First of all, I am not for or against the Covid vaccination. I feel it is a personal choice. After careful consideration, I decided to get the vaccination. I am simply sharing my experience.
Signing up to get the vaccination was quick and easy. Our health department posted on Facebook. I clicked a link, filled out a form, chose what time I wanted to go, and that was it. I received an email confirmation shortly after. The only thing left to do was wait for the day to come.
I was a bit nervous about getting the first dose, not knowing if I would experience side effects. That needle also looked pretty dang long when I watched people get it on the news.
The clinic was set up at a local school in their gymnasium. I was impressed by the well-implemented process. The National Guard was there, spread throughout the room, definitely making their presence known. As I walked in, the door was clearly labeled entrance and exit, including yellow tape to keep people flowing in the right direction. Those in line kept a six-foot distance between each other and people wore masks.
The first stop was to get a temperature check and let them know who I was so my name could be checked off of the list. Then I filtered into the gym where I went to one of several tables to fill out paperwork and receive information about the Covid Vaccination.
Leaving the table, I stepped into another line to wait for the next stop. This included a line of volunteers, each at a computer. They asked a few questions, took insurance information, etc.
From there, I went to a waiting section. The chairs were all distanced from each other. My name was called quite quickly and I headed to one of the nurse’s tables.
The nurse looked over my paperwork, asked a couple of questions, then gave me my shot. I was handed a vaccination card and sent to a table where I handed the volunteer my card. He marked the time, as I had to wait fifteen minutes to make sure I didn’t have a reaction. Again, these chairs were distanced. When my name was called, I picked up my card to keep and was out the door.
The second dose of the Mederma Covid vaccination was the same, except the National Guard wasn’t present. The clinic ran just as smoothly as the first time.
The only issue I had from the first dose was a sore arm for a couple of days. The second dose was a bit different. I had a sore arm, as well as several other minor side effects.
That night I got the chills. The following day I didn’t feel well all day. I had a headache, not a horrible one, but there nonetheless. My stomach wasn’t nauseated but didn’t feel quite right. I could still eat without any issues. I had a period of time where I was uncomfortably sweaty. I didn’t take my temperature so I am unsure if I had a fever. I was tired and achy, even throughout that night. I couldn’t get comfortable in my bed. I just felt off all day. The next day, I was back to normal except for a sore arm and a small headache.
Am I glad I did it? I think so. I agree with some points on both sides of this argument, as I usually do. For myself, I wanted to lessen the chance of developing Covid while helping keep others safe. I also have the fear that I won’t be able to do activities, like going to concerts, without the vaccine. I am not saying this will definitely happen, but it is something I considered as I made my decision.
UPDATE: Since writing this the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been halted due to blood clotting issues in six women. I am relieved that I didn’t get this as I had a major DVT a few years ago. The clot went from above my ankle to above my belly button. A week in hospitals and two procedures cleaned the clot out and a stent was put in. I would’ve been a bit freaked out if I had gotten the J & J vaccine, waiting for a clot, even though it wouldn’t have been likely.