Fibro Flares · The COVID files · whine and cheese

Day 402: I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot

It’s been a week since our provincial government decided to allow people ages 40-55 to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. I’ve seen selfies of one friend after another getting their first shot. Meanwhile, I’m on four (maybe five?) waiting lists for an appointment. We’re not in a hot spot, so I can’t just head over to those clinics; at this point I think I’m going to have to phone every pharmacy every morning until a spot becomes available.

Is this really the best we can do? There has got to be a more sensible way to distribute vaccines. Like, literally any other way. I’m having a hard time imagining a worse system.

I also wonder how many people there are like me—who aren’t bedridden or in a high-risk category—but still don’t have the stamina or strength to go stand in line for two hours outside an arena in hopes of getting one of the day’s coveted 1000 doses. I mean, I guess I could do it, but it would mean worse fibro symptoms for days afterwards with no guarantee of a shot. Doesn’t seem very practical, does it?


In good news, my legs hurt a lot less today and my energy was up. I can also proudly say that I got quite a lot of school done with the kids this afternoon and they actually produced some good writing work. I finished arranging the piano part for our new ensemble piece, and started teaching E how to read music. Vaccine annoyance notwithstanding, today was just fine.

2 thoughts on “Day 402: I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot

  1. yes. the process for getting signed up for a vaccine is horrendous, even in states where some counties have excess available and others are in shortages. Keep calling.

  2. Ugh, that sounds really annoying. One thing to consider: I have a friend who showed up at Walgreen’s about 15 minutes before the pharmacy closed and got a left-over shot (and then was automatically scheduled for the second shot). This happened on his first attempt – he didn’t spend hours waiting on multiple days or anything. But we’re in a big metropolitan area in the US, so it could be very different for you. I hope you are able to get a shot soon!

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