At the Brooklyn Vaccine site I visited, all I met was a happy, patient, reassuring, even checking on a young woman who could not find me at the 3 p.m. meeting schedule. “Do not worry,” he said, “you will get the vaccine.”
In the next window, a young man from Nigeria checked my ID card և Medicare card և to find out what had happened. It turned out that I inadvertently fixed a 3 in the morning appointment, site unaware was open 24-7. Another “do not worry” և I moved from Florida to a young technician who injected the Moderna vaccine into my left thorax.
I sat in the tent for 15 minutes to make sure I didn’t have any serious reactions. The next day I received a note. “Hello Jane, it’s time for your secure daily registration,” և a link to the CDC website that asked: How do you feel today? (Good, fair, poor); Did you have a fever or a fever today? (Yes No); This is followed by a screening of symptoms, first for pain, redness, swelling or itching at the injection site, then generally for convulsions, headache, joint pain, muscle or body aches, fatigue or tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. any other symptoms I wanted to report.
Finally, I was asked a few health-related questions about my ability to work, my normal daily activities, and whether I should consult a health care professional. I received the same text at the same time each day for more than a week, and was referred to me if I wanted to report a vaccine adverse event to the reporting system.
The second dose, given 34 days later, passed even more smoothly. At that time, I spoke with dozens of other people of different ages who had received both shots. Only two reported bad reactions: fever, nausea, extreme tiredness, which lasted for a day or two. I was ready for the worst, but it never happened. My arm, shoulder and neck ached the first night, but most of the pain went away the next morning. Even though my son was calling, if I could not walk with my dog, I did not need his help. I could even swim that afternoon.