OK, I changed my mind

Your never-humble scribe waits in line at the start of the process.

Just three days ago in the post titled Shots & stupid stimulus, I said I was not going to get the Kung Flu vaccine for a number of reasons. Just a few hours after proclaiming that, my child bride came home with the surprising news that the vaccine would arrive on the mountaintop the very next day.

Though I had mentioned to her a time or two that I doubted I would get the shot, I had not declared my resistance with emphasis. When I did state it with emphasis, she was not happy. She, like most people everywhere, is totally enslaved by the media hysteria, and the reason she had abandoned her pastry street sales over the past year was mostly because she feared being a virus conduit to the ole boy here at the Hacienda: me.

That amounted to a yearlong sacrifice she had made for me, so I folded like a warm tortilla. What’s the worse that could happen? A blow to my principles and what I considered common sense.

So on Tuesday, the first day, we drove the short distance to the sports complex where the vaccine is being administered to people over 60. It opened at 8 a.m., and we arrived at 9. And so did 10 million other old fogies. It was a mob scene of Biblical proportions. We turned around and came home. Later, maybe. Or not, I thought to myself.

In the afternoon, she drove downtown for her daily gossip with her sister. The route takes her by the sports complex, and she noticed there were fewer people. An hour later, about 5:30, she was making the return drive via the same route. The line was short. She parked the Nissan, and was through the vaccine process in about 90 minutes. We learned later that folks who arrived early in the morning were there four or five hours.

Moral: Do not go early.

A vaccine team heads down the aisle, jabbing left and right.

Yesterday, I drove there at 2:30. The line was moderate. First, you enter and sit at a table where someone checks your paperwork. Then you walk into a covered basketball stadium and sit in rows. A team of medical personnel comes down the aisle and poke, poke, poke, left and right. It’s quick, and I’ve never had a shot in my life that I noticed less.

Fast and painless.

We then sat and waited 30 minutes to see if anyone had an unpleasant reaction like falling over dead. No one did. The vaccine we got was Chinese, CanSino, and, perhaps best of all, it’s a one-shot dose. No booster required. I’m now glad I did it.

An hour and 20 minutes from arrival to departure.

A tip of the sombrero to the medical staff. They were fast, polite and professional.

24 thoughts on “OK, I changed my mind

  1. How does an old guy indicate to the planet that he is still living? He changes his mind. We should do it more often.

    Or, maybe it was just “Happy Wife, Happy Life.”

    Either way, saludos señor!


  2. I’m glad you changed your mind. We got the 2-shot Moderna a while back. It was a great relief. We have since returned to the way it used to be – took the family out to eat recently.


    1. John: Yeah, I’m glad I did it too now. You just recently went to a restaurant? Jeez, man. We returned to normal life as much as possible on May 10 of last year, and that sure included restaurants. I remain convinced that the primary way to get the Kung Flu is the way it is with most contagions, and that’s hugging and kissing someone with it, direct physical contact. That’s about the only thing we stopped doing over the past year. Otherwise, life was normal.


  3. I kept waiting for you to tell us it was all an April Fool’s joke; that in reality it was a placebo. Good for you. I look at it that it will do it’s best if everyone gets the shot. I did it mostly for my family and friends, so they could resume normality along with me.


    1. Phil: I almost inserted a sentence at the end that it was not an April Fool’s joke, but I didn’t. I never address April Fool’s Day. As you did it mostly for your family and friends, I did it for my wife. But now I’m actually glad that I got it done. And especially that I had no adverse reaction, at least so far.


    1. Marco: You are right. I can be a stubborn old cuss, but it’s easy to feel positive today since I’ve not had any bad reactions … yet.

      Knock on wood.


  4. Well, congratulations on getting the experimental m-RNA vaccine. I get it you got it in part to please the wife, and I would do the same. Thankfully, my wife has read enough about this vaccine not to want it. However, we may eventually have to get it if we want to travel again. Right now we’re not allowed to leave the country for the foreseeable future. I’ll just procrastinate when it comes to getting the jab and see how the first batch of guinea pigs fare. We’ve already had Covid, so perhaps that gives us a little immunity. It wasn’t fun, but we both thought H1N1 was worse. Good luck with your Sinovaccine. Perhaps it’s more suited to combat a Sinovirus.


    1. Brent: As I read the story I linked to elsewhere here on the comments, the Chinese vaccine is not one of the m-RNA versions. But whatever it is, that is what I received. As for having to get the vaccine to travel, I predict that when the pandemic blows over, and it will because all pandemics blow over, and the hysteria subsides, no one is going to insist on vaccines to travel. I could be wrong, of course, but I bet not.


  5. I got my first injection on the 15th of last month. I will go on Monday for the followup shot. I was given a little card and told to bring it back when I come for the next shot. They said “never lose it.”

    I guess I will stow it away with my shot record from the military.

    The whole process took about 25 minutes. Ten minutes for the shot, and then I had to wait fifteen minutes to see if there was a reaction.
    I sat there the whole fifteen minutes, but I noticed that when people saw that no one was monitoring this, they left.

    So far, no one has ever asked to see my shot record from the military. But the way the lady who said “never lose it” made me think that someone some time may ask to see it.

    My wife got her shot at the CVS pharmacy. She goes back on April 15th.

    We may be able to have Sunday dinner with the family again.


    1. Señor Gill: I suspect that until the hysteria dies down you may need the shot proof to travel on airlines and such, or maybe a negative test will do the trick. Since I don’t do airlines, I don’t know. I do Hondas — and long-distance buses on occasion but not since the pandemia began last year.

      Sounds like getting a shot up there is pretty easy. It’s a bit more complicated here. Sure glad my shot was the one-dose variety.


      1. Save that little piece of paper they gave you. You may need it to get back in the USA or get into the local Walmart.


        1. Señor Gill: I have it in the file cabinet, but I’m not going back to the U.S., and I doubt Walmart will be requiring it, at least not down here because we are less hysterical than you people.


  6. When the shot first became available, the VA called me and offered it to me. But my oncologist suggested that I wait until at least three weeks after my last chemo treatment.

    So, I did. Then I tried to get scheduled for the inoculation, but the VA has this impenetrable voice mail system. I couldn’t get through. There was a lot of information about the disease, but not a hint how to get scheduled for the shot.

    Finally, my wife stayed on hold for an eternity. She had me scheduled for about three days later. We are now both Pfizer people.


    1. Señor Gill: Ah, the VA at its best. Not to worry. The Biden Administration is all about the military. They’ll get that mess that Trump left in proper order in no time. Just wait and see.


        1. Marco: Yes, I’ve had a gander at he/her. And yes, you are doomed. Time to move south, amigo.

          He/her, during her/his confirmation hearing, refused to state that he/she opposed sex-change surgery for minors.


  7. My wife and I received our Pfizer shot March 11 in Tucson. We have since left there and are planning to get the second one in Ohio in May.

    I suspect this is going to be a yearly thing. Older people CANNOT get the same immune response as younger people. The coronavirus is related to the cold virus. I suspect immunity won’t last.


    1. Dave: I was delighted that we were given the one-shot vaccine. Over and done with. As for the possibility of its being yearly, I get the seasonal flu shot every year, so one more is no big deal, assuming it’s necessary.


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