1 down, 1 to go

January 25, 2021 – A vial of Hope

Erin Zwiener is a fantastic Texas House representative. Not only is she a three-time Jeopardy champ, she takes communicating with her constituents very seriously. Thus it was we got notice that a vaccination portal was opening late last week for 1,950 county residents who qualified as 1A or 1B recipients. First come, first served.

When the appointed time came, Don and I got in our respective devices and started trying to get through. It wasn’t easy. In fact, Don compared it to trying to get Springsteen tickets. But we kept at it and both succeeded in getting appointments. A mere 25 minutes after the portal opened, all the slots were full.

Today we went to the San Marcos High School and stood in extremely well-organized lines, with everyone masked, socially distanced, and hand sanitized. I wore a Life is Good t-shirt that seemed particularly well-suited to the occasion …

2020 – Just a phase

and took a little Hope along with me …

The happy ending to the tale is we were also given appointments for second doses three weeks hence. I’m feeling very relieved, but won’t truly breathe easy until many many millions more people, friends and family especially, are likewise protected.

Process notes: I woke in the middle of the night and thought of Hazel … more specifically, I thought of her stitched jars and bottles. And I was going to say that Pfizer vials aren’t nearly as magical, but then decided actually yes, they are.

36 thoughts on “1 down, 1 to go

  1. Oh Yay! Glad you guys were able to get it. J. hasn’t had any luck, trying the online method every day, more than once. Today, I too tried for him online and by calling. Out here there are no appointments to be had. Period. I sat on hold for almost 2 hours (while trying online too). Nothing. I finally gave up, begrudgingly. Sigh.
    I don’t qualify yet, nor does he through the VA (I think they are starting at 75).
    I’m super glad it is better where you are! And how smart to just make the second appointment right then! Nice to revisit those posts 🙂
    Be well

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    1. Texas is vaccinating anyone over the age of 65, although the number of doses in this first round were enough for less than 2 percent of our county population, so there’s a long way to go. The second appointments were automatically scheduled for everyone who went yesterday … a nice bit of organizing on the county’s part.

      I hope the Biden administration gets things rolling more smoothly and that you and J are both vaccinated sooner rather than later. Be well in the meantime!

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      1. Well, after a failed attempt (2 hours of hold music later) at getting an appointment by calling in…I checked the website on & off all day. At 7:15 PM, ONE time opened up at a local grocery pharmacy…I was on it, filled out the online registration, which answers that it will just confirm. Nope. Appointment gone. Truly like getting concert tickets back in the day. Dang.
        Oh well, Will keep trying.

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  2. I’m so glad you’ve gotten this done. There may be a fresh round of appointments (hence doses) available here as of Wednesday, I’ll be on the website at the stroke of midnight, ready to pounce.

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  3. That is fantastic .. a real Blessing for the both of you. I’m going to stay optimistic that things will continue to improve and sooner than later we’ll all be able to get vaccinated helping us all move towards our new normal whatever that will be. Loving your daily blocks .. very much!! 😘

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      1. We don’t have any, as yet. The Aus govt. has only just approved the Phizer one and awaiting the AZenaca. I’m on the 2a list so could be late in the year before I get mine. H will get his sooner, being senior age to me 🙂 They say it will be easy to access….we’ll see!

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  4. LA – wow – that is great news – like winning the lottery. And so good you were able to organise the follow up injections for 3 weeks down the track. Love the stitched bottle as a record. Go well and stay well. B

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  5. YES!…i’m working on schedualing for this week. Thought it would be easy…the hospital here
    in town, but when i called yesterday they require you to have an associated doc or history
    there…neither of which i have, so am working on getting set up at the bigger hospital
    in nearby Chico. Determined.

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    1. good luck … I was gratified that our local county health department took people at their word if they said they had a pre-existing condition … for every person who took advantage of that, there are likely many many more who were able to rightly get their vaccine without having to jump through hoops

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  6. What a relief that you and Don have had your first dose.

    R is scheduled to have his first dose on Sat and the New Mexico Dept of Health automatically will set up his 2nd dose. New Mexico, unlike your state and other states, is vaccinating their 75 yr olds first. I’m not in the 1B category since I’m not 75 yet and don’t have any preexisting conditions so it may be spring before I get my first dose. I’m so grateful that R is getting his dose finally. Besides the registry for the NM Dept of Health the VA is starting it’s program, beginning w ith 75 yr olds so he is fortunate in that he had two places to go to to get vaccinated. We had registered the first day that the registry with the NM Dept of Health opened so he wanted to stick with them.

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    1. I confess to feeling a touch of vaccine guilt since Texas has defined 1B as 65 and up … I just wish there had been a better organized rollout rather than the prior administration saying “let the states decide” …

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  7. Oh, ha & hooray for hope, bottles and progress! Your vial holds so much hope! Each time I hear that someone I know has been vaccinated makes me feel one step closer to mine.

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      1. I can’t tell you how much I’m counting on that to be true…PLEASE, dear Universe, PLEASE let Moon GO to college…for all of our sakes!

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  8. can’t seem to comment from my phone but in the wee hours during snowfall I read of this and my heart glowed.

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  9. I am so happy you got your first jab!
    [at the same time I’m extremely embarrassed The Netherlands are lagging far behind with the doling out of vaccines, only Bulgaria is doing worse than us here in Europe, not to mention the riots last weekend supposedly because of upset about the evening curfew….nope, we’re not a proud nation these days]
    your cloth diary is just the best Liz ánd I love that t-shirt

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  10. So so glad! Such good news. Who knows maybe the hypodermic needle will be the emblem of hope going forward!

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    1. Don and I were commenting the other night that we have seen more injections in the past few weeks on the news than ever before … to the point where we note differences in technique (cringe)

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