Getting the Jabs

I haven’t written much about the Moderna jabs, the second of which I got almost two weeks ago.

While vaccine accessibility has been slow in some parts of Canada, initially owing to delays in shipments but also to what now seems like, from here anyway, a decided lack of organisation, in other parts it has been efficient and fast.

Some of this has been surprising. I work in the Northwest Territories, and we deal with enormous distances and a lot of the time, very scary weather where even the snowmen take shelter. If distribution can be streamlined here, then I would think it should be easier in places that don’t have to deal much with weather and distance.

As to the vaccine reaction, yes, I did get one. It lasted about 36 hours after my second shot, but it was eased by ibuprofen, lots of ice cream, really silly movies and naps. Basically, I felt like I had the flu. My husband, M, had a very minor reaction – he said that if he was still working, it wouldn’t have prevented him from going. Almost all of my employees, regardless of age, had reactions ranging from “what shot?” to “just let me crawl away and moan.” Everyone bounced back quickly though.

As far as I’m concerned, the reaction I had is loads better than getting coronavirus or inadvertently spreading it.

But, (there’s always one of these, right?) there’s been a lot of confusion around the Astra-Zeneca. That’s not surprising. This is a novel virus, and tons of data, on a world-wide level, keeps informing us of how this vaccine (and others) is functioning. When our patience for this pandemic is dropping by the micro-second, it’s hard to hang on to it while the research types keep trying to do their best to help us. We have to remember to do ours.

How is it in your area? Are you satisfied with the timeline and how the vaccine distribution has been organised?

And if you have had a shot or shots, how did you do? Any reaction? Or, are you at all concerned about getting the vaccine?

41 thoughts on “Getting the Jabs”

        1. I felt a real relief when I had my second shot, as if I had been holding my breath for a long time. I think I experienced a low level, constant fear that being vaccinated has (mostly) allowed me to give up. I imagine that knowing how tightly the virus has been managed in Australia must provide some sense of safety, too. I agree, some sort of normal would be a very good thing.

  1. Our vaccine rollout and distribution has been a little ahead of schedule. I’ve had my first with no reaction. I don’t know anyone who has had any issues other than a sore arm.

    1. Good to hear that it’s going well.
      I didn’t have a reaction to the first one, either, just a sore arm. Apparently the reaction to the second one is your immune system recognising the intruder (primed from the first shot) and telling it to get out. I did a lot of moaning, but I kept reminding myself that my immune system was doing its job. 🙂

  2. Vaccine rollout here was slow, with our Provincial Government continually blaming the feds for all the problems, including the weather. Due to the blame game, they were slow in developing the roll out groups and a list of underlying conditions that applied to scheduling. The first day the web site opened, it crashed in 20 minutes as the 75-84 year old group tried to book. On future rollouts, they staggered it by birth year. We booked through the pharmacy and were able to get our bookings for March 29th in under 2 minutes. We had to leave 3 weeks between our last shingles vaccine dose or we would have had our first jab by now. Now, we must wait 16 weeks for our 2nd dose, unless the U.S. has doses to spare after their swift campaign. Stay well Lynette. Allan

    1. Yes, I have heard the whinging from at least four of these premiers. The federal response wasn’t perfect, but certainly not as bad as they are trying to say it was. And now he is “hoist by his own petard.” I would say that it serves him right, but people’s lives are depending on how well he handles this. Then again, those so-called leaders all thought that allowing Christmas shopping while the case numbers soared would be a healthy thing to do. I kept wondering if there were kickbacks involved.

      You stay well, too.

  3. My state is frustrating me. Our governor is claiming equitable distribution across the state, but the most and biggest mass vaccination sites have all been in rural areas where too many people are still refusing to even wear masks let alone get a shot and not in the major metropolitan areas where people are begging for it or where there are higher density groups of those that are higher risk. Sadly, because of the lack of interest, there have been a couple of stories about vaccines going to waste because they sent too many to an area that didn’t really want them. Not only did those areas get more vaccine than wanted or needed, it was WAY more than what was warranted for the approved group they were supposed to be distributing to. Lots of people that really shouldn’t have been eligible yet got shots they shouldn’t have just so the vaccines didn’t got to waste (or more than they already did), all while people in other areas of the state are in one of the groups allowed to get it, but they can’t because there isn’t any available where they live yet. I’m not eligible yet and won’t be for a while at this rate. I brush the edges of the official “high risk” groups in a couple of areas without actually hitting any, so I’m in that very general “everyone else” grouping that will get their shots last. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for those that are high risk being at the front of the line and I was jumping for joy when a friend with a high risk daughter (wheel chair dependent, cerebral palsy and other health issues) was finally able to snag theirs (though they are in a different state). I just really dislike how poorly the distribution of this has gone, at least hear in my state.

    1. Oh TJ, I am so sorry to hear about the waste. That’s just so awful. We are seeing some just spectacular examples of poor organisation, distribution, and frankly, leadership. What’s amazing to me is how well the distribution is going in places with weaker infrastructure or supply lines. The leadership got on it, made it a priority and found help when needed. It’s the places that should be doing well that are just failing.

      Stay well and safe and I hope your jab(s) comes soon.

  4. My parents both received their vaccines, and it was timely. We haven’t had any delays here that I’m aware of. Glad you are through both of yours and feel more comfortable now.

    1. Good to hear, Lori. Some places are really handling this so much better than others. I am feeling better, thanks. The reaction didn’t last long (and I got to eat ice cream, guilt-free 🙂 ).

