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billconner
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01/27/2021 02:15PM  
I had signed up with pharmacy in this area for vaccine appointment availability. Got a notice at 2:02 of two days of available appointments - every 5 minutes - 2 pharmacies out of 25 or so around here. Closest is 45 minute drive. Signed up - multiple forms asking for same data - by 2:20 I got myself and my wife an appointment - 1 hr 10 m apart - and all appointments gone.

 
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mutz
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01/27/2021 04:35PM  
My wife called the health department to get our appointments. She sat down and called the number 67 times before she got past the recording and was able to talk to a person, she kept track by marking down every call. She did all this on a Thursday, had our first shot the following Tuesday and get our second on February 9th.
Whatever you have to do, don’t give up, stay on the phone or computer or whatever method you use, eventually you will get through.
As with everything else in life, you have to work a little to get what you want.
 
01/27/2021 08:52PM  
I fully agree with getting vaccinated, but just a warning be prepared to rest for a day or two. It doesn’t happen to everyone but both times my body went into all out attack mode...it is good as it is a sign your body reacted and is developing anti-bodies but for a day or two I felt terrible. Follow the instructions they give you.

In MN the bigger health systems started vaccinating the public behind the scenes a week ago. If your health provider does MyChart or similar that is your fastest route to vaccination. We can’t possibly make 500,000 to 1,000,000 calls we would need to so the initial round of invites to those eligible are going out by mychart via email. It is the fastest way to reach the most people. So make sure you have access or have it set up correctly is my advice.

Calling in to your clinic or Doctor and asking won’t work in the majority of cases, we are overwhelmed with calls and questions and short handed.

Good luck!

T
 
jhb8426
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01/28/2021 01:46AM  
Minnesota started giving them out last week at select locations. They were swamped. So this week they started a lottery system. There were approx 8000 doses available. Over 205,000 people registered for the lottery.

I got an email from my primary clinic at 5:30 today that I was eligible for the vaccine at one of there sites. I tried logging in at 6:45 on mychart and was politely told that traffic on the web site was extremely heavy and to come back later. So I did about 15 minutes later at which time the link to the vaccine registration was gone.
 
billconner
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01/28/2021 06:39AM  
Clearly, the process varies a lot from place to place. Here it seems to be totally the pharmacy. Just have to be eligible by state guidelines.

Curious to learn if reaction to vaccine is different for persons who have had covid and recovered. Of course some say we should be at end of line fir vaccine.
 
inspector13
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01/28/2021 08:02AM  

Just as the vaccines start rolling out, I get the first anaphylactic reaction to something in my life. As I spoke with the triage nurse, I was asked a lot of questions on risks and possible exposure to the virus. I see an Allergist on the 15th.

 
Minnesotian
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01/28/2021 08:32AM  

My parents, in their late 70's, signed up for an appointment on Monday for Friday. They live in a small Minnesota town of 2000 people. Yesterday they were contacted by the clinic and told they could get their shot right now. So, two days ahead of schedule, they got their first one. Just a little bright spot.
 
mutz
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01/28/2021 09:50AM  
Neither my wife or I had any reaction to the first shot, although my wife’s arm was slightly sore the next morning about like flu vaccine. I asked the nurse who gave me my shot, she said they had given almost 1000 shots in two days and nothing more than mild soreness in arm to her knowledge.
 
inspector13
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01/28/2021 10:42AM  

Because of my reaction to some yet unidentified cause, I am now afraid I might have a reaction to the vaccine. I know they watch you, but my reaction may have been biphasic, with a second episode happening 10 hours after the first. Either that or the double dose of Benadryl wore off while I still had an elevated amount of histamines in my system.

 
01/28/2021 08:59PM  
I got my first shot (Pfizer) on January 18th after University of Michigan Hospital contacted me that appointments were available. Spartan1 got his yesterday, at the same location, the "Big House" football stadium. We both have appointments for the second dose, but not the same day. So it will end up being four 50 mile (each way) trips to Ann Arbor, but we are glad to be patients of the U of Michigan Health System so that we got the invitation sooner rather than later. The Henry Ford Hospital in our closest town is going to be doing vaccines, but they don't have enough product yet to make appointments.

I got what I would call a mild reaction. Arm was sore the next day and I was sleepy. I took two naps, and I am not a person who naps during the day. But nothing serious. I just told myself it meant that the vaccine was working. So far Spartan1 says no reaction, so that makes me wonder how he will do. They have told us that he may get less effective protection due to being immune-suppressed.

