Three weeks ago, my son Alex and I went to the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center in North Adams for our first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine. Three weeks later, it was time for shot number-two. The parish center was hosting a vaccination clinic for both Pfizer doses on Thursday. Most people in attendance seemed to be there for their second dose, but there were several there to get their first dose of vaccine. 

The weather was a little ugly. On our way into the Parish Center we walked through some light rain, which was actually no big deal. This, after I complained for the entire drive over that I didn’t want to get wet. Coming out of the clinic and heading back to the car across the street was a different story. The sky had completely opened up and it was raining buckets. By the time we got into our car, we were soaked from head to toe. It was worth it of course.

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In two weeks, we will be considered “fully vaccinated.” The medical professional who administered my vaccine shot did however congratulate me for now being fully vaccinated. She then handed me back my vaccine card and a happy little “I Got Vaccinated” sticker. I thought briefly about putting it on my shirt and strutting about town like so many before me, but the idea quickly passed. 

 

Neato "I Got Vaccinated" sticker handed out at the clinic.

 

The big takeaways from the day were given through the vaccine workers who gave us our individual shots. I was told to take a picture of my vaccine record card, make a copy of it, and give a copy of it to my doctor. All good ideas. I suggest scanning it and making a pdf as well. My son was told to hydrate and to take Tylenol to beat back any fever symptoms. I know that seems like common sense, but I’m sure some people receiving the vaccine may not have thought of that simple thing. 

Likely we will have to get a booster shot down the road, but with any luck that will be in the doctor's office instead of at a mass clinic.  

It does feel good to finally be vaccinated.  

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