Two Shots

by wjw on March 19, 2021

So I am now officially Walter “Two-Shot” Williams.  I had my second Pfizer jab yesterday.

I must say New Mexico is doing this right— we’re the most vaccinated state in the country.  Having a governor with a degree in Public Health is a plus.

When I had my first shot, there was a long line of cars lined up to deliver their drivers to the Vaccination Station, and the cars were ushered through in pods, to be vaccinated more or less at the same time, then wait out the 15 minutes, and all without anyone having to leave the car.

This time there were no less than seven long lines of cars.  This resulted in having to wait a half-hour or so for my line to be called, but then once we started moving it all went well and quickly.  I listened to my audio book and drowsed through most of it.

I haven’t had any adverse symptoms, and haven’t felt any worse than I felt before the shot.  So I’m luckier than most, and will celebrate as soon as I can prudently do so.

I notice that New Mexico’s number of cases is creeping slowly upward.  Last week we’d got below 200 cases several days in a row, but now we’re over 200, with each day a slight advance over the last.  We’ve mostly opened up the state, and the predictable is happening.

So now it’s a race between the virus and the vaccine.  What are the odds?

John F. MacMichael March 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Glad to hear you got your second shot. I got my first (also the Pfizer) last week and am scheduled for the second on the 31st. Took my 92 year old mother out for her first at a drive thru set up out at the Portland airport yesterday. It took a while but, as I kept reminding myself, having Mom sitting in the car was much easier than trying to get her through a long line with her walker. I will say that all the people I have dealt with in person in the vaccination process have been very pleasant and helpful. Dealing with the online registration system however has been very annoying. Very poorly designed. When I think about the amount of money paid to the people who produced it, I grind my teeth.

Jerry March 20, 2021 at 5:58 pm

John F. MacMichael, I agree with you totally. Congrats on helping out your mom, and on getting yourself shot up! And as for the FUBARed online registration system, out here in Chicagoland our system is much the same – ultra-SNAFU! Why, I think that you have to go all the way back to the rollout of Obamacare to match it.

Jim Janney March 22, 2021 at 12:17 am

Got my one-and-only J&J shot on Wednesday. Other than the 101.5 degree fever the following day, the whole thing was pretty painless.

But tell us about the sheds! Do you do your writing in the sheds? Oh wait you said shots never mind…

mearsk March 22, 2021 at 11:57 am

Got the Johnson and Johnson shot on Saturday. Have had a knot on my arm since, but other than feeling blah, no real side effects. The place I got it at was doing 2000 shots that day and was a well oiled machine.

bookworm1398 March 22, 2021 at 6:58 pm

The data from Israel suggest the number of cases will keep going up for a while, but hospitalizations should keep dropping. So a draw?

Bruce Arthurs March 27, 2021 at 1:48 am

Hilde and I got our second shots yesterday. Aside from sore arms (and a very slight feeling of nausea for several hours on my part), no side-effects. We got the vaccine at the Gilbert-Chandler Community College drive-thru site, which involved a 100-mile round trip each time, but open slots were available there at the beginning of March, unlike the other big sites or the many pharmacy sites (which seem to NEVER have open slots).

The GCCC site was open air, in the college’s back parking lot, which made me concerned about the workers there once temperatures start rising into the 90s and 100s. News item earlier today, though, that a company called Dexcom is lending their nearby massive (500,000sq ft) distribution center for use as a vaccine site starting April 5 (replacing the GCCC site). So there will actually be INDOOR drive-thru vaccinations there!

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