Saturday | 6 February 2021 | La Quinta, California: I am so happy to say Dave and I both received our first dose of the Moderna vaccine yesterday at the Indio County Fairgrounds. We've been waiting and waiting for our doctors (Kaiser) to offer us the jab, but they email us - nearly every day - saying they still have no juice. Mary and Captain Jim gave us the phone number for our county senior services. I phoned, someone answered, and we had appointments within a few days. I've only been 65 for three months - barely squeaked in - as the nurse who stuck me this afternoon noticed.
The process was easy. Check-in at a pavilion building at the fairgrounds, showing our (printed) email appointment confirmations and present ID proving we were over 65. Wait in line (about 20 people were in front of us), and take a seat at a nurse's station. My nurse asked if I routinely carried an epi-pen or if I had allergic reactions to injections. Nope. She gave me the injection very high on my left arm, and covered it with a Band-Aid. Then we were asked to have a seat and wait 15 minutes, just in case we did have a reaction. (If you answered "yes" to any of the allergy questions, you were required to wait 30 minutes... paramedics with epi-pens are onsite.) While waiting, we watched a video explaining how to register for the second injection and reinforcing the WEAR A MASK advice. There was no charge at all. We each now have an official CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
The only disconcerting thing was the people waiting in line for the jab - everyone was over 65, obviously - but everyone was white. This county is 65% Hispanic. I came home and emailed my congressman - who is a physician (Harvard!) and Hispanic - and asked him what was up with that. He is aware of the problem, and there still so many people refusing the vaccine.
Our arms are just a bit sore today (especially when raising the arm). Happy to have a little discomfort: temporary problem for a permanent solution.
We golfed again last Wednesday - getting to be a habit - and I still am so terrible. I always have to three-putt, forever ruining any chance of a decent score. It's not my poor vision (I only have vision in my right eye), I just totally suck the big one at putting.
There are turtles all over this club! We have spotted them in several ponds now.
And we continue to have ridiculously gorgeous sunsets:
Did you get the vaccine yet? Are you refusing? Please comment below.
Until my next update, I remain, your Fauci Ouchied correspondent.