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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.
 
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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.

 
02/25/2021 04:16PM  
I got my first vaccination 6 hours ago through the White Earth Nation/Rez where I have lived off and on for the last 35 years. So far just a slightly sore shoulder. If I have more symptoms I will post them.
 
02/25/2021 08:34PM  
Had my second Pfizer yesterday - slightly sore arm, brief headache, slight tiredness is about it.
 
OCDave
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02/25/2021 10:17PM  
I am surprised by the sore arm. Both my wife and I are in healthcare and were vaccinated on day 1. The Pfizer vaccine came with a tiny needle and I didn't feel the injection at all.

Neither of us experienced any symptoms, even injection site pain, after shot #1. My wife spiked a low fever and was achy for a day following vaccination #2. A few of my coworkers also described general malaise the day following the second Pfizer shot.

So far, the vaccines are proving extremely safe. I have crossed fingers that they are as effective as suggested by the clinical trials.


 
billconner
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02/26/2021 06:02AM  
We had very sore arms, fever, and achiness after first dose, but we both had had and recovered from covid months before. I wondered if that caused the effect typically associated with the second dose.

Anyone here had a second dose after having and recovering from it?
 
02/26/2021 07:11AM  
Rural North Carolina's vaccine rollout had a slow start, but my wife and I were finally able to get through the BS sign-up system and get appointments. My wife's first vax was a couple weeks ago (she's faster on the computer than I am--the available 200 vaccinations for that week were claimed in TWO minutes!). My first was to be last Friday, but weather impacted delivery and I was rescheduled to yesterday morning. No issue yesterday (Moderna vax), but the arm is a bit sore this morning. We were issued 'COVID vaccination record' cards, which I hope may help open some borders later this year...

TZ
 
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02/26/2021 07:52AM  
My oldest son is a deputy in the sheriffs department, so they get bumped up significantly for vaccination. One curious thing he said is that the people in the department who have had covid already is that the vaccination actually made some of them sick with covid symptoms. One guy even said that the vaccination was worse than the virus. Don't know how accurate that is but it is something I hadn't heard before.

As for me, at age 62 I have to wait a bit. Registered with effing Health Partners, and they said they would notify me when I can get my first shot.
 
Mocha
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02/26/2021 08:44AM  
I know a person who is wary of getting it since both his dad and father-in-law died after getting the flu shot.
 
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02/26/2021 09:56AM  
Bearpath9: "One curious thing he said is that the people in the department who have had covid already is that the vaccination actually made some of them sick with covid symptoms. One guy even said that the vaccination was worse than the virus."

I have heard this from several other sources, including my father who is a family practice doctor. This is the main reason I am wary of getting the vaccine just yet. I also know that I don’t need it yet since my antibody levels are still high. They are measured every week when I give plasma.
 
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02/26/2021 12:14PM  
My Dad is old enough that he has had his second shot. He said no effect from the first shot, but the second one put him on his back for 36 hours. He said it was like the worst flu he has ever had. Makes sense that those who have already had it have a similar response to the first shot.
 
jhb8426
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02/26/2021 02:31PM  
I got mine through Health Partners. Very smooth operation, in and out in 20 minutes. Get the second next Wednesday.

My wife got her first yesterday at HyVee in Brooklyn Park. Very unorganized operation. Took over an hour. They scheduled 5 or 6 people in a time slot and had one person giving shots. They give it at their pharmacy and everyone goes to the same window regardless of if you're picking up a prescription or getting vaccinated.
 
02/28/2021 07:41AM  
Susan, 67, is 1a working in acute care hospital setting and got Pfizer the first week. I, 74, am 1b as healthcare provider in outpatient setting and got the Moderna. We both had mild injection site discomfort. I had some loss of stamina, but it was also sub zero that week.
I used the county health department website. The protocols were simple to follow and when I got in line with the herd we moved along quickly...much better than at the driver's license station.
My sense the problem was with supply and distribution and that seems to be resolving. The other big problem is the human capacity to embellish and spread rumors, and it does not seem to be resolving.
 
billconner
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03/02/2021 11:59AM  
Got second dose yesterday, more like third since I had and recovered from virus in September. Wow, Chills, sweats, achiness, severe headache, very sore arm. Stayed in bed till noon and still dragging. I can only hope the immunity lasts a long time. Moderna for those keeping track.
 
