I Received My First Shot Of Vaccine: The Experience

I early on  decided I was not going to use my clout or influence to jump the vaccine line. That was an easy choice because I have no clout or influence which I could use. My initial plan was to wait until my doctor made arrangements for me to get it.  When I called the office I learned he was not going to be giving the vaccine but that the procedure to do this was to be handled by the hospital.

Next I received an email. The writer explained that he was able to get a friend scheduled for the vaccine. He also said that the hospital group  to which I referred was having trouble organizing itself. He advised I try to get one on my own.

I followed his advice and found that Gillette Stadium was a big state site so I went there. I was after a bit able to get a slot for myself and then my wife. Gillette is about an hour’s drive and that meant two trips to get it. My wife heard from a friend that she and her husband had grabbed appointments at neighboring towns. She suggested we should try that but it required being up after midnight when a new day for appointments opened.

We did that. At about 12:45 a.m. the site added  a new day. I quickly scrambled and put myself in first at 3:35 in the afternoon and then my wife at 4:45 at the same place. We were told to come there 15 minutes early. I immediately cancelled Gillette.

Heading there with my wife, as usual we left later than we planned, rather than getting there with time to spare we drove into the lot at the 15 minute mark. I quickly moved inside, headed to the pharmacy, and saw a line of about ten people. I asked the woman in front if it was the Covid vaccine line. She said yes. I knew my time was close so I figured to jump in line between before 3:45 but after anyone earlier than my 3:35. I asked the woman the time of her appointment. She said 3:25 which was about the time I had asked the question. I asked the second person in line. She said 3:25. The next three people also said 3:25.

I wondered how they could have set so many for the same time but still I recognized they were before me.  I then asked the next guy his time. He pointed to two others who were with him and said 3:20. One of them told me to go to the end. I did figuring they were running very late but also confused since there appeared to be only one person doing the paperwork and also administering the shots.

I was there about 30 seconds when a guy came up behind me and asked me my time. I said 3:35. He said his was 3:40 so he’d stand behind me. I figured with all the folk in front of me I was going to be there a long time. Just as I am lamenting my fate, I heard the nurse who is giving he shots  ask if “Matthew” is here. I walked past the line. The nurse was working from a list.  I went through the paperwork with her.

At  my first opportunity after doing that I realized that at least eight people had no trouble lying to me. None of them had an appointment. I had no ideas what they hoped to gain from their lies. By the time my wife went at 4:20 p.m. the line had disappeared. I figured they headed for an early bird special. I also figured they were Trump supporters.





17 thoughts on “I Received My First Shot Of Vaccine: The Experience

  1. I received my second vaccine shot this morning (Feb. 11) at an NYU Langone ambulatory care office on W. 52nd Street in Manhattan. It was a breeze. It took about 10 minutes to get the shot. Then you have to wait 15 minutes before leaving. Two things: In New York State at least, you have to fill out a form online on the day of the vaccination. It’s not a deal breaker if you forget. It just slows things down since you have fill it out on site. I was also asked to show a vaccination card I was given after my first shot. I had stuffed the card into my wallet, so that wasn’t a problem. But again, I don’t that was a deal breaker either. All in all, getting both shots was pretty easy for me.

    1. Dan:

      Congratulations. It’s good to get the first two of what may be many more shots down the road if what I read about the virus undergoing changes makes the present vaccine unable to deal with it. I have scheduled my second for three weeks after the first but at a site about 70 miles away from the first site in Hyannis. We were told after our first shot we would be notified about the second shot but I’m following the advice I received from another person who corresponded with me not to rely on anyone except myself in scheduling matters.
      That turned out to be good advice because my intent was to wait for my hospital MassGen/Brigham to schedule it. I just received an email from them saying they have no more vaccine and cannot schedule any future vaccinations.
      Massachusetts is a mess. They are now letting strangers who bring a person over 75 to be vaccinated to also get vaccinated themselves. People are now advertising on Craig’s list looking for 75 year olders looking for rides. The result is those over 65, teachers, etc. are being further pushed back. The town health departments are not getting the vaccines. The sites the state has sponsored through privately owned groups have confusing information – for instance, Walgreen’s lets anyone with a long term illness no matter what age to sign up. I know a person who did it but then he called to make sure he was scheduled. The person at the other end of the line told him that the information on the Walgreen site which was for all the nation did not apply to Massachusetts and that he was not eligible in MA.

      At least you are good; unfortunately Massachusetts isn’t.

    1. WOW Hutch!

      Sunday, February 7, 2021
      As A-Z vaccine fails against new strain, naturally derived immunity probably defeats it
      According to today’s Washington Post, “South Africa will suspend use of the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca after researchers found it provided “minimal protection” against mild to moderate coronavirus infections caused by the new variant [B.1. 351] first detected in that country.” Switzerland decided to ban it too. Other European countries are still using the A-Z vaccine, but only in those below certain age limits.

