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I Got A Shot

My county does some things correctly, despite being Republican dominated. Our elections are paper-based and readily auditable. Being a non-Republican in a very small precinct it is very easy for my me to see that my vote counted. You can track your absentee ballot on-line from mailing, to returned, to being counted.

It turns out that the local county Department of Health is just as professional. The problems with the local system are the lack of a predictable supply of vaccines from the state, and the lack of personnel. When they get the vaccines, they put them in arms, not storage.

Appointments are scheduled for half-hour blocks and large parking lots are used as the procedure is drive-through. Each vehicle can have up to four people in it. As you move through the parking lot people check your paperwork and tape a paper to your windshield indicating who is getting shot in the vehicle. There were four stations actually giving shots. One person gave the shot (with a needle so thin that it wasn’t as noticeable as a mosquito bite). Another collected your paperwork, and wrote the time you could leave the observation lot. I had to wait 30 minutes, while others only had to wait 15. After your time was up an EMT gave you your CDC immunization card indicating the vaccine used (Pfizer) and the lot number. You also receive your appointment for the second dose. If you had a bad reaction, there was an ambulance standing by.

After I got home I checked my temperature and it was up one degree. I had an “almost headache”, i.e. it wasn’t enough to get a Tylenol. I was tired, but not enough to take a nap. After a good night’s sleep the only effect was a stiff upper arm that was the site of the injection.

9 comments

1 hipparchia { 02.03.21 at 7:00 pm }

woo hoo! glad to hear it.

i had promised all the old people i know that i was going to run over them to be the first in line over here, but once the vaccine finally got here, my better nature prevailed and i’m letting everyone else go ahead of me.

2 Bryan { 02.04.21 at 7:45 pm }

I’ve been trying to get the older people I know to get an appointment, or give me the necessary information and I would get them an appointment. They aren’t showing much interest.

3 hipparchia { 02.06.21 at 10:01 am }

most of the older people i know have assured me they’re happy to fend me off with their canes or run over me with their wheelchairs, while at the same time asking me to help them with the computer sign up part 😈

not that i can blame foe either of those sentiments 😉

4 Bryan { 02.06.21 at 8:50 pm }

A lot of the people in my county are spending more than an hour on the phone only to be told that all of the slots have been filled while they were waiting in the queue. On the ‘Net everything was booked in 15 minutes.

People need to be able to pre-register and then get contacted when there are openings.

5 Badtux { 02.07.21 at 11:09 pm }

Good going on getting the shot. My health care provider, Kaiser Permanente, has about a million insured here. They are getting a whole 40,000 doses per week when they have the capcity to vaccinate significantly more per week. At this rate it’ll be next year before I can get vaccinated 🙁 .

6 Bryan { 02.08.21 at 7:47 pm }

The problem is that the average person doesn’t have a half dozen computers, two cell phones, and a tablet to sit on the the registration sites and get an appointment. People should be able to register and then get notified when they can have an appointment. One of the things that was going on was four people getting together and the first one who made it to the appointment desk got one appointment time for all four.

In my county, Walgreen’s and CVS drug stores got the contract and vaccines for assisted living facilities. Publix Supermarkets also got some vaccines but they are booked for months. There is no central registry.

7 Kryten42 { 02.09.21 at 4:20 am }

It’s a mess everywhere. Our Premier is the only one to extend the State of Emergency declaration to Dec. 2021! He’s such an optimist. Of course, all the RW lunatics & especially the Murdoch media are all labeling him “power hungry” (the irony is now at 15 on the 1-10 scale!)

None of the current Vaccines has proven very effective against the new strains. So back to the drawing board they go! And then C19 will just go “Hahaaaa suckers! Gotcha again! CHANGE!!” 😈😏😒

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1359072105564831744

OT: have you seen this bit of news regarding the Jan 6 terrorist attack?
https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1359057240724963332

If it turns out to be the case he was actively involved, then there will be others.

Annnnnd…. unsurprisingly… Our RAAF is having an “ooops!” moment over teh F-35. How unsurprising.🤷‍♂️😖

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/australia-s-f-35s-lessons-from-problematic-purchase

I posted a thread about it all (in comment below the main tweet):
https://twitter.com/RBJRON/status/1358593556571582464

Please take care all, stay smart and safe! (I know you are… But a hopeful reminder can’t hurt!)

Also

8 Kryten42 { 02.09.21 at 5:27 am }

Here! Just for fun… I think I shared this image with you in 2016… But I had the opportunity to use it gain recently! It got 360 likes & over 80 retweets so far… 😈🤭

https://twitter.com/Kryten_42/status/1356751465587462146

9 Bryan { 02.10.21 at 11:29 pm }

If the individual was actually employed by the FBI and had a security clearance, his employment and clearance are currently suspended. If he has a top secret clearance it means his job requires it, and the clearance is automatically suspended upon an arrest, ergo he can’t go to work.

I don’t understand why Australia went for the F-35. FA-18 Super Hornets are more suited to the RAAF flight envelop and if they wanted a newer aircraft they should have looked at the Eurofighter. I would think that a single engine aircraft would be too risky, even if it was reliable.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be tweaked rather quickly to provide a booster for the new variants if necessary. Lab testing shows that they provide some protection, so it won’t be starting from scratch. I get my second shot next Monday, so I’m feeling better about the situation.

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