If there is anything that is worth a COVID 19-blogging update, it is this: I got my first dose of the COVID vaccine this week!
I had told you already that Jon had gotten his first vaccine a week and a half ago because he was deemed eligible through our primary care practice (which is part of a huge local medical center). The medical center has really done a great job keeping us informed about the vaccination process and changes to eligibility in the last few months, and I was thrilled when he received the message that he could make an appointment. He’s slightly higher risk because of some minor health issues, although according to the eligibility questionnaire that I filled out, he also didn’t meet the criteria yet. But hey, who am I to question the decision of our primary care practice when it comes to eligibility? If they want him to get vaccinated, I was all for it!
I had signed up through myturn.ca.gov, California’s vaccination coordination site, at the same time, expecting that I would be eligible to make an appointment after the 15th, when California is officially going to open up vaccines to everyone aged 16+.
So imagine my surprise, when I saw a message on Facebook on Tuesday morning that our local medical center/PCP was going to open up vaccine appointments to everyone aged 16+ nine days ahead of California’s schedule. I was wide awake on the spot. I immediately logged into my PCP online account, but couldn’t access the scheduling tool yet. Apparently, the systems hadn’t been updated (I get up early). So, I checked every 10 minutes until finally at 8 am, I was able to get in and schedule an appointment. And to my surprise and absolute elation, I was able to get a time slot for the same day. I couldn’t believe it.
Jon took me to the vaccine clinic in the afternoon. It was quite busy and I was so happy to see how many people had immediately jumped on the opportunity to get vaccinated. It was all very well organized and signing in, getting the shot, and scheduling second dose appointments ran like clockwork. I had an appointment at 3:50 pm and the needle hit my left arm right around that exact time. Impressive.
In case you guys were curious: I got the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and now – 72 hours later – I can report that I had only very minor side effects in the form of a sore upper arm (it was the same for Jon last week). That was it. I am anticipating a little stronger response of my immune systems for the second dose in three weeks, but bring it on. I am ready for it.
I am so beyond thankful that I’ve been able to schedule an appointment ahead of the schedule. Being deemed “too young, too healthy and non-essential” (ha!), I was expecting to have to wait for at least a few more weeks to even make an appointment. To get the opportunity to get the vaccine all of a sudden was really incredible. I am honestly still processing this.
Also, I was even more thrilled to see how many other people that I know were able to get vaccinated (some with the second dose already) this week. It feels like many places really got the ball rolling, and I can only hope this is just the beginning.
Have you been able to snatch an appointment yet? How did it make you feel? I am curious about your experience. And please leave me any questions in the comments.