      Why would you start vaccinating your population with a vaccine for a viral strain that is being outcompeted by another strain that is resistant to the vaccine?

      Are governments trying to use up the supply they purchased before its efficacy is completely gone?

      While, according to the La Jolla Institute of Immunology, “T cells try to fight SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, by targeting a broad range of sites on the virus. By attacking the virus from many angles, the body has the tools to potentially recognize different SARS-CoV-2 variants.”

      The point to take away is that the immunity derived from getting a mild case of the disease is likely to be much more broad and robust than the immunity you will get from a vaccine.

      Why do I say “a mild case”? Because I believe almost everyone would have only a mild case if their Vitamin D level was adequate and they were given appropriate treatment.

      Ivermectin use in many countries in Latin America has drastically reduced death rates.

      We need to rethink our Covid-19 strategy.

      Update 2/7/21: from the WaPo:

      The coronavirus variant that shut down much of the United Kingdom [yet another strain, B.1.1.7]–Nass] is spreading rapidly across the United States, outcompeting other strains and doubling its prevalence among confirmed infections every week and a half, according to new research made public Sunday.

      The report, posted on the preprint server MedRxiv and not yet peer-reviewed or published in a journal, comes from a collaboration of many scientists and provides the first hard data to support a forecast issued last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed the variant [the UK variant, not the South African variant] becoming dominant in the United States by late March…

      The CDC forecast shows that, with a steady rate of a million vaccinations a day, infections will most likely continue to decline even in the presence of the more transmissible variant.

      But the decline will be much more gradual than if the variant had not taken hold, according to the CDC’s forecast… [i.e., protection against the B.1.1.7 variant will be measurably less–Nass]

      The new study only looked at data through the end of January, but the percentage of infections in Florida involving B.1.1.7 may have risen from a little less than 5 percent to approximately 10 percent in just the past week, Kristian Andersen, an immunologist at Scripps Research Institute and a co-author of the new study, said Sunday in an email. [Andersen is the first author of a Nature Medicine study published last March which told a whopper of a tale about how SARS-Cov-2 could not possibly have come from a lab. Which makes him a knave, a fool or a tool. I’d go with #s 1 and 3. Tools provide narrative, and he has already done that once.] Let’s see where this narrative is going.

    1. MS – you seem to forget we like that a person comment only once a day unless he or she is responding to a comment made to that person. Hope you will abide by that. Thanks

  2. Comparing experiences is useful, I think. I’ve already written here about the relatively easy time I had getting the vaccine through my hospital, NYU Langone. I’m scheduled to get the second shot on Thursday (Feb. 11), and I’ll post here to let you know how things go. In the meantime, good health to you all!

    1. Dan:

      Thanks. The situation here is a little bit of a mess. We were told out hospital Brigham/Mass General would be notifying us so we should be patient. I wasn’t sure that was the best way to go. Then I learned today from a friend that she and her husband were able to get their vaccine at Mass General last week. PE tells me her town has already been processing people. I’ll check with my town tomorrow to see if I can get a second shot. I see Walgreen’s in some areas of Boston have openings for second shots. I may sign up for that to have some guarantee just in case I am unable to get a spot down here on the Cape or close by.

  3. Matt,
    We called our town Public Health Dept. in Jan. saying when Phase 2 started we were interested In the vaccine as we are in that age group.
    The first day of Phase 2 we were called and given an appointment in 2 days.
    Arlington, Belmont and Lexington Public Health joined together to give the vaccine to first responders and it went smoothly, so they moved onto vaccinate people in the second Phase.
    We were told not to arrive any sooner than 5 minutes before our appointment. Once we arrived they took our names and we moved onto the large auditorium where the set up was. I was impressed!! It was organized, well planned and extremely efficient.
    More communities should do it this way. We were given a date for the second injection, but no time. They will call us for the time closer to the date.
    Good luck to all your readers regardless of political affiliation, it’s an intense time.

    1. PE:

      “Good going” as we used to say before we went on to higher education in high school. I’ve got to figure out a way to schedule a second one so that we complete the process before the hoards start being eligible. I hope you are well and the grandson who bears my name but not my head of hair is doing fine. Best to all.

  4. Matt,
    Yours is a well-written account…except for the last two words! I don’t know why you couldn’t bring yourself to resist. Most unfortunate!

    As of this moment, msfreeh has seen fit to visit upon this Comments section what amounts to three blog posts of his/her own. Just lovely. /smh

    Wishing you, your wife and your family the best of health in this time of COVID-19.

