At the mass vaccination site I went to Brooklyn, everyone I met was cheerful, patient, and reassuring, even my checking-out young lady who didn’t find me on the 3 o’clock appointments list. “Don’t worry,” he said confidently, “you’ll get vaccinated.”
At the next window, a young man from Nigeria checked my ID and Medicare card and found out what had happened. It turned out that I had inadvertently made a booking 3 AM The appointment was not open to realizing the site 24-7. Another “Don’t worry,” and I walked over to a young technician from Florida who painfully put a modern vaccine in my left hand.
I then sat in a holding tent for 15 minutes, making sure that I would not have any serious reactions. The next day I received a text: “Hi Jane, it’s time for your daily V-safe check-in” and A link to a CDC site He asked: How are you feeling today? (Good, fair, poor); Do you have fever today or fever? (Yes No); After symptomatic examination, at the injection site for pain, redness, swelling or itching and then usually chills, headaches, joint pain, muscle or body pain, fatigue or fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and rash Any other symptoms I wanted to report.
Finally, I was asked several overall health impact questions about my normal daily activities and ability to work and whether I needed to consult a health care professional. I received the same text at the same time for more than a week, and was also given a link if I had to send the report to the Vaccine Advance Event Reporting System.
The second dose, administered 34 days later, went on even more smoothly. By then I had spoken to dozens of people of different ages, who received both shots. Only two reported a bad reaction – fever, nausea, extreme fatigue – which lasted for a day or two. I was prepared for the worst, but it never happened. My arm, shoulder and neck hurt the first night, but the next morning most of the pain went away. Although my son was on call, I could not walk my dog, his help was not needed. I was also able to swim that afternoon.