I kind of expected that it would be a ‘zoo’, i.e., ‘not well organized‘, & I wasn’t far wrong.
I had a 12:20pm appointment. I drove in & got in line sharp at 12:00. (I was in Loudon at 11:45. I could have got in line earlier IF I knew that there was ‘no system’ & that it was a free-for-all.)
They directed me to one of three lanes; I happened to get ‘Lane 1’.
Then I waited & waited & waited.
Luckily they had the foresight to provide porta potties every 400-yards or so.
They did NOT put you in lane CHRONOLOGICALLY by appointment time. So, it was ‘just get in line’. After an hour there was some interaction. Most of the folks around I had 12:00 appointments. A couple 12:20 — like I. So, no prioritization. We were all lumped together.
In the end I discovered that there were not 3 BUT 6 LANES!
All of the delay — 3-hours worth — was merging those 6 lanes into one.
In my case, that happened at 3pm. 3-hours, coincidentally, since I got in line. Once it was down to 1-lane we moved quickly.
I was at the ‘pen’ within 10-minutes.
A ‘RN’ asked me the now routine COVID & vaccination stuff. They did NOT take my temperature.
An old, BUT still practising pediatrician, gave me my shot. Painless. But, then again, he told me that he thinks that over his lifetime I has done over 9-million vaccinations.
I took a stash of chocolates that I handed out. That was a hit.
I Got The Single-Dose, J&J COVID Vaccination TODAY, at 3:13pm — In New Hampshire; I Am All Set (SMILE).
Well, well, well. I got my COVID vaccination at 3:13pm, today, at the ‘NH Motor Speedway’ Mass Vaccination Clinic.
They were only administering the newly approved, single-dose J&J vaccine. Yes, I know that it is NOT ‘the best’ — but that is OK. Being non-white it is unlikely that I would have qualified for anything else. Beggars (i.e., non-whites like I) can’t be choosers.
Funny. I did NOT see a SINGLE non-white at the whole MASS event — during my 4-hours there.
From what I saw I was the ONLY non-white — & the only one that was handing out (my appreciated) chocolates. SMILE.
It was a ZOO.
I was in the car for a total of 4-hours, including the mandatory 15-minute observation period. (Some folks were flagged for 30-minutes. Not sure why.)
My appointment was at 12:20pm.
I got my shot, from an OLD but still practicing pediatrician, at 3:13pm. So, just under 3-hours AFTER my appointment!
No pain. Did NOT feel a thing. The doctor did say, that as a pediatrician, he has done over 9 million ‘shots’ during his tenure. He was good.
No side effects. No headaches. No nausea. And no pain in the arm — at least of now. SMILE.
New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination: VAMS Is Not Working, Get A Manual Appointment Through 211 — April 16!
Well, on February 1, 2021, I thought having to wait till March 25, i.e., 6-weeks away, to get my vaccination was unacceptable. I thought scheduling will IMPROVE over time. WRONG. DEAD WRONG.
I tried yesterday. Could NOT get any appointments. NADA. Nothing.
Today, I made two 211 calls. About 20-minutes on hold, each time, BUT they are really helpful.
After the 1st call I tried VAMS again. Could not get a SINGLE appointment. Then around 7pm today, I called 211 for the 2nd time.
He said that there are times when VAMS does NOT work. Also said that all the sites in the South, i.e., South of Concord, were FULL till May.
But, he could get me an appointment in Plymouth, Lebanon or Claremont. Plymouth is only about an hour away & it is a nice drive. So, I opted for Plymouth.
On Friday, April 16 at the ‘National Guard Recruiting Center’. 2-months out.
This is CRAZY.
All of the ‘fluff’ you hear on WMUR is just plain FAKE NEWS.
So, as an over-65 I am now eligible to get the vaccination — & have been since January 22, 2021.
I did NOT try & register till yesterday because I was going to Iowa to pick up ‘Rowen’. So, I waited until I got back, i.e., yesterday, to register. Actually there was an e-mail asking me to register. I did.
Today, I was INVITED to pick an appointment. Well, YOU can see from above. Those were my options. Earliest was March 25, 2021. 6-weeks away.
That is a BLOODY JOKE.
Did I get an appointment. Heck NO. I am NOT going to bother. I will wait.
This is a joke. Actually it is a CRIME. What a country.
I Bet That Senior Californians Are Now Going To Be Sneaking Across The Border To Mexico To Be FREE Again.
This would be I if I was lucky enough to live in California.
There is no way, however, I can stay at home. I have to go walkabout.
Screw the Wall. Nothing is going to keep me locked up.