Date: May 04, 2021 03:29PM
Yay. Way to go, especially when you don't like needles.
Your country is far ahead of us here in Canada in terms of % vaccinated. Our main issue has been vaccine supply. Our PM is taking a lot of heat for that. We had agreements signed with various suppliers but delivery has been delayed. I just read this a.m. about the Blackfeet Nation sharing some of theirs with Canadians in Alberta (which is a province hard-hit by the virus; many aren't buying in to prevention measures and, in fact, some have recently held a rodeo, as well as other large-gathering events, making their spread exponentially worse).
I was so fortunate to get my first shot in April. It was as you say with the injection. I did have a bit of a sore arm/shoulder for a few days but small price to pay for the anticipated result. To cope with the less-than-adequate supply of vaccine, our health authorities decided to stretch out the time between doses. We have to wait four months (not four weeks) to receive a second dose. That is the outer edge of the time recommended by manufacturers, which causes me some concern. So by mid-August I will have received both shots. Meanwhile, they say, the first dose can achieve up to 95% immunity (two weeks following the first vaccine). Still, we observe all the same precautions, just to be sure, and also to ensure we don't unwittingly "shed" and potentially infect others.
I've mentioned before that I've always been interested in epidemics (i.e. black plague, Spanish flu). I wasn't too interested in living through one though. It's been challenging. (Understatement). Scary too. I have even more sympathy for all those who suffered mightily in previous ages where their standard of care was far below ours, as well as the general medical knowledge and available treatments being sub par at that time. The plague especially has always fascinated yet appalled me. The scenes in some countries now are reminiscent of that appalling time (India, for instance).
No matter what's going on, I count my blessings every day, for sure. My main reaction to any negative these days is it could always be worse. That does actually help me not to whine too much and to focus on others even more.
My sister found out recently that her workplace has two confirmed cases. Obviously, scary news for her and all of us. We used to see each other at least weekly but due to high risk we are staying apart, which makes me sad. Thanks to Alexander Graham Bell & al, we can still be in daily touch. I keep saying "be careful, be very careful" but I think it's largely a matter of luck in addition to preventive measures. I can't wait for this horrific thing to be done with.
Thanks for your encouraging message, Tevai. I hope it helps some to overcome apprehension and even reluctance and go get their vaccine. We often consider "modern medicine" to be miraculous. But for this pitiless virus, we need large-scale buy-in to help not only ourselves but all those with whom we come into contact so we can wrestle this thing to the ground and get back to life as we used to know it. Any time now would suit me fine.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/04/2021 03:32PM by Nightingale.