    1. Sorry GOK but could not resist. You do have to admit though that your guy did try to overthrow our country by encouraging the mob to attack the Capitol. I’m really at a loss to understand how anyone could support him, other than the one issue pro-life folk who actually think a guy who has kids separated from their parents and locked up could have any reverence for life.

      1. Sir,
        Regarding the Capitol on January 6, won’t you wait patiently with me for evidence to the contrary?

  5. Matt:

    How is Alaska leading the nation in vaccinating residents? With boats, ferries, planes and snowmobiles.

    New books explain what the Pandemic really is
    Good books that explain the pandemic include the following:
    Pandemic Blunder: Fauci and Public Health Blocked Early Home COVID Treatment
    Paperback – January 29, 2021
    by Joel S Hirschhorn (Author)
    Brainwashed: Cutting Through the COVID Confusion Kindle Edition — October 2020
    by John Schroeter

    Brainwashed: Cutting Through the COVID Confusion by [John Schroeter]

    “As if his first book on the COVID crisis, COVID-19—A Devil’s Choice, didn’t deliver a blow to the mainstream narrative, John Schroeter’s follow up book on this “plandemic” nonsense titled Brainwashed—Cutting through the COVID Confusion, delves further into the subject and, with surgical precision, dissects the narrative. John exposes the obvious truth so well that anyone of reasonable intelligence has no choice but to reach the same inevitable conclusion. To state it bluntly, regardless of political affiliation or persuasion, you simply cannot argue with the facts. Brainwashed is a must-read, especially if you don’t see all the pieces of the puzzle and are searching for the truth. Indeed, it goes hand-in-hand with the Plandemic 2 movie! But be warned, you’ll get frustrated as the truth begins to dawn upon you.”

    —Rashid A Buttar, DO, FAAPM, FACAM, FAAIM, Medical Director, Centers for Advanced Medicine

    The US public health system and federal agencies failed to support and promote early home/outpatient treatment for the COVID-19 virus.

    The result was a pandemic blunder of massive proportions…

    Pandemic Blunder contains considerable medical information and data to support a number of proven safe, cheap generic medicines and protocols that knock out the coronavirus when given early. Read about the pioneering, courageous doctors who have been using innovative approaches to prevent their COVID patients from needing hospital care and facing death. The book includes many expert opinions from doctors who support the view that 70 to 80 percent of COVID deaths could have been prevented-and still can be.

    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.


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  6. Matt:

    WaPo editorial on the virus origin investigation, 2/5/2021

    WHAT IS China trying to hide about the origins of the pandemic — and why?

    In Wuhan, a World Health Organization team has launched its investigation into the origins of the virus that has infected 105 million people worldwide and cost 2.2 million lives over the past year.

    The terms of reference for the investigation say it will be “open-minded” and “not excluding any hypothesis” about the origins of the virus. Many scientists have speculated that the virus leaped from animals, such as bats, to humans, perhaps with an intermediate stop in another animal. This kind of zoonotic spillover has occurred before, such as in the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014. But there is another pathway, also plausible, that must be investigated. That is the possibility of a laboratory accident or leak. It could have involved a virus that was improperly disposed of or perhaps infected a laboratory worker who then passed it to others.

    Wuhan, with a population of 11 million, is a major transportation hub and a center of virus studies in China, with at least six facilities with BSL-3 laboratories for handling infectious agents. Published papers show that some of these institutions have been very active in coronavirus research. The most active is the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where Shi Zhengli leads a research team that has extensively studied and experimented on bat coronaviruses that are very similar to the one that ignited the global pandemic. Dr. Shi said that when news of the outbreak first became known, she checked her laboratory records to see whether there had been any mishandling of experimental materials. She also asserted that the genetic sequence of the new coronavirus did not match viruses that her team had sampled from bat caves in China. “That really took a load off my mind,” she told Scientific American. “I had not slept a wink for days.”

    But that must not be the end of the story. China actively covered up the early stages of the pandemic, concealed the transmissibility of the virus from its own people and the world, and punished Wuhan doctors who expressed worry about it in late December 2019. President Xi Jinping did not warn the public in China or abroad until mid-January. Since then, Chinese officials and scientists have advanced a host of dubious theories to suggest the origin of the virus was beyond China’s borders: perhaps brought to China by contaminated packaging of frozen food from abroad or from the U.S. military biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick, Md., or from mink farms. The disinformation only heightens suspicions that China is trying to distract from or conceal something.

