I apologize if this photo brings negative feelings to anyone waiting for their own shot, but having posted for months on end about COVID-19, it would be really bizarre not to include the above picture.
I had a vax appointment today at 9:00 (made via the online health portal) and arrived around 9:05 (oops). There was a short line at the door and we were reminded to complete check-in online (via our system’s online health portal). Then there was a rather fast moving line and probably ~30 simultaneous vaccine stations! (Josh had said 50 but I think 30 is probably more accurate).
A quick verbal screening (nope, no allergies etc) and then they gave it to me. Then we waited 15 minutes in a holding area while we scheduled dose #2 (Jan 7th for me). And then – that was it!
I did feel a bit emotional as I got in the car. But mostly just very very lucky. I am honestly just so impressed at how quickly after roll out our institution got these doses and implemented such an efficient delivery system.
I know there are others in higher risk groups who are directly intubating COVID patients without clear vaccination dates on the horizon and that is understandably infuriating. If that is you, I hope that there are shots for you very very soon. I am patient facing — have been seeing almost all of my outpatients in person for the past ~4 months after a brief hiatus in summer at the height of our FL surge, and I never stopped seeing inpatients / hospital consults though I only do those things when I am on call. But I am definitely not the highest highest risk tier (by age or by profession) and I know that it can be frustrating to see an uneven rollout.
That said, I also know due to the cold storage chain needed, some of the ability to get the vaccine early is just based on logistics and luck. I am very grateful to have been in this early group along with all of the other patient-facing healthcare workers at our system and some neighboring ones.
Also grateful for the scientists who developed and tested the vaccines so quickly, for those who participated in the early trials.
SO! Hoping the trucks keep coming, and Moderna’s approval is very encouraging! Happy Friday. Cannot wait until we are all past this thing.