First off, Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need the most. - Irish blessing.
You're being treated/bombarded with a mid-week post because I'm too excited to wait until the weekend to share this news. I got my Covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday!!!! It was unexpected, I truly thought I'd have to wait for the opportunity until April sometime. But with the vaccine not recommended for over 65's*, our province opened it up for 60-64. Here in the city, the health authority opened a drive-in clinic, on a first come first serve basis. On Monday, it was only for 64 years old, but as time went on, they lowered it until the entire age group could attend. I got a news alert around 11:30 a.m., quickly got ready to go and headed across the city.
I was in fairly lengthy line-up by 11:50 and received my dose about 3 p.m. After the shot there was a 15 minute wait in the parking lot to ensure I didn't have an adverse reaction - I didn't. I never had to park in the line-up, as the vehicles kept moving but the loop took us through and around the parking lot, past various buildings and then a couple of switchbacks before we reached the building where the vaccines were being administered. I'm pretty sure I've seen every square inch of the property.There was sign here that said 90 minute wait from this point in the picture on the left. Note the porta-potties! But it only took 10 minutes to make it to the next sign that read 60 minute wait. It did take close to an hour between the first sign and when I reached the building. Inside there were six lanes set up, with three stations in each row for the vehicles. When it was my turn, I pulled up in the lane, gave the nurse my health card, answered a few questions, and waited for the jab. It was over in mere minutes and I was on my way to the parking lot for the brief stop before heading home.
I waited to post this until morning, in case I had any kind of reaction. There was no immediate reaction, in fact that evening I couldn't tell you where exactly in my arm I got the shot. It wasn't the least bit sore. This morning, if I push on my arm I can find a little tenderness but that's it. I'm one of the lucky ones as I know there have been others who haven't had it as easy.
I was excited when I got my vaccine yesterday, and as I told the nurse, I think it's because there seems to finally be an end in sight to this pandemic. While things won't change immediately or even in a few months, and I certainly won't be giving on masking, social distancing, and washing my hands a lot, the potential for a shift back to more "normal" times is there. It all adds up to a real sense of relief.
What a blessing! For those who haven't yet had the chance to be vaccinated, I hope it's available to you soon.
*An announcement by the NACI - National Advisory Committee on Immunization yesterday that the vaccine is now approved for those over 65 here in Canada.