Warning: during this column, I will share my personal experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The following is my own account of what happened and is in no way my attempt to persuade you. I am fully aware of the controversy surrounding vaccinations and I respect your choice either way.
On Monday, March 8 at 12:15 p.m., I received the Johnson & Johnson (single dose) vaccine at Hy-Vee here in Muscatine. I was eligible via my job with the Muscatine Community School District, as our employees are in the 1B tier. Admittedly, I was nervous going into the appointment and worried about what (if any) side effects I would have.
After checking in at the pharmacy, I waited to be called into the consultation room where the vaccine was administered to my left arm. Following the shot, I had to wait 15 minutes before departing. I’m pleased to report that the only side effect I had was soreness at the injection site that was gone before I left the store.
I closely monitored myself for the remainder of the day and the following day with zero issues. For those wondering, I did drink a lot of water prior to the shot and tried to keep my arm active following. I took Tylenol later that day just as a precaution, but again no side effects.
It was my decision to be vaccinated, and I tried to do as much research as possible. Selecting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was also my choice. I’ve also been extremely cautious and have been diligent about wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
My wife, Kasey, was able to get fully vaccinated via her work. She received the Pfizer vaccine and also had no side effects.
I’d like to thank all the scientists and super smart people who worked around the clock creating these vaccines. Can you imagine the stress that they were under?
I’ll extend the same gratitude towards all of our healthcare workers. Thank you for battling this virus for the past 12 months. Your efforts are truly remarkable!
We’re also fortunate that Muscatine County has so many options when it comes to distributing the vaccine. While we cannot control the supply, we have pharmacies along with Public Health ready to administer shots upon arrival.
We all want to get back to “normal” as quickly as possible. My hope is that I’m a little bit closer. I want to be able to safely travel to Chicago to see my family and friends. I also want to ensure our elderly population are safe and can have peace of mind. Pandemic fatigue is real, and we’ve been enduring 12 months of having to adjust our way of life. I’m trying to keep things in perspective and have reminded myself that I have been alive a lot longer than 12 months. Things will continue to get better and I hope you remain safe and healthy!