My husband and I have been discussing the Covid 19 Vaccines for months. He has been all in, ready for the jab and ready to move forward. I have been saying positive things, but in the meantime reading every news story, and medical report about vaccine reactions and efficacy in great detail – for MONTHS. I will not share my thoughts about vaccines here, at the risk of being called a wack-tack, or infuencing someone else’s healthcare decisions! Let’s just say I have spent far too much time looking through the VAERS database (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), but maybe I should start some new hobbies. I will say, I think everyone needs to make their own decisions about vaccines if they can and I do get a kick out of anti-maskers and can’t help but notice that most seem to be always angry!
We may well have virus fatigue from staying home and masking up like the rest of the world, but at our age we decided to go for the vaccine, in hopes of getting out of the house, seeing our kids and getting on with life sooner. We are lucky to be in good health and be able to stay at home. So far so good.
Our region in Southern Ontario, is not considered a “hot-spot”, however, the province has entered yet into another “lockdown”. Everything is curb-side pickup and on-line purchasing only except for the essential needs – Groceries, Liquor? and Gardening supplies! While I am all in for Liquor and Gardening, I have to wonder what the logic was here!
The other day we debated about when we would be eligible to receive vaccines and were a little jealous of our American neighbours, and overseas friends in the UK for their aggressive vaccination programs. On the other hand, I kind of wanted to see how things went for these nations, before jumping into getting vaccinated ourselves – I’m not much of a trail blazer like most Canadians.
I also fretted about why we were going to be getting Astra Zeneca vaccines from the US, – Thank you, but did they not want them? and why?
Next we debated with each of our neighbours, as we discussed our ages and eligibility. Dog walking on our street is currently at an all time high, and there is a lot of across the yard discussion. We put ourselves on a regional vaccine waitlist, and just as we neighbours were comparing stories over the fence, we got our appointments for the next day.
What kind of vaccine would we get, what information did we need to bring? The day of the appointments, we both fretted about what to wear. Short sleeves to expose our shoulders? Did I actually throw out ALL of my short sleeved shirts?
This is how we realized we were getting old and had been at home for FAR TOO LONG. Like my mother not wanting to do anything the day before her hair appointment or getting into the traffic turn lane an hour before it’s time to turn – we waited a year for a vaccine, and the day of we spent hours scurrying about worrying about details – what details?….. just get on with it!
We decided to relax a bit and settled down, only to realize we needed to hurry to get to our appointments. As we got to the door, my husband went ahead for his appointment 25 minutes earlier, but noticed that I had lost my health card. Was I deliberately sabotaging my appointment? Nah, everything was fine.
Our appointments were in an enormous facility (an emptied out big box store), incredibly organized and efficient. It seemed like airport security, except that it actually worked well, and I didn’t get put into the body search line like I usually do at the airport (looking highly suspicious, with all the other granny types). I also didn’t get to go anywhere after, but oh well…… someday soon!
As my husband and I met up in the parking lot we both commented that it seemed like we were just in a scene from a sci fi movie. Was it the 1973 movie Soylent Green? Thousands of people herded efficiently through a facility and processed? Are we food now? or perhaps we’ve unknowingly been replaced by Alien Body Snatchers?
I don’t know what the world has coming next, but we feel relieved to have gotten our first vaccines out of the way (Moderna) and I hope they work. We had sore shoulders that evening, and I had kind of a weird stuffed up nose overnight, but we are all ready for whatever is next now.