As scheduled, my husband I received our first dose on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We got our shots at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Harborview is affiliated with the University of Washington (UW). Our second dose is scheduled for February 28th.
Harborview had a great set up. A small building has been set aside and the patient flow was well designed and the staffing top notch.
Our appointments were at 7:15 and 7:45 AM. We got there early, waited less than 5 minutes and were on our way by about 8:15. Even after stopping for bakery treats, we were home shortly after 9 AM. Amazing!
I think having UW as our medical provider was the ticket. I know others are scrambling. We have something like 1.7 million people currently eligible to be vaccinated in WA but are only receiving about 100,000 first doses per week. This is potentially a life-threatening supply and demand issue!
I am sure it is a source of great frustration that the vaccine access rules differ so widely across the country! My sister-in-law who winters in AZ is having a heck of a time finding appointments. It looks like the current age cut-off in AZ is 75, but I imagine there are lots of people wintering there who are 75+.
I barely slept the night before. As the RN who administered the vaccine said, ‘this is like a kid’s first trip to Disneyland’. I have no fear of shots; I was just anxious that they would cancel at the last minute due to the vaccine not being available.
So, my main side effect was fatigue. But I probably can’t blame that on the shot, but instead on my lack of sleep. I took 2 naps on Monday. I do have a slight sore arm, but it is no worse than I have experienced with any other vaccine.
The feds have set up a vaccine tracking system called v-safe. It is a vaccine health checker app that tracks any vaccine reactions or other issues in as real time as possible. It is voluntary, but we both joined up.
In the meantime, I hope you all know that Dr. Fauci (my idol) thinks double masking makes sense. Double masking means wearing a surgical mask for its filtering properties with a cloth mask over it for fit. Double masking is particularly important when social distancing isn’t possible, such as going to the store.
So 2x mask up and I will see you on Friday.