Saturday, March 06, 2021
Getting my COVID vaccine shot was a lesson in patience and persistence. First, I went to the website and registered in mid-January. I was unable to get an appointment because my 65th birthday was later in the month.
Second, I called the 2-1-1 number and waited just a minute. It was just after my birthday in late January and was given an appointment on April 8th in Concord, NH. Friends who went there received the Maderna vaccine.
In early March, I called 2-1-1 when I heard that there would be a mass vaccination site at NH Speedway in Loudon, NH. They would be administering the Johnson & Johnson shot that we fondly call the "One and Done". I waited on hold for 55 minutes this time. I found out that the Speedway event was full. They were able to move my appointment to March 12th in Concord, and I was happy with that.
Yesterday, my husband went to get his vaccine in Keene, NH (March 5th), and I went with him. At this site, they were administering the Pfizer vaccine. I brought all my paperwork and they gave me the shot as well. The process was simple and well organized. The National Guard, nurses, and volunteers did an excellent job with hundreds of people passing through their Vaccine Site each day.
Now that I've received my first vaccination, my family might want me to visit with them. I feel really good about this. Patience and persistence have paid off for me. I still have to wait until April 6th for my second dose. According to the literature, my body will gain full immunity to the strains of COVID that I've been immunized against by the end of April.
My advice to anyone who wants to get vaccinated against COVID-19, be persistent!