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Woo hoo! Vaccinated!

Yup! I got it, despite not actually qualifying for it yet.

See, where we live, the vaccine is being distributed based on a phased plan. It started with the elderly and healthcare workers, then expanded from there. The most recent phase was "adults 45 and older with pre-existing conditions". My husband qualified for that and got his first Pfizer shot about three weeks ago, and gets the second next week. I, however, didn't qualify. Despite being older than him and having multiple pre-existing conditions, I don't have the right pre-existing conditions. So, I was relegated to wait until the next phase later this month, which is "everyone". I suppose I should be happy to lumped in with all the twenty-somethings at work.

However, it turns out that the COO at our company has a wife who's the manager at a local pharmacy, and they often have a few extra vaccines, so she's offering them to us, one or two at a time. My husband happened to be in the manager's meeting where they were discussing this and secured one for me. Thus, I got my one and only jab (I got the J&J vaccine) this afternoon.

It's funny that my husband is actually more excited for this than I am. All through this, he's been concerned more for my health than his own (which is why he does all the grocery shopping, to keep me away from people), and he was so happy I was finally getting the vaccine, he was dancing around the house all day.

This really isn't going to change our lives much. We'll still be trying to work remotely if they'll let us (which of course is exactly opposite of our COO's intent - he wants us all vaccinated so he can reopen the office and have us all work on-site), and it's not like we used to go out much before this all started anyway. However, it'll be nice to have the option to leave the house. No, neither of us feel perfectly safe going out even with the vaccine and we do not intend to actually go anywhere other than the grocery store until this is truly all over with, but it's nice to have the protection.



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Apr. 13th, 2021 09:19 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! They just pulled the J&J for a less than 1 in a million possible side effect. 6 women between 18 and 45 got clots that weren’t treatable by normal methods. That’s not to say the vaccine caused it, but they want to be cautious. That age group might also be on oral contraceptives, which also have clotting as a possible side effect. Keep an eye out, though. You might want to sign up with vsafe.com through the CDC to track any reactions.

I got the Moderna, also didn’t have the “right” comorbidities, but my place of work coordinated with a community based group to get everyone vaccinated.

My eldest son got the J&J and it knocked him for a loop for a day or two, but now he’s fine. He’s proud to have received that one because his company is working with them and Merck to get their production moving. He’s a robotics mechanical engineer, and they are having difficulty.
Apr. 15th, 2021 04:32 am (UTC)
Yup! I heard about that. About four hours after I got the shot, my husband came up to me and said, "I don't want you to worry, but..." I'm not worried - a 1 in a million possibility means that if every person in the country got the J&J vaccine, less than 350 people would have this complication. Pretty good odds. Also, I'm not the paranoid one - he is. :)

It did knock me on my butt for a day as well - spent all yesterday sleeping - but all good now, except for the lingering bruise-ish pain at the injection site.

Glad to hear that you and your family have been able to get yours! And grats and many thanks to your son for his work on all this!
Apr. 16th, 2021 04:11 am (UTC)
He also worked with Abbott Labs at the beginning of all this to help with setup for their testing kits. Amusing because his dad took him there when he was a kid to see the drug manufacturing robots...stuck with him all these years!
Apr. 18th, 2021 07:31 am (UTC)
This is absolute perfection! I am so damned happy you got the jab and I don't even care how. Having an in works for me! So, so glad and I am keeping my fingers crossed that you can both breathe that sigh of relief and soon!

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