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I *Finally* Got My Vaccine!

I'm one of those people who signed up for the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it was announced. And then like most people, I patiently waited, and waited...and waited.

When they opened up slots for the AstraZeneca jab, I had some concerns due to my anemia but thought of signing up for it anyway. Except... I didn't manage to get one. The rest of my family did, but the system was shut by the time I tried to apply for it.

So, the wait continued.

Phase 3 of the vaccination programme eventually opened, which meant that those in my age group could get their shots. Then I saw my friends getting their appointments. Strangers on Twitter were celebrating getting their vaccine dates. It seemed like I was the only one without one.

So, when I finally got my appointment a few days ago I actually screamed 😂 And then the nervousness kicked in. I, who had been so excited about this for months was actually nervous. What the hell? I wasn't nervous about getting the jab per se, but I was scared about how the whole experience might be.

I actually don't leave the house at all, so seeing hordes of people at the vaccine centre made my anxiety skyrocket. I felt like I didn't even know how to "human" anymore. But it eventually got better as the minutes passed. The nurse who gave me my shot was such an angel and she really made me feel at ease.

I headed over to the observation area after that. Then, I suddenly felt some tightness in my chest and I thought I was having a reaction to the vaccine. I almost shouted for help...when I realised it was just wind trapped in my chest. Drama. So much drama.

It's been about 56 hours post-vax now and the main side effect I've had (if you can even call it that) is more wind! Surprisingly, I haven't had a fever or any of the harsher side effects. My arm ached quite a bit, though, and I'm feeling more tired today than I did on the first day.

But anyway, that's the story of my first dose. A lot of people see this vaccine as being one step closer to their next holiday, and that's fine. For me, it's a way out of this mess that has ruined and taken millions of lives. And it's one step closer to reuniting with Mr. C.

This is not a post Harvinth Skin would have liked to read, but hopefully you did.


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