03/02/2021 12:51PM  
billconner: "Got second dose yesterday, more like third since I had and recovered from virus in September. Wow, Chills, sweats, achiness, severe headache, very sore arm. Stayed in bed till noon and still dragging. I can only hope the immunity lasts a long time. Moderna for those keeping track."
Got my second this morning. No pain or anything yet or no reaction from others sitting around for their required 15 minutes. My has been 4 hours. Pfizer for me.
My clinic is giving 513 shots today. Really ramping up
 
lindylair
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03/04/2021 07:35PM  
After my rant two weeks ago and a continued feeling of being bypassed by the system, i finally got an appointment today. Going Saturday for my first shot which I thought was Pfizer or Moderna but turns out it is the J & J shot which only requires one dose. Mixed feelings initially about that but after some research I am feeling pretty darn good about it.

Seems like the approval of the J&J shot is going to be a game changer after all. Good Luck all who are seeking a shot, feels like they are going to become much more available soon. Looking forward to relative peace of mind. Don't expect my behaviors to change much in the short term but that's okay. Feels like we are going to get there fairly soon!!
 
03/05/2021 07:18PM  
I was told after I got my second shot and my card has been stamped twice, it may come in handy and needed to get into certain events, places or maybe crossing the Canada border. So keep your proof of shots handy.
 
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03/06/2021 10:18AM  
lindylair: "After my rant two weeks ago and a continued feeling of being bypassed by the system, i finally got an appointment today. Going Saturday for my first shot which I thought was Pfizer or Moderna but turns out it is the J & J shot which only requires one dose. Mixed feelings initially about that but after some research I am feeling pretty darn good about it.


Seems like the approval of the J&J shot is going to be a game changer after all. Good Luck all who are seeking a shot, feels like they are going to become much more available soon. Looking forward to relative peace of mind. Don't expect my behaviors to change much in the short term but that's okay. Feels like we are going to get there fairly soon!! "


There seemed to be quite a bit of trepidation with the rollout of the J&J. It's advantages are a single dose and ease of transport and delivery that requires refrigerator temps.

And now that people are realizing that the J&J vaccine has nearly 100% efficacy against severe Covid disease, (i.e., hospitalization/ICU and potential death), it will be a game-changer, here in the U.S. and perhaps globally....

As for me, I get my second dose of Pfizer this Friday at our local high school...yippee!!
 
jhb8426
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03/07/2021 10:11PM  
Had my 2nd dose (Phizer) on Wednesday of last week. Really a non-event. Had more discomfort from getting a tooth pulled yesterday.
 
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03/10/2021 07:34AM  
PineKnot: "lindylair: "After my rant two weeks ago and a continued feeling of being bypassed by the system, i finally got an appointment today. Going Saturday for my first shot which I thought was Pfizer or Moderna but turns out it is the J & J shot which only requires one dose. Mixed feelings initially about that but after some research I am feeling pretty darn good about it.



Seems like the approval of the J&J shot is going to be a game changer after all. Good Luck all who are seeking a shot, feels like they are going to become much more available soon. Looking forward to relative peace of mind. Don't expect my behaviors to change much in the short term but that's okay. Feels like we are going to get there fairly soon!! "



There seemed to be quite a bit of trepidation with the rollout of the J&J. It's advantages are a single dose and ease of transport and delivery that requires refrigerator temps.


And now that people are realizing that the J&J vaccine has nearly 100% efficacy against severe Covid disease, (i.e., hospitalization/ICU and potential death), it will be a game-changer, here in the U.S. and perhaps globally....


As for me, I get my second dose of Pfizer this Friday at our local high school...yippee!!"


I just got my first dose of Pfizer, but J&J's vaccine would have been fine.

Say, Pineknot, is Pinetree your father?
 
03/10/2021 01:21PM  
My County(Crow Wing-MN) is at 70% of age 65+ having one shot at least.

