Friday, February 12, 2021

I Have Been Shot!

 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.

23 comments:

  1. We have been signed up for weeks and weeks...no doses for anyone yet...well, not for ordinary elderly yet...I can't wait to get the vaccine.

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    1. Keep the faith. They seem to be catching up with deliveries.

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  2. We signed up online last night for appointments today. See my blog for details...,

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  3. We signed up online last night for appointments today. See my blog for details...,

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  4. Sorry for the double comment...apparently anything I say twice is true!

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  5. It's nice to have that first one behind you, isn't it? Next one coming right up. My husband and I will get our second shots later this month.

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  6. Good for you, Emma, and we also received the 1st (Moderna) vaccine this weekend with the 2nd set for March. Ours was a drive-up and we were vaccinated from our car seats. And, as you did told to remain for 15-20 minutes afterwards. Like yourself, we had no ill effects immediately afterwards or the next day. Hope the 2nd shot goes as well for yourself and us as we expect it will.

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    1. Lucky You. It must be super cold for the people giving the shots there too.

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  7. I just caught up on some previous posts and was sorry to read about your sister, but then happy to read about her improvement.

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  8. So glad that you survived the injection! My husband has an almost-fear of needles, so we'll find out tomorrow.

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    1. He will too. Your husband will be glad he did it. So will you.

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  9. Congratulations on getting the first dose of vaccine. We haven't got the vaccine here. Reportedly, it is our turn for the vaccine in March.
    I'm glad that the vaccine injection doesn't affect your body at all.
    Stay healthy .. stay safe there
    Regards

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    1. I hope you get vaccinated soon. I tried translating your blog into English again. It will translate the headlines but not the story. Your blog is pretty to look at though.

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  10. Congratulation, Emma! Here in Germany (where Biontec was the first to develop a vaccine) we have some chaos: thanks to the EU they did not order enough vaccine, so valuable time and protection is lost. Such a shame!

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    1. Chaos has been the story of a lot of the treatment for this disease. It has been a deadly shame.

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  11. Pleased all went well.
    Here in the UK our vaccination programme is going very well.

    All the best Jan

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  12. Can people choose what kind of vaccine they want?

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