of steps to the registration table. The woman handed me a couple of papers and a card. She told me to step into the next room and take a seat.
I sat there for maybe 3 minutes before the nurse called me into a cubicle and administered the shot. I did not feel the needle but I did feel the vaccine entering my arm. It stung for an instant then was over.
I was instructed to go back to the registration room and wait for 15 minutes. As I sat there I read a book that I am enjoying.
After 15 minutes and seeing that I did not fall out of my chair I was called to another table. I was given an appointment to return in 28 days to receive my second dose. I am to bring back the card given to me at the first table. When it is recorded that I received the second dose the card will be my record of vaccination.
I walked out, got in my car, and drove home. (After a quick stop for fast food.)
The whole thing took about 20 minutes.
I have had no side effects. My arm is not sore and I do not have an extra nose.
When you can get your doses please do it. I want everyone to stay safe and healthy.