Just over a week ago I received my second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine, and I realize how fortunate I am to have received it already.
Each of the 50 states here in the U.S. sets its own guidelines as to who can receive the vaccine. Vaccine supplies are limited, and my state is administering to healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, adults aged 65 and older and their caregivers, and law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders. Even so, I know many people over the age of 65 who are having a very difficult time getting an appointment to receive their first dose, let alone their second dose.
In a way, I lucked out. I had a routine doctor appointment in January, and before the appointment I phoned to ask if they were administering the vaccine and if I could receive my first dose at the time of my appointment. They said they did have the vaccine but that I could not get it at my appointment time, and that they would put me on a waiting list. Within two days, they had called back and scheduled me for the first dose. Then on Friday February 12, I had the second dose.
And yes, I had side effects after that second dose: severe chills, headache, rather severe body aches, and fever. Those effects were the worst on the afternoon of the day I received my second dose and on the following day, but they tapered off after that.
My 92-year-old father and my sister who live about 30 miles away were able to receive their vaccines (Pfizer) at the county health department where they live, but only after my sister was pro-active about getting that scheduled.
Availability now seems to be getting better as more vaccination sites are being set up, but I know people in their 70s and 80s who still are having a difficult time getting appointments.