    ‘Gain of function’ research

    To find out if there was a leak or laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) or another lab, investigators would want to carefully examine research done there, including archived lab notes, records of experiments and data, intra-laboratory communications such as email, as well as bat samples, viral strains and all sequences from the WIV collection to compare them with known genetic blueprints from the pandemic virus. This would require transparency and verification of data and sample provenance. But it has not been forthcoming. It is known from public documents that Dr. Shi was conducting “gain of function” research on bat coronaviruses, which involves modifying their genomes to give the viruses new properties, such as the ability to infect a new host species or transmit from one host to another more easily. Such research is controversial — a gain of function experiment can create a danger that didn’t exist before. But the research might also help predict how a virus might evolve toward spillover, enabling the development of effective countermeasures such as a broad coronavirus vaccine.

    The research carried out by Dr. Shi was financed in part over the years by the United States, China and Europe. Grant documents show the work was aimed at determining the potential for spillover of bat coronaviruses from one species to another. The research involved constructing a series of novel chimeric viruses that would use different spike proteins from some unpublished natural coronaviruses. The ability of the resulting novel viruses to infect human cells in culture, and to infect laboratory animals, was to be tested. This included experiments on mice with cells that are genetically modified to respond as human respiratory cells would. The WIV also collected thousands of samples from bat caves in China. The work under Dr. Shi was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health through EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based nongovernmental organization whose president, Peter Daszak, is a member of the WHO virus origin investigating team, and is leading a separate investigation by the Lancet.

    A critical database went offline At the core of Dr. Shi’s work is a database at the institute. According to research by DRASTIC, a network of researchers and scientists, this is the most important bat coronavirus database in China. Overall, it holds records of some 22,000 samples and some of their genetic sequences, including for WIV virus sampling trips going back many years. The institute collected more than 15,000 samples from bats, covering over 1,400 bat viruses. The database holds more than 100 unpublished sequences of bat coronaviruses that could significantly help the probe into the origins of the pandemic. Of particular interest are the full sequences of eight viruses sampled in 2015 in an unidentified location in Yunnan province, which was only recently disclosed. In 2012, six people who were clearing bat feces from an abandoned mine in Yunnan developed an illness with symptoms very similar to covid-19. Three eventually died. The results of the investigation into the cause of their illness have not been fully disclosed. A bat-virus sampling trip by WIV-EcoHealth was underway in nearby locations while these six people were infected. A virus designated RaTG13 was sampled from the mine in 2013 and has been described as the closest known relative of SARS-CoV-2. Based on limited information about their sequences, the other eight viruses are very similar to RaTG13 and may hold evolutionary clues.

    A section of the database was password-protected and not accessible. This may well have been to protect the materials so that scientists from WIV could be first in writing scientific papers about the viruses and sequences. But except for that private section, the database was accessible until Sept. 12, 2019, when it became unreachable from outside the institute, according to DRASTIC, which has studied the database usage records. Why then? Dr. Shi has said it was taken offline for security reasons. “We have nothing to hide,” she told the BBC.

    In his final days in office, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been harshly critical of China, issued a fact sheet and statement claiming: “The U.S. government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both covid-19 and common seasonal illnesses.” If the U.S. government possesses information to corroborate that statement, it should release it, including declassifying any intelligence.

    A second portal of virus databases in China, created by the National Virus Resource Center, affiliated with the WIV, has also gone offline, with the result that all the key virus databases managed by the WIV are now offline. On Feb. 3, the WHO team investigating the origins of the virus visited the WIV. We do not know what was said. But the goal must be to open the closed doors at the institute. If the WIV had no role in sparking the outbreak, it should be relatively straightforward for Dr. Shi to safely open up the databases to scientists so they can properly understand the evolutionary origins of SARS-CoV-2. The institute should provide all records regarding bat samples, viruses and sequences, with verified information provenance, and eventually, it should be disclosed to all.

    The origin of the pandemic is of interest to every person on the globe. We don’t know where the pandemic began. But a major step toward finding the answer is to examine all the relevant databases and laboratory records, including those at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and elsewhere, and the clues they may hold.
    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.

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  7. Matt:

    Saturday, February 6, 2021
    Best coverage yet of the intertwined roles of the NIH and the Wuhan Institute of Virology in producing viruses like SARS-2, by Steve Hilton
    Steve Hilton did 2 successive weekly TV episodes on the origin or the chimeric coronavirus, and shows us, with all the necessary documents, how both the Chinese and US governments funded the research to create SARS-2 like coronaviruses, and how they have actively covered up the truth since the start of the pandemic. Doctors Tony Fauci and Francis Collins said the research was so important it was worth taking the risk of a pandemic to do. Will they ever be made to tell the world what it is they were doing?



    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.


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  8. My wife and I went to MGH for our
    scheduled appointments at 4:30 and
    4:45 on Feb. 2. We had pre-registered
    and were given a number. We arrived
    at MGH at 4:25 and were called
    Immediately.We got the vaccine,waited
    15 minutes as ordered and then we left.
    It was extremely well organized,much to our surprise, so hats off to MGH
    for a job well done.

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