This week my state expanded vaccine eligibility so I was able to make an appointment. Last night I got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I didn’t consciously choose Pfizer. It’s just what the place I was able to get an appointment at had available. It was a mass vaccination site, so the logistics of moving people through were pretty elaborate. But the shot itself was just your garden variety shot. If you’ve ever had a flu shot, it seemed about the same experience.
I will say I’m definitely feeling the flu like effects this morning, but at least so far they’re pretty mild, somewhat like a low grade hangover. I’ve heard that it’s typical to feel those effects either on the first or second dose. Since I’m feeling it on the first, it makes me wonder if the dry cough I had for about a month last year wasn’t a mild case of COVID. (It was never bad enough warrant testing and I was isolated the whole time.)
My second dose is scheduled for the end of the month.
I know a number of people who don’t plan to get the vaccine. It’s actually not an uncommon attitude down here in the south. In fact, one of the reasons Louisiana widened availability is that they were starting to see a substantial amount of slack in the appointment schedules. I think it was the right move. At least allow those of us who want it to get it and increase the percentage of the population who are protected.
A year ago I did a post urging my friends to take the virus seriously. Half a million US deaths later (2.6 million worldwide), I’m urging you to take the vaccine seriously. It’s all well and good for those of us concerned about the virus to get vaccinated. But if enough of the population doesn’t, the virus will continue to spread and mutate. No one knows how long the vaccines will provide protection, but my understanding is that it will almost certainly be briefer if large portions of the population stay unprotected.
And pervasive vaccination will protect those who, for medical reasons, can’t get vaccinated.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to being able to move around again in public without constantly having to be on guard, at least for (hopefully) this year.
Have you been vaccinated yet? If so, how were the side effects?