Yesterday was a very good day for me as I was lucky to get my first COVID-19 shot.
In two prior posts, we reflected on COVID-19 vaccinations:
So Lucky to Get My First COVID-19 Shot
Like so many other people, I tried to make an appointment to receive my initial shot for many weeks. Without success. New York has certainly not made it easy. There are different registrations for state sites, county sites, and pharmacy sites. With no advance notice of new appointment availabilty.
For me, it really took a village. Both my family and friends were looking out for me. The first date I booked was in April 2021. Given my health issues, this did not make me very happy. Then, this past Friday (February 5), I got a text from one of my sons-in-law. He found new appointment availability at a location 25 miles from me. I immediately logged in to the county site and made a reservation for yesterday. [Within 10 minutes, the Web site showed no appointments left for any date.]
It was Easy to Receive My First COVID-19 Shot
I had a scheduled time and was allowed into the facility almost immediately. The shot was given by a nurse, took seconds, and was not painful. Because this facility administers the Moderna vaccine, that was what I got. I go back on March 8 for my second shot of the Moderna vaccine.
Why I (We) AM (Are) So Lucky
So far, only about 10% of the U.S. population has received the first shot. It will probably take through the summer for most people to have access to the vaccine. Even within two million vaccinations a day in the U.S., it will still take months to vaccinate everyone will to receive the vaccine.
In other parts of the world, the situation is even more dire. As Katharina Buchholz reports for Statista:
A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that depending on where you live, the road to national inoculation protection against COVID-19 might still be a long one. The report shows that in many locations it will take years before a majority of the adult population has received the vaccine.
Take a look at this chart from Statista.