The auditorium was so large that less than half of it was used. Everything was designed for maximum efficiency. Check in at this table and receive an information sheet. Take this card to your assigned table number and roll up your sleeve. Answer a few more screening questions followed by inclusion. Go through these blue ropes to the check out area. Get an appointment for your second shot on your card; Then go to the observation chairs for immediate side effects. After about 15 minutes, one-way streets led you to a different entrance than the one you came to, which also happened to be the way to the toilets.
Everything was well managed by enthusiastic young adults. There were so many masks and gloves and shields and belt locks and spots to stand on and other instructions that it was a cross between a science fiction thriller and an assembly line.
One inconsistent note: all entrances were monitored by security and only those with appointments were allowed to enter the auditorium. That was something I didn’t even know would be necessary, but of course it is. I will not publicly speculate on the various thoughts that went through my mind once I noticed the security procedures. Let’s just say I was grateful that I was in a blue state in a very blue neighborhood where there was no reason to expect trouble.
One tiny complaint: some younger people were given entry stickers, and I didn’t get one. I felt left out! When the young man in the observation area asked how I was doing, I switched on my best imitation of a plaintive waif a tenth of my age: “That lady over there got a sticker. I didn’t get a sticker. How come I have Don’t you get a sticker? ”He said,“ Oh – you should have got a sticker! Of course you can, ”and he brought it to me right away.
Apart from the great sticker Snafu, nothing exciting or extraordinary happened.
Meanwhile, some lucky people on the state’s western border had the pleasant surprise when Yo Yo Ma celebrated his second shot with a 15-minute mini-concert, including Ave Maria and the prelude to Bach’s cello suite No. 1.
I wish I could come up with something encouraging or motivating to tell people who are reluctant to use vaccines. Every now and then I hear from someone I know who is not planning on getting vaccinated and words fail me. How can I compete with generations of history that justify being careful with the medical system in general?
Republicans who choose not to stay vaccinated in order to “own the libraries” should be the latest example of a depleted pool policy. Are you actually willing to forego life-saving treatment to prove your conspiracy theories are correct? I will not stand in their way.
Oddly enough, even if they refuse to take them, they try to give Trump credit for the vaccines. They also boast that the Democratic goal of 100 million shots a day was met before Biden took office on Jan. 20.
That fact is true, but the Biden government remains responsible for the Common Sense Distribution Plan, which makes dose delivery more efficient and fairer at the state and local levels.
Vaccines no longer sit in airports and camps waiting for instructions that never come. Local officials can no longer give vaccination priority to areas that help them politically. The improved distribution and funding of pop-up locations makes shots much faster for a larger number of people.
Last Saturday and Sunday we took an average of almost 3 million pictures a day! I feel good to be a part of it.
So I had my first shot and it’s a hopeful step into the future. I am very happy not to have had any serious side effects. There was just a little pain at the injection site (it was uncomfortable to sleep on that side the first night) and a mild headache that was more annoying than painful – I didn’t even bother about Tylenol.
Overall, the vaccine gave my mood a much-needed boost. It is a tangible sign of light at the end of the long pandemic tunnel.
Here are today’s questions again:
Have you been vaccinated
If not what is your plan?
The DKonversation: Something to talk about is an open thread to rest, enjoy a virtual drink, look around, ventilate, scold, ask questions, whatever. We all need lots of online places to gather like this until we can meet again in person.
You can comment on the above topic or start a conversation about something completely different.
This is also a good place to ask general questions about Politics, Democrats, Daily Kos, or any other topic.
Go to the comments section now and start the vaccine appeal!
Appeal? Has anyone made an appeal?
If that other song was too silly for you, here is the rest of Yo Yo Ma.