Thankful to be getting it done. Hoping it means we will be able to see our kids and grandkids again.

 
billconner
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01/29/2021 06:19AM  
Wife and I are in midst of same reactions as Spartan2 from yesterday's jab.
 
01/29/2021 07:10AM  


Just like herding cattle.
 
billconner
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01/29/2021 07:50AM  
Getting an appointment where I live is a little like staying safe from bears. You don't have to be a fast runner, just faster than the slowest. And for 65 and over scheduling covid vaccine, just swifter on keyboard.

What a way to run a country.
 
01/29/2021 08:37AM  
Our main vaccination site is at our civic center, although pharmacies and hospitals are doing them also. No appointments, just walk ins. I haven't heard of anyone taking more than an hour for paperwork, shot and anaphylaxis observation. You may be asked to return the next day if you are near the end of a clinic session and there are not enough people to use a full batch(rare). We are lucky.
 
01/29/2021 09:21AM  

I signed up on my chart today for the vaccination, wondering if I will get some sort of priority because I still do some firefighting and have damaged lungs from 30 years of doing that job.
 
agromero
 
01/29/2021 08:42PM  
This morning I received my 2nd shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. So far, no discomfort. I volunteered for the clinical trial last summer, but was called a couple of weeks ago and informed that they were offering to cross-over the placebo group (which it turns out I was in) to the vaccine. I am age 64, so they were reaching out to us older folks first. My brother in North Carolina had volunteered for the Moderna vaccine trial and received a similar call and has now received both of the Moderna vaccine shots. No problems for him either.
Stay safe,
 
01/30/2021 12:21AM  
Because the vaccination is scheduled through MyChart we now do 1,000 per day or more...no lines. I arrived 30 minutes early...got in immediately...probably took 20 minutes total...fill out paper work, take sweater off, get shot, wait 15 minutes. Back home :)

T
 
thegildedgopher
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02/01/2021 09:38AM  
timatkn: "Because the vaccination is scheduled through MyChart we now do 1,000 per day or more...no lines. I arrived 30 minutes early...got in immediately...probably took 20 minutes total...fill out paper work, take sweater off, get shot, wait 15 minutes. Back home :)


T"


You're a lucky duck. Nothing available on my MyChart at all. "Due to a national vaccine supply shortage, M Health Fairview is only giving COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers, other phase 1A groups, and individuals 75 years of age or older at this time."
 
02/01/2021 10:02PM  
thegildedgopher: "timatkn: "Because the vaccination is scheduled through MyChart we now do 1,000 per day or more...no lines. I arrived 30 minutes early...got in immediately...probably took 20 minutes total...fill out paper work, take sweater off, get shot, wait 15 minutes. Back home :)



T"



You're a lucky duck. Nothing available on my MyChart at all. "Due to a national vaccine supply shortage, M Health Fairview is only giving COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers, other phase 1A groups, and individuals 75 years of age or older at this time.""


We are following CDC/state guidelines for vaccination scheduling. Right now seniors are up first. Sorry wasn’t clear, I was in the first round of health care workers. As I got my 2nd shot it was almost 100% seniors getting their first 1st round shot—-so we are moving through the process. Just saying once they get to your group they are fast.

T
 
02/02/2021 10:53AM  
I am scheduled for the first tomorrow at 12:30. No problem scheduling it online, done in a couple of minutes.

My wife gets her second tomorrow.
 
02/03/2021 09:07PM  
They had my second one scheduled before I went for the first one today. Very organized and efficient. You couldn't go in more than 5 minutes before your appointed time. No walk-ins; scheduled appointments only. They identified and got consent quickly and the line moved right along since they had quite a few people giving the vaccinations. I had my vaccination less than 10 minutes later.
 
02/05/2021 07:28PM  
Got my first today and second will be March 2.
 
jhb8426
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02/08/2021 07:46PM  
I have 4 or 5 doctors associated with one healthcare system in Mpls for what I deem rather serious, compromising issues. I see a dermatologist once a year in another system. Guess who notified me last week that I can get a shot...

I was on line when the email came. Immediately logged on to their my chart. Jumped thru the whoops and the first 3 time slots I tried were already gone. Each time you have to start the whole sign up process over and re-answer all the prelims. Got one on the 4th try for next Wednesday.
 