 
Boppasteveg
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03/12/2021 09:48AM  
I work with adults who have traumatic brain injuries and other mental health diagnoses so I qualified as a health care worker. I went through MyChart and have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. For a full 24 hours after dose 2 it felt like I'd been broadsided by a Mack truck! But after that (two weeks) there were no additional side effects.
 
03/16/2021 11:52AM  
63 years old, here, and hypertensive, but not in a priority group to my knowledge. Got first Pfizer shot today, having applied through MyChart. My area has been making good progress, so they are just moving into the under-65, lower priority population. I was very impressed with the organization (but then, live in area of a major university hospital) and how many people they were moving efficiently.
 
03/16/2021 11:59AM  
rtallent: "63 years old, here, and hypertensive, but not in a priority group to my knowledge. Got first Pfizer shot today, having applied through MyChart. My area has been making good progress, so they are just moving into the under-65, lower priority population. I was very impressed with the organization (but then, live in area of a major university hospital) and how many people they were moving efficiently."

Most areas got the protocol down now and it moves very fast. Just need the shots and people willing to take them. Its sad were going to have a segment of the population not take them because of political reasons so they will keep the virus live for decades and cause restrictions to stay around.
Many countries because restrictions were followed very strictly. They knocked the virus to almost non existent and they now moved to no masks or restrictions because they wiped it out for now at least. We keep the fire going.
 
Savage Voyageur
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03/18/2021 05:50PM  
I just got an email yesterday that I’m next for the shot. Absolutely zero shots available in my area. I need to go 50 miles next week to Minneapolis. Crazy
 
yellowcanoe
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03/18/2021 07:30PM  
Savage Voyageur: "I just got an email yesterday that I’m next for the shot. Absolutely zero shots available in my area. I need to go 50 miles next week to Minneapolis. Crazy "

just doo it. I had to travel 120 miles each way. And have to do it again in two weeks. But the first shot hit me like a ton of bricks. I am afraid that with the second shot I will fall asleep and just drive into a tree.
 
blutofish1
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03/19/2021 09:15AM  
I got my first shot on the 4th of March and get the 2nd shot on April fools day. No side effects except the injection site a little sore. They said I would be 80 % protected 2 weeks after 1st shot.
 
03/19/2021 03:31PM  
I am scheduled for the J&J tomorrow. One and done.

After having Covid I guess there is a better than fair chance of having side effects because of my natural antibodies reacting with the vaccine. Can't wait.
 
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03/28/2021 07:16AM  
Get vaccinated ASAP. The NYT reports: "The patients began arriving at hospitals in Porto Alegre, Brazil far sicker and younger than before."

I fear the virus has mutated to kill faster and younger.
 
yellowcanoe
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03/28/2021 08:30AM  
missmolly: "Get vaccinated ASAP. The NYT reports: "The patients began arriving at hospitals in Porto Alegre, Brazil far sicker and younger than before."


I fear the virus has mutated to kill faster and younger. "


worth reading. No paywall. Its not pretty heartbreaking
 
03/28/2021 11:40AM  
airmorse: "I am scheduled for the J&J tomorrow. One and done.


After having Covid I guess there is a better than fair chance of having side effects because of my natural antibodies reacting with the vaccine. Can't wait."


The morning I was supposed to get the shot I received an email that someone had made a mistake and I would be getting the Moderna vaccine. I canceled the appointment.

So I wait.
 
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03/28/2021 12:17PM  
I wear it because It's a lot easier to swim my canoe to the shore. I paddle an Advantage . Reentering the canoe on the water is next to impossible. Once I get back into my canoe I'll go get the pack. Tag Error In Message
 
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03/29/2021 07:22AM  
airmorse: "airmorse: "I am scheduled for the J&J tomorrow. One and done.



After having Covid I guess there is a better than fair chance of having side effects because of my natural antibodies reacting with the vaccine. Can't wait."



The morning I was supposed to get the shot I received an email that someone had made a mistake and I would be getting the Moderna vaccine. I canceled the appointment.


So I wait."


Make better decisions.
 
03/29/2021 07:24AM  
Received my 1st about a week ago. Mychart (here in MN) contacted my email and I was able to more or less schedule for that upcoming weekend. I only had a sore arm although I did get a bit of tinnitus Friday night. That was around 6 days later. I don't know if the two are related but the episode passed quickly. Second shot will be given mid-April. It'll be nice to get this over with.
 
