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Just two more weeks until I can get back to licking doorknobs!

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38 Responses:

  1. John says:

    I'm just looking forward to returning to that most traditional of greetings: eyeball licking.

  2. Javier says:

    Interesting, they went to the trouble of putting that "keep this doc. somewhere" admonition in Spanish too.

  3. Dude says:


    So, Moscone really is taking all comers? I ask because I went by there yesterday, but I didn't go for it because I don't meet any of the latest eligibility descriptions.

  4. kfm says:

    Lucky you. I got AstraZeneca, thanks to its 10 week period between shots I can't get back to knob licking until May.

    I expect to start to feel an urge to buy Windows any minute now.

    • nooj says:

      kfm, you can lick your own knob all you want! and if you ask nicely, you might get to lick other people's knobs too.

  5. Aracan says:

    Congratulations! Much as it pains me to say this, it seems to show that Trump was actually better at SOMETHING than the people in charge in my country. I don't really expect to get my first shot before early summer, if that.

    • jwz says:

      It's so weird that nobody is thanking Trump for gutting the CDC, shutting down the pandemic task force, and withdrawing the US from the WHO.

      • And just think of all the money we saved by not manufacturing and distributing working masks, tests, or even having press conferences.

      • Aracan says:

        Just to be clear: That was my frustration speaking (frustration that a weapons-grade agglutination of careless incompetence like Trump could accomplish something at which our local government failed), and not any admiration for the man.

        • Ham Monger says:

          Pretty sure the previous president had as little to do with this as possible, and in fact obstructed it for as long as he could until it suddenly occurred to him that presenting a "cure" (yes, I know, vaccines aren't cures, but he doesn't know and doesn't care) might get him reelected - and then that was too little too late, because despite claiming success before the election, actual clinical approval took in its own sweet time and didn't happen until after.

          So not sure why you're giving the previous president any credit whatsoever. Also, he slow-rolled vaccination for the remainder of his presidency, and it took a different president to artificially accelerate it - and this acceleration seems to be what you're praising right now. (Serious question: are you aware that the US has a different president?)

          • Ham Monger says:

            Regarding the "artificial acceleration" I mentioned:

            I'm totally in favor of vaccination and give no craps about what order it happens in. My local authorities looked at the tiers and decided those were optional, and made up their own arbitrary rules about who gets what when. Further, whether one group is measurably "done" before another group starts getting access to the limited supply is totally irrelevant to them. So Biden asserting "vaccines for everyone by July 4" is at least as fine and valid as any other schedule at this point.

  6. Jon Konrath says:

    I went to Moscone on Sunday for my first shot. That place has a serious Close Encounters vibe going on, with that football field of medical cubicles and whatnot. I think I was in and out in 25 minutes, which included the 15-minute wait.

    No side effects at all. But for some reason, I really do want to check out Microsoft’s new XBox Series X, the fastest, most powerful Xbox ever.

  7. Mallory says:

    Of course the wealthy are getting vaccinated before our most vulnerable. Ashamed to see what SF has become

    • Joe Luser says:

      can you back that up with numbers? or are you just repeating something that sounded cool when you saw it on the internet?

    • Being wealthy has a strong correlation with being old and fat and thus among the most vulnerable. You were expecting justice from life?

  8. jwz says:

    Side effects:

    Shot 1: Nothing to speak of. Minor ache at injection site, that day.

    Shot 2: Knocked me on my ass. Major body aches, and I was so exhausted that I could not be vertical. That lasted for 14+ hours. Symptoms began about 8 hours after the shot, so day 2 was a total write-off. I started to feel somewhat better around the middle of day 2, and slept through most of the rest of it. I was fine by the morning of day 3.

    Strongly recommend you prep some food you can eat while lying down, because even standing up long enough to cook something was not gonna happen.

    Buried in the paperwork they hand you after shot 1 is a link to vsafe.cdc.gov where you can sign up for a survey of symptoms. They text you once a day for a simple check-in for a couple weeks after your shot.

    • Dude says:

      After reading that comment, I e-mailed a friend who'd recently gotten the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. (I plan on getting vaxxed when I'm eligible, but I definitely want to be prepared for any potential side effects.) She replied this morning with a story similar to yours:

      So, I got the J&J one shot vaccine, and I did have a reaction. I felt like I had the flu for about a day: low fever, body aches, very very tired and thirsty. I also had significant swelling at the injection site with a hard lump and redness that lasted for about a week. It wasn't painful unless I prodded it. For a couple of days, it seemed to be getting worse rather than better, so I called the duty nurse at Kaiser. They said if I could still raise my arm above my head, it wasn't dire and it would go down. It finally did, and I felt fine the next day.

      It was totally worth it, and I would do it again. I hope that you get it soon, and that your reaction isn't much. But even if you get laid out, it's really just a day in bed.

      Good idea to ask around!

      My parents are getting their second doses this week or next (Pzifer I think?), so I'll be keeping an eye on that. Definitely all good stuff to know in advance of my eventual jab(s).

      • Elusis says:

        It's so individual though. My partner (got Moderna) and my father (got Pfizer) both had nothing more than sore arms with both doses. But I do recommend to folks that they schedule themselves 48 hours of down time after shot 2.

        • Dude says:

          Yeah, it's super random.

          Just yesterday, I asked another teacher-friend about hers. She and two other friends all got the Pfizer two-dose. The other two had harsh reactions after the second dose, but my friend didn't - she said she still did her daily biking and swimming whilst the other two were bed-ridden.

          But yeah, whenever I'm finally eligible, I'm hedging my bets and clearing my schedule the day after my second dose (or one dose, if it's the J&J).

    • Elusis says:

      Same, except my onset for shot 2 was more like 4 hours. I got lost in the (rather small) Safeway in my neighborhood trying to grab a few things for dinner, and wound up bringing home frozen P.F. Chang's because "it looked good" (spoiler: it did not look good). By the time I got home, I was typing gibberish instead of text messages because I could barely focus. The next day was the "too exhausted to be vertical" day and I woke up at 8am on day 3 fit as a fiddle.

  9. Cojo says:

    I’m so pleased.

  10. Jason Kaczor says:

    Awesome, finally us Canadian's can be jealous about our neighbours to the south again... At the rate we are "inching" out our vaccination program, I expect that it will be September before I am eligible for a jab.

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