GETTING THAT BOOSTER SHOT

The last time I got my second dose of the Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine was in March.

Now I’m sorry, I’m not going to get into the tired debate of  should you get the vaccine or not to get it, even though here in the city of New York, you either get it or you don’t get work.

This isn’t what this post is all about.

I just know that at 68 years old, I have to get a booster shot because I had the Pfizer shot more than 6 months ago.

Now even though this is the greatest time of the year for the Sports Diva, (that’s hockey season in case you didn’t know), I kept putting off getting the booster shot even though I was eligible to get it when it was first available to New Yorkers over 65  around 25 September.

Last week, I made an appointment at my local Walgreens, which is a drug score located all over the United States, no matter what state you live in.

My appointment was today, October 13th, around 11:45am.

As with the other two shots that I received, I brought the necessary papers, New York state ID, Medicare card for those over 65, and the most important thing here in New York, my vaccination card.

As for the side effects, not going to lie and say that I had none.

My arm was sore, and a few hours later, it still is but Tylenol is my best friend right about now.

I can deal with the soreness in my arm from a vaccine, compared to what the alternative would be.

TAKING THE VACCINE, PART TWO

I did it.

I had heard all the bad things that would happen from well meaning friends and family.

“My arm was so sore from the second one”

“I got chills. Is that supposed to happen with this one?”

“I got really bad dizzy spells.”

I didn’t get any other advice, but my landlady/cousin made sure she gave me some need to know stuff:

” You’ll still have to have a Covid 19 test when you come back from your trip. Oh and by the way, get me some proof that you had the test and it’s negative.”

I get what you mean, cuz, but really , proof like a note?

What are we in high school here?

Anyway, even though it was raining, the Sports Diva took herself back to York College and got the second dose of the Covid Vaccine shot.

This time it was so much easier.

There was a separate entrance for people who were there for the second dose.

There were no forms to fill out this time, just bring that appointment card and your New York State identification card.

My appointment was supposed to be between 9:15-9:30am, but at 8:39am, I walked on in, got my temperature taken and at 9:08am, after sitting down for about 15 minutes or so, I walked on out of the building, brand new bandage on my shoulder.

I explored the neighborhood of South Jamaica a little and walked into the place where I had my Covid 19 test, City MD.

I just had to know.

Did I STILL need to get a Covid 19 test when I come back?

I was told yes and by the way, I can get my results back the same day and to make my cousin happier than a pig in you know what, I can get a note for her.

God willing I’m ready.

Let that 30 Plus Teams Tour begin again.

GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

I had been debating and debating about it since December or whenever it first was offered.

When it came time to do it, I was late.

Everything was booked up.

I finally got lucky and finally did it.

What is “it”?

I got my first Coronavirus Vaccine.

As a senior citizen over 65 years of age in the state of New York, I fell under category 1B as dictated by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

1B meant that senior citizens would be in the first group to get one of the two vaccines offered in the state, Pfiser and Moderna.

Group 1A was essential workers, and they were the first to receive the vaccine.

After I finally decided that I was going to take the vaccine, I found out how hard it was to schedule an appointment.

Many places only took you if you lived in the area.

Everything was booked up and it didn’t seem to matter if you tried to make appointments at CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens or even at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

(Yes, the mayor of New York City and governor were so desperate for ALL New Yorkers to get this vaccine that they even made it available to get a shot at baseball parks.)

There were even appointments at the huge convention center, the Javits Center and Aqueduct Race Track, here in Queens.

The sad part was that you had to be vaccinated in the place that you lived.

So basically, if you live in The Bronx, don’t even think of going across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey and try to get vaccinated there.

It’s not going to happen.

Finally two new centers opened up.

Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens where I went.

These two are the largest vaccination centers in New York City, vaccinating 3,000 people in one day.

Except for a little bit of soreness, I’m feeling okay.

Now I’m not going to get into a debate with some of you on if you should get the vaccine or not.

It’s up to you and besides, that’s not how the Sports Diva rolls.

DO YOU BOO, but don’t forget the hand sanitizer and the mask,okay?

My second shot, also Pfiser, is going to be in the middle of March.

It’s also going to be at York College.

After much debating, I finally got off my rear end and put my feelings and fears to the side and got the Coronavirus Vaccine.

What took me so long?