We got our first Covid-19 shot and this is what happened

These days, it seems like getting the green light to have a Covid shot is kind of like winning the lottery. I can’t understand why since they say there are millions out there but that’s the way it is. Chuck was contacted by Northwestern Hospital (where our doctors are) to receive our shots on Friday at 10:45 am. We had no idea what to expect and were a little apprehensive.

When we arrived on the 3rd floor, it looked like a well planned military campaign. Signs and people directing you to all the right locations. There seemed to be someone every 6 feet, smiling and waving and moving people along. Eerily, it seemed a little too friendly–like we were all on the Titanic having a last drink. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the friendliness, as our nerves were already on edge just knowing we were getting a non-FDA, unapproved drug that only had 20,000 people in the clinical trials. But there we were, moving along like cattle to receive this, hopefully, viable vaccine that would protect us from one of the most deadly viruses known to man.

We both shuffled along following the signs before coming upon a huge room filled with dozens of nurses seated at stations…it looked like an assembly line in a high school gymnasium. My nurse was so sweet, she even asked if I wanted a selfie. And, on our way out, a doctor asked if we wanted him to take a photo of us together in front of the “vaccines here” sign. It was an amazing experience and the shot didn’t hurt at all. The next morning was another story.

Every patient was given a fact sheet and had to sign a waiver. The fact sheet said you might get the following symptoms: injection site pain, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, join pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site redness, nausea, feeling unwell, swollen lymph nodes. I woke up with pain in my right arm and hand, that was pretty intense. Remember this when they ask what arm you want the shot in, make sure to say your non-dominant one. I had asked my nurse if one arm was better than another and she said it’s about the same except for a little soreness. In my case, this wasn’t true. If I’d had the shot in my left arm, I wouldn’t be writing this now.

Other info listed in the fact sheet included the ingredients in the Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 vaccine: mRNA, lipids (4-hydroxybutl) azanediyl bis (hexane-6, 1-diyl) bis (2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethlene glycol)-2000]-N, N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1, 2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monbasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydate and sucrose. In other words, don’t attempt to make this at home.

Am I glad we got it? Yes. I’m especially happy Chuck got the vaccine having a compromised immune system due to the chemo he took for colon cancer. I guess time will tell if it was the right decision for both of us.

According to Block Club Chicago, Illinois has administered at least 756,444 vaccine doses of the 1,304,475 provided to it. More than 161,000 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans. The state reported 4,156 confirmed coronavirus cases during the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,120,528.

If you are interested in getting registered for the vaccine, here are some other options. I registered Chuck at as many of these as I could and, before the hospital called, I had an appointment for him at a Walmart on Diversey. You have to be very proactive in registering. Here’s the websites that I’m aware of, so far, and I’ll share any others that come to light.

Walmart (walmart.com/cp/1228302); Walgreens (walgreens.com/findcare/vacciniation/covid-19; Mariano’s, marianos.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine. I also heard CVS has the vaccine. If you want to take the shot, I hope this info helps.

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