02/08/2021 09:31PM  
That sounds complicated jhb, I'm pretty sure mine only showed available time slots . . .
 
jhb8426
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02/09/2021 10:08AM  
Yes, I assume those were available but by the time I hit submit they were gone. Then it was back to square one and answer 5 or 6 screening questions.
 
02/09/2021 11:12AM  
Maybe I was just lucky, but no reason you should have to keep answering the same questions . . .
 
billconner
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02/09/2021 06:55PM  
i had to enter same data - medicare and insurance, address, name, etc. - three times: pharmacy, state, and Moderna. Three different forms to fill out.
 
02/09/2021 07:25PM  
I got lucky I looked on line about 1050 PM and all I had to do was say what city-location. Put my local clinic in and I got immediately the 198th of 200 vaccines for two days later. They didn't ask insurance because it was thru my local clinic and they had info.
Others in line that day couldn't believe I got in so easy.
 
schweady
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02/09/2021 07:29PM  
Wife and I got ours scheduled. 1st dose for Thursday and 2nd one for Mar 11, both times done as a set. Thrifty White Pharmacy. Online only. A process that should have been easy, but took 2 hours of effort. It seemed that their website has historically been just a bit of a PR fluff piece and someone decided to drop some JavaScript into a new folder and let folks at it. Crashes, freezes, odd behavior, unfinished business... Not to mention the umpteen over-65 folks I talk to who "don't have me any of that w-w-w stuff..."
 
4keys
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02/09/2021 08:47PM  
So my dad is over 80. He received a letter from his clinic saying he was eligible, but every time he calls, there are no open appointments. He does not have Internet access, and also does not have a cell phone, just a landline (he lives in rural WI with too many dead spots for a cell phone to be helpful). I guess we just wait and hope someone at the clinic checks their lists and calls him before they open it up to those younger than 65.
 
billconner
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02/10/2021 05:17AM  
4keys - can you get your dad an advocate to schedule an appointment?
 
4keys
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02/10/2021 06:22PM  
billconner: "4keys - can you get your dad an advocate to schedule an appointment? "
I'm not sure. I would guess most (all) clinics have advocates, never gave it a thought. I will check into that. Thanks!
 
mutz
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02/10/2021 06:27PM  
My wife and I had our second shots yesterday, neither of us had any reaction of any type. Our next door neighbors had their second shot Monday, same thing no reaction at all. Glad to have it done.
 
02/10/2021 06:33PM  
mutz: "My wife and I had our second shots yesterday, neither of us had any reaction of any type. Our next door neighbors had their second shot Monday, same thing no reaction at all. Glad to have it done."
The hospital actually told us younger people are getting more of a reaction than older people. I guess that is why I had no reaction on my first shot.
 
billconner
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02/10/2021 06:40PM  
Out of curiosity, I had 48 hours of sore arm and overall achy. Moderna. Those that had no reaction, Moderna or Pfzier?
 
02/10/2021 07:15PM  
billconner: "Out of curiosity, I had 48 hours of sore arm and overall achy. Moderna. Those that had no reaction, Moderna or Pfzier?"

Pfzier
 
02/10/2021 07:43PM  
Pinetree: "mutz: "My wife and I had our second shots yesterday, neither of us had any reaction of any type. Our next door neighbors had their second shot Monday, same thing no reaction at all. Glad to have it done."
The hospital actually told us younger people are getting more of a reaction than older people. I guess that is why I had no reaction on my first shot."


Yes that seems to be the trend whether Pfizer or Moderna...my parents had modernat about the same time I had Pfizer...I was miserable they had nothing. Although I do not think I am young...just young compared to my parents ;) All of my younger colleagues from mid 20’s to mid 30’s were just as miserable as I was. No big deal...goes away quickly...the anxiety level of catching it from patients has definitely gone down so worth it.

T
 
02/10/2021 09:31PM  
My wife had no reaction to the first dose of Pfizer vaccine. I had no reaction either. She had headache and tiredness after second dose. I have not had second dose yet. We are both 69.
 
mutz
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02/11/2021 08:28AM  
I am 69 my wife 67, we had Pfizer. Neighbors mid 70’s also Pfizer.
 
outsidethebox
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02/11/2021 07:08PM  
Retired pediatric oncology nurse...first dose tomorrow...Moderna. My wife-Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner got Pfizer a month ago...very low response to first-the second was more symptomatic.
 