03/30/2021 05:54PM  
outsidethebox: "airmorse: "airmorse: "I am scheduled for the J&J tomorrow. One and done.



After having Covid I guess there is a better than fair chance of having side effects because of my natural antibodies reacting with the vaccine. Can't wait."




The morning I was supposed to get the shot I received an email that someone had made a mistake and I would be getting the Moderna vaccine. I canceled the appointment.



So I wait."



Make better decisions."


My decision to get the J&J is based on the fact that I am required by law to not work for two days after I receive the vaccine. The concern is side effects and the type of work I do.

I do not want to take a total of 6 days off of work.

I also would prefer to have the J&J because it does not have to be stored at such a cold temperature.

 
dschult2
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04/01/2021 08:56AM  
Just got my second Pfizer dose yesterday. So far no ill effects and even less of a sore arm than the first dose. I've got my vaccination card all laminated and ready to show to the Canadian border agent:-)
 
blutofish1
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04/01/2021 02:34PM  
Just had my 2nd Moderna shot 35 minutes ago. Hoping no side effects will occur.
 
04/01/2021 02:49PM  
Good luck and great you finished this. I get my 2nd Moderns in the middle of this month. Hoping for no appreciable side-effects as well.
 
yellowcanoe
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04/01/2021 05:32PM  
you guys should celebrate if you get side effects (if you have time to take off). Means your immune system is primed to fight.

I get my second Pfizer next week and am hoping for a "spa" day. Shot 1 had a moderate effect.
 
04/01/2021 05:42PM  
I don't know if it still holding,but Minnesota reported ZERO deaths at nursing homes a while back. Shot works.

Today I see 4 deaths at Long Term care facility,
 
andym
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04/01/2021 06:26PM  
California just went to 50+ today and we lucked into appointments for J&J tomorrow. Truly lucked in. It took trying at multiple times starting before midnight last night and I was looking at the state system, two health care systems, 3 pharmacies, and a grocery store. Couldn't find an appointment when the cat decided to wake us up by puking in the middle of the night. Did work when the garbage trucks woke us up. Did not work for a colleague who tried at the same time we tried. It's a very capricious system. I feel very lucky. And the cat didn't even puke that much.
 
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04/01/2021 06:33PM  
Can I just say that I find it insane and preposterous that a person should have to bend over backwards in the middle of the night to secure an appointment for a medically necessary vaccination? I mean what year is it and what country is this, where people have to get on freaking Walmart.com at midnight and battle virtual hordes for a dose of a vaccine that should be available to all? I know these are unprecedented times but this is pure insanity to me. This isn’t cyber Monday where you’re on ten different sites trying to score a freaking Nintendo, it’s essential medical care! Even with COVID testing the system was much simpler. We called our own medical provider, the one we pay thousands to for coverage and care, and they told us exactly where and when to get tested. How did we get from that to “My cousin got a hot tip that Hy-Vee 50 miles from here is getting a shipment of Moderna this Thursday at 3am.” It’s a vaccine, not a pork roast?

Sorry for the rant but I just do not understand how we got here. Yes the pandemic is new and unique. But it’s not like we lack a system for medical care in this country?
 
04/01/2021 06:56PM  
thegildedgopher: "Can I just say that I find it insane and preposterous that a person should have to bend over backwards in the middle of the night to secure an appointment for a medically necessary vaccination? I mean what year is it and what country is this, where people have to get on freaking Walmart.com at midnight and battle virtual hordes for a dose of a vaccine that should be available to all? I know these are unprecedented times but this is pure insanity to me. This isn’t cyber Monday where you’re on ten different sites trying to score a freaking Nintendo, it’s essential medical care! Even with COVID testing the system was much simpler. We called our own medical provider, the one we pay thousands to for coverage and care, and they told us exactly where and when to get tested. How did we get from that to “My cousin got a hot tip that Hy-Vee 50 miles from here is getting a shipment of Moderna this Thursday at 3am.” It’s a vaccine, not a pork roast?


Sorry for the rant but I just do not understand how we got here. Yes the pandemic is new and unique. But it’s not like we lack a system for medical care in this country?"