  5. Vermont has done really well distributing vaccine. The biggest issue is lack of vaccine to distribute.Very little has been wasted. 80% of those over 70 have at least one shot. I’m not one of them yet – I’m hoping for the J & J vaccine, as I don’t do well with needles, and don’t feel I need to pass out more than once! Also, I’m spending most of my time with my Mom, who’s in hospice care in Connecticut, and that state doesn’t want to vaccinate people from other states. I’m tested daily, to visit Mom. And I’m definitely limiting exposure, shopping little and in uncrowded stores, not doing anything not absolutely essential, as for now the essential thing is to spend time with Mom in her last weeks.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, but I’m also glad to hear that you’re able to be together with her. That’s not allowed here. A good friend of mine can’t help to take care of her handicapped sister because of virus concerns. It’s awful.

      Nice to hear that your state is doing a good job of distribution.

  6. Being in the UK, our distribution and vaccinating capacity have been quite staggering. A quarter of our population has already been vaccinated. I have had no symptoms after the vaccinations.

  7. Still waiting for the call or permission to call to make an appointment. I am not concerned about the vaccine and unlike many I make sure my innoculations are current.

  8. Partner got his first shot today, and I’m scheduled for my second this coming Wednesday. The distribution in Texas, overall, has been fumbling and erratic (no surprise), but our particular healthcare org (Baylor Scott White) has been terrific and efficient. I sense the biggest impediment for Texas will be the sizeable number of people who will refuse the vaccination, the same people who have refused to wear a mask since Day One…

    1. Be sure to stock up on ice cream (or your favourite I’m-sick, I-deserve-a-treat treat), locate the comfy pajamas and blankie, flag some silly movies on Netflix, and ensure there’s some ibuprofen. And if you don’t get a reaction, go ahead and enjoy the ice cream for being such a good boy. 🙂
      Good to hear that your health care outfit is a good one and that you will soon be well protected. 🙂

  9. As far as I know, the vaccine distribution has been decent here in Minnesota, but the county in which I live is facing an uptick in cases for some reason. I haven’t heard the why or wherefore, and no idea if it’s just a blip that will soon pass. My husband gets his second dose next week and the day can’t arrive soon enough!

    1. We have upticks occurring in various pockets all over the country. Most of the cases seem to be variants that the 20-39 age group is getting and are linked to areas that have been opening up really fast. We might be looking at lockdowns again. Glad to hear that distribution is going well and your husband’s second dose is coming soon!

      1. I think our timeline through this pandemic is looking more and more like a roller-coaster, but no where near as much fun. Here’s hoping the ride ends soon!

  10. We’re using a 12 week delay between injections here, Lynette. I had my first a while ago but won’t have my second until ome time mid April. The expert’s theory here is that, with limited manufacturing capacity and vast numbers of vaccines needed all over the world, we can protect more people by giving them the 1st jab, which gives up to 80% protection (a very good figure for any vaccine).
    As for reactions, I felt dreadful for about 6 hours on the night of the jab, but fine after that!

    1. The same is happening in some parts of this country, too, and for the same reasoning.
      Yes, dreadful is the right word! But it went away quickly and it was a whole lot better than getting covid.

  11. No vaccine hesitancy in this UK household. A short period of discomfort from the jab is much better than the possible life changing (or life losing) impact of getting Covid. I had the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and my reaction to it appears similar to how Moderna affected you – it felt like I had a bad dose of flu for 24 hours, then life returned to normal.

  12. wowzers, you’re already stabbed & jabbed! as of tomorrow (22nd) noon, my year-cohort will be allowed to phone for an appointment. I’m not expecting any great speed or ease in all of this. But you’re right, it’s better than getting, or spreading, the virus itself. On y va.

    1. Yes, we are close to the magical 75%. And the research is beginning to show that even those who become mildly infected after vaccination don’t greatly shed virus particles, which is the way coronavirus is transmitted. I hope it goes more smoothly than anticipated, Penny. Fingers crossed for you. Oui, je suis d’accord. On y va.

      1. For all my gloomy predictions, booking the appt by phone went slicker n’ a hound’s tooth, so I’m set for 31 March. Didn’t ask which vaccine, find I don’t much care; all OK.

  13. I live in a city, Pune India, which has the largest vaccine manufacturing facility in the world 😊
    All health workers and seniors (who have opted for vaccine) have received it!! Looking at the size of our country and the population it is pretty well managed.

    All my siblings and their spouses have got it, except me 😊

    I believe the world shall face another six months of tough time generally.

    All the best Lynette 😊🤗

    1. I am happy to hear that it’s going well, Ashok, and that your siblings and their spouses have been vaccinated. No vaccine for you? Or are you still waiting your turn?

      I agree that we are probably looking at another six months. I think that as more people are vaccinated, coronavirus will begin to slow down. Already the case numbers among our elders are starting to drop – a very hopeful sign. 🙂

      1. I have been generally against vaccines Lynette. It started with me and wife going through a course in natural living, way back in 2006. I had turned vegetarian in 1994 and after this course in 2006 I also turned an almost vegan 😊 I believe that body is a self healing and we need to increase our immunity.

        But this time I am open to it. I shall take my call one day. God always comes to my aid 🙏

        Astrological tough time would end this September. It is specifically bad time for Indian subcontinent. Let us hope and pray that the worst is over 🙏

  14. Really good news Lynette that you have completed your vaccination. This is a global endeavour so we all need to play our part. Ice cream is my favourite too… sounds lovely. Take care 🙂

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