02/19/2021 10:49AM  
Interesting article, I'm going to explore this option since I lived on the White Earth Rez for 20 years and still have my cabin there. A friend of mine that lives off the Rez just got his shot through the White Earth Tribe.

NPR article on vaccinations on and near Minnesote's Reservations
 
02/19/2021 10:55AM  
Cook county is very high in getting vaccinations also.
 
Savage Voyageur
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02/19/2021 11:50AM  
I signed up to get my invite to go get the vaccine online yesterday. In Minnesota we are at 65 and older so I need to wait a while.
 
02/19/2021 12:04PM  
I am 71 and get my second March 2
 
billconner
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02/19/2021 06:37PM  
Some pretty credible research reported that if you have had covid, that the second dose is not necessary, no more protection. Having covid and recovered and then one dose is better than just two doses.

So frustrating that the urgency does not allow finding the facts. Could yield another 30m doses, all so desperately needed.

ps: pharmacy rescheduled our second dies to 4 days of later to save vaccine - grouped more on one-day. Good.

 
lindylair
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02/19/2021 06:39PM  
I live in the south metro and am 65 years old. Aside from that I have a couple other high risk factors and I am a (semi) essential worker, managing a busy grocery store and interacting with hundreds of employees and customers a day since the beginning of the pandemic. Don't have the luxury of avoiding people.

I signed up for the pool of over 65 folks the first morning it was available, and again yesterday when Walz announced the new vaccination website, although I suspect it is all the same big pool of people. I check the local places that are supposedly vaccinating people (Wal Mart, Walgreens, etc.) every morning, nope nothing available. My medical provider network, which I like a lot, is still only vaccinating health care workers and people over 75.

Hard to not get frustrated and disillusioned, and wonder when it will finally be available. I get the reasons. I had two of my employees much younger tham ne get their second dose this week and both had reactions, one mild and one pretty strong. They got it because they were primary caregivers for parents in LTC facilities. Makes sense.

The numbers are encouraging but the news on the new variants possibly becoming dominant in the near future makes it all more urgent again. Oh well, just ranting. Hope to get it soon for peace of mind.
 
02/19/2021 07:15PM  
My 75 year old Mom with multiple health issues received her second shot yesterday. No adverse reaction to either shot.

My 76 year old Father with multiple health issues goes in for his second shot next week. He had a sore shoulder for a day after his first shot.
 
NotLight
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02/20/2021 02:45AM  
lindylair: "I live in the south metro and am 65 years old. Aside from that I have a couple other high risk factors and I am a (semi) essential worker, managing a busy grocery store and interacting with hundreds of employees and customers a day since the beginning of the pandemic. Don't have the luxury of avoiding people.

I signed up for the pool of over 65 folks the first morning it was available, and again yesterday when Walz announced the new vaccination website, although I suspect it is all the same big pool of people. I check the local places that are supposedly vaccinating people (Wal Mart, Walgreens, etc.) every morning, nope nothing available. My medical provider network, which I like a lot, is still only vaccinating health care workers and people over 75.

Hard to not get frustrated and disillusioned, and wonder when it will finally be available. I get the reasons. I had two of my employees much younger tham ne get their second dose this week and both had reactions, one mild and one pretty strong. They got it because they were primary caregivers for parents in LTC facilities. Makes sense.

The numbers are encouraging but the news on the new variants possibly becoming dominant in the near future makes it all more urgent again. Oh well, just ranting. Hope to get it soon for peace of mind. "


Things that seem pretty clear at this point:

- There’s no sense of urgency. I think King Solomon would have given the politicians and health care workers their vaccines last.

- Vaccinations are not proceeding based on actual risk of death or serious illness. Demographically, we’re vaccinating young, healthy, white, financially well off females first. Versus, for example, older male hispanic agricultural workers with limited access to computer technology.

- They keep pushing out the dates. First it was March, then April, now July. My prediction is that in July the virus level in the USA will be low, and those unvaccinated will be encouraged to “wait until Fall” for vaccines that cover the “super deadly Caracas variant.”

- There’s tremendous international political pressure to ship our vaccines overseas to “needier” countries. I’m convinced the J&J vaccine will not be available in the USA in large quantities, but rather production reserved for our international partners.

So if you are over 60, or over 40 for that matter, and a frontline job without influence in the DFL, it’s very unlikely you will be vaccinated by October. Most likely November or December. Mask up and do your best. Fortunately, Spring surge or not, case rates this summer through next November are likely to be very low.

 
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