It is actually a pretty simple process. Your health care provider will contact when you are up for a shot based on availability. There are something like 6 million people inn MN and only so many qualified people to give vaccinations...plus those health care providers are doing other jobs...such as fighting COVID. So to give injections faster the state has set up vaccination centers...once again a pretty simple process. Register online...when a shot is available they message you. I know my Health system is doing a 1,000/day—-that’s pretty fast and efficient but that still isn’t fast enough.

To speed things up the government is using pharmacies to give vaccines too. Alert the media...the Lindbergh baby is missing...vaccines are in short supply...so the pharmacies get like a 20 or none or 100 doses per day. The priority of shipments goes to mass vaccination centers not the pharmacies—it’s essentially what they can’t handle...Within minutes after putting those
dose appointments online they get snapped up. They get deliveries at all times of day...hence you have the people online reporting “there are appointments available here...now over here...etc...” Most of that online chatter you hear though such as you referenced above is fake BTW...The pharmacy route is less “fair” but we need to get doses out ASAP...so better than less doses getting out.

There are very few countries our size and population that is even close to as fast as we are doing on the vaccine roll out so cut the Medical community/system some slack.

T

 
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04/01/2021 07:26PM  
timatkn: "thegildedgopher: "Can I just say that I find it insane and preposterous that a person should have to bend over backwards in the middle of the night to secure an appointment for a medically necessary vaccination? I mean what year is it and what country is this, where people have to get on freaking Walmart.com at midnight and battle virtual hordes for a dose of a vaccine that should be available to all? I know these are unprecedented times but this is pure insanity to me. This isn’t cyber Monday where you’re on ten different sites trying to score a freaking Nintendo, it’s essential medical care! Even with COVID testing the system was much simpler. We called our own medical provider, the one we pay thousands to for coverage and care, and they told us exactly where and when to get tested. How did we get from that to “My cousin got a hot tip that Hy-Vee 50 miles from here is getting a shipment of Moderna this Thursday at 3am.” It’s a vaccine, not a pork roast?



Sorry for the rant but I just do not understand how we got here. Yes the pandemic is new and unique. But it’s not like we lack a system for medical care in this country?"



It is actually a pretty simple process. Your health care provider will contact when you are up for a shot based on availability. There are something like 6 million people inn MN and only so many qualified people to give vaccinations...plus those health care providers are doing other jobs...such as fighting COVID. So to give injections faster the state has set up vaccination centers...once again a pretty simple process. Register online...when a shot is available they message you. I know my Health system is doing a 1,000/day—-that’s pretty fast and efficient but that still isn’t fast enough.


To speed things up the government is using pharmacies to give vaccines too. Aler the media...the Lindbergh baby is missing...vaccines are in short supply...so the pharmacies get like a 20 or none or 100 doses per day. Within minutes after putting those
dose appointments online they get snapped up. They get deliveries at all times of day...hence you have the people online reporting “there are appointments available here...now over here...etc...” Most of that online chatter you hear though such as you referenced above is fake BTW...The pharmacy route is less “fair” but we need to get doses out ASAP...so better than less doses getting out.


There is no country our size and population that is even close to as fast as we are doing on the vaccine roll out so cut the Medical community some slack.


T


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I didn’t mean to dump on the medical community, more like questioning why we can’t just leave this whole thing to the medical community and have it properly regulated so that people can simply deal with their providers.

Maybe I am spoiled but for the amount of money we pay for health insurance and access to care every year, it seems insane that my wife had to go to Bloomingdales in the Mall of America via a tip she got from a fellow teacher. She still hasn’t received any outreach from anyone in the medical community. Signed up for ALL the lists, no contact. My guess is she’d still be waiting?

I’m on all the lists as well. I qualify for the vaccine in MN. It’s easy to say “just wait for the call” but harder to ignore all the chatter that there are vaccines and appointments available NOW if you are resourceful enough to find them. I’m not accustomed to having to shop for my healthcare. I just want to call the company I’ve contracted to handle my healthcare, and have them handle it.
 
thegildedgopher
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04/01/2021 07:33PM  
Oops
 
billconner
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04/01/2021 07:48PM  
US is 19 according to https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations

In NY, anyone 30 and over is eligible. Somewhere over 30% with st least one dose.

And it was reported J&J had to trash 15 million because of a "human error". Near half of Canada needs. I wonder if that guy has a job tomorrow.
 
04/01/2021 08:00PM  
billconner: "US is 19 according to https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations


In NY, anyone 30 and over is eligible. Somewhere over 30% with st least one dose.


And it was reported J&J had to trash 15 million because of a "human error". Near half of Canada needs. I wonder if that guy has a job tomorrow."


US is anywhere between 1st to 6th in the world according to your link—depending on the stat...Israel and Chile are ahead of us in total/full vaccinations per capita is the stat I think is the most important.

I agree someone will lose their job, luckily for MN none of those vaccinations were headed for us so won’t affect our supply allegedly.


Thegildedgopher...I do get the frustration. I was in the first round, and my wife is eligible now. There are just so many people that are still on the initial lists in the Twin Cities that still need vaccinations. It’s going to take a long time to work through the lists. It isn’t a completely fair process, but it is meant to be as fast as possible. The more people and the faster rollout helps everyone be protected even the unvaccinated.

T
 
billconner
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04/02/2021 05:41AM  
To see all countries of the world, click "table" and click the latest date to sort from high to low. The "chart" view does not display all the countries.
 
yellowcanoe
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04/02/2021 07:32AM  
billconner: "US is 19 according to https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations


In NY, anyone 30 and over is eligible. Somewhere over 30% with st least one dose.


And it was reported J&J had to trash 15 million because of a "human error". Near half of Canada needs. I wonder if that guy has a job tomorrow."


Canada is using Astra Zeneca. J and J doesn't even begin to ship there until the end of April.

Come April 7 anyone over 16 can get a vaccine here. Lots of places have opened up and the Hunger Games approach to scoring an appointment is no longer needed.
 
inspector13
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04/02/2021 07:50AM  

I think my name went back to the bottom of the state health department’s list. There was no way I could make a 220 mile round trip on a workday to get vaccinated.

 
thegildedgopher
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04/02/2021 08:44AM  
yellowcanoe: "Come April 7 anyone over 16 can get a vaccine here. Lots of places have opened up and the Hunger Games approach to scoring an appointment is no longer needed."

We opened to 16+ in Minnesota about a week ago. The Hunger Games approach is still very much alive, let me assure you!
 
billconner
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04/02/2021 09:29AM  
NY opens to 16 tomorrow, but onl Pfizer is approved for 16 and 17 year old, and NY, at least upstate, has only received Moderna, so not happening yet at least inin my area.
 
yellowcanoe
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04/02/2021 10:07AM  
inspector13: "
I think my name went back to the bottom of the state health department’s list. There was no way I could make a 220 mile round trip on a workday to get vaccinated.

"


That is an insane distance to have to travel. We were camping out west so when our age group opened Jan 15 there was no way we could make an appointment as bookings were only a week ahead. We got home March 10 and in a dusty rest area in KY I fumbled with my phone and grabbed the first open appointment I saw. Of course it was 120 miles from home but we being retired made a day trip out of it. Working folks don't have that luxury. Hopefully vaccy places like the grocery store open to you soon. They did here. I am vaccinated and now four weeks later it seems I can go to my local weed store and even get vaccinated. JK about those stores( and they are indeed popping up like weeds) but every Walmart and grocery and pharmacy is vaccinating.
The evolving "rules" don't help allay confusion either.
 
inspector13
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04/02/2021 10:57AM  

They are opening another community vaccination site only three miles from my house. This location is still not listed on the state’s vaccine locator website as of today, but the MN Health Department e-mailed my 29 year old niece yesterday for a vaccine appointment there tomorrow afternoon.

I’m sure I got bumped when I didn’t jump at my chance when I was “randomly selected”. The last time I was contacted was March 26th, the day after I ended my registration once I saw the only appointments available for me were in Mankato MN on March 30th. That e-mail contact only informed me that vaccines were becoming available for all persons 16 and older.

So far here, pharmacies and stores like Walmart are still prioritizing those 65 and older. I’m 60.

 
thegildedgopher
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04/02/2021 11:20AM  
I worked pretty relentlessly the last 2 days and got an appt for next week. It wasn't an easy process and required a lot of try, try again. I ended up finding one through Fairvew's MyChart website which felt a lot better than getting vaccinated at a wal-mart or hy-vee.
 
andym
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04/02/2021 06:25PM  
We got vaccinated in the parking lot of the Oakland Coliseum today. A winding line of cars guided by National Guard troops into 18 lanes under 4 huge tent structures. Each lane held several cars at a time with 1 or more people per car getting shots. Super efficient, well organized, and staffed by friendly folks. As a friend said, “it made me proud to be an American.” So there are good parts of this roll out.
 
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04/03/2021 08:00AM  
Canada is using vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

AZ is being employed on those between 55 and 64 years of age in Ontario. 65 and up are getting Pfizer or Moderna. One shot only for now. Next scheduled shot is four months away.

The older folks get the Chardonnay and the younger ones get the house plonk :)
 
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04/03/2021 08:17AM  
Getting the Pfizer on 15 April at Health Partners Apple Valley. 2 days before my 86 year old mother in law. That is another story.
 
billconner
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04/03/2021 08:47AM  
Some interesting info on reactions to vaccine: Vaccine Reaction
 
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04/03/2021 07:39PM  
I got the J&J, one shot and done, on Thursday, April 1st. I felt groggy that evening at work, and had a bit of fog in the brain. The next morning I woke up feeling extremely fatigued, and had a bit of a queasy stomach. These lasted most of the day. This morning, (Saturday) everything was fine.
 
nofish
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04/03/2021 11:01PM  
thegildedgopher: "I worked pretty relentlessly the last 2 days and got an appt for next week. It wasn't an easy process and required a lot of try, try again. I ended up finding one through Fairvew's MyChart website which felt a lot better than getting vaccinated at a wal-mart or hy-vee."

Similar experience for my wife and I. We had been holding off on the vaccine just to let others at more risk have more chance to get one but after seeing so many in our peer group getting the Vax we started the hunt. Took a few days with the first day wasted by having to learn all the systems and tricks. Finally found one through Dakota County for both of us. Wife gets Moderna on Monday and I get J&J on Friday.

Gives me hope to see people getting the vaccine but still know way too many people not getting them for what typically amounts to political reasons. It's frustrating to see something so important get politicized so badly.

 
andym
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04/04/2021 10:04PM  
My wife and I both got J&J on Friday. I had almost all of the classic side effects: headache, muscle aches, fatigue, low grade fever, nausea, ... just feeling generally crappy for 36 hours. She had a tiny bit of a headache and a touch of fatigue. Just glad to have it done.
 
04/07/2021 01:03PM  
Round one pfizer yesterday...shoulder sore today.
 
Canoearoo
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04/09/2021 04:00PM  
I don't know how you all are getting these appointments. For my age I can't find a vaccine anywhere.
 
billconner
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04/09/2021 07:23PM  
My 29 yr old son got appt in Indiana for first dose in mid April. 16 year olds are getting appointments around us in NY.
 
Canoearoo
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04/15/2021 11:02AM  
Every place I look is full. Even though Mn is open to 16 and up, the clinics are still doing people 50 an up. You can try and get on a lottery I'm thinking maybe by May?
 
nofish
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04/15/2021 11:10AM  
If you in the Twin Cities or don't mind traveling check out Dakota County Public Health. They are running some vaccination sites and this is where my wife and I and several friends were able to get vaccinated. It sounds like they release appointments on Fridays at 1pm for the next week but you may find open appointments at any time.

Dakota County Vaccine Appointments

Otherwise I've had friends find vaccination appointments using the Thrifty White Drug store website, CVS, Costco, etc. There is a vaccine connector website that helps search all of these places in one spot or you can search each one by one. The systems are not great and they take a ton of time to search even with the connector website but if you're willing to drive you can usually find something in Minnesota, it just might be a few hours away.

Finding a vaccine right now in Minnesota is possible for anyone 16 or older but it does take some effort, a fair amount of time, and some luck.
 
billconner
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04/15/2021 05:38PM  
I was picking up prescriptions at local pharmacy