Receiving My First COVID-19 Vaccine DoseApril 28, 2021 4:03 pm
I was super excited to find out that as a member of group 1B, there were vaccines available for my priority group. Working quickly, I was able to secure an appointment for myself, my elderly mother, and a high-risk sibling. Appointment confirmations in hand, we headed out to the vaccination clinic to receive our COVID-19 vaccines. Here are some of the top questions my friends and family asked me regarding the vaccine.
Did it hurt?
Yes. It was a shot. It hurt a little, and my arm was sore afterwards. My elderly mother said, “you know you’ve had a shot,” and I think that describes the level of pain very well- not debilitating, but noticeable.
Did it make you feel sick?
No. I have heard reports that people can feel pretty cruddy after the second shot, but I had no symptoms of illness after the first shot. I did, however, feel very fatigued and went to bed early the night following my vaccine. My mom and sister also reported feeling the same way.
Did you feel safe?
Yes. One of the concerns people have shared is potential exposure to COVID-19 while getting the immunization. My vaccine was administered in an indoor facility, but the people inside were limited, social distancing was enforced, and every person inside was properly wearing their mask the entire time I received my vaccine.
How long did it take?
I was one of three people in my family group, so my experience may have taken a little longer, but it took roughly 45 minutes from the time we got to the clinic to the time we left the building. A portion of that time was a mandatory 15-minute waiting period after receiving the vaccine. One nurse provided the vaccines to everyone in our group, so if I had gone by myself it probably would have taken about 30 minutes.
– In the state of New Jersey, there has been a shortage of vaccines, but CJ Urgent Care has been getting limited supplies. We now have the ability to do this on a more consistent basis. We have all the necessary storage equipment and an efficient scheduling and implementation process for the COVID-19 vaccine. CJUC and My InstaDoc will alert all of our patients via email, social media and our website if there are any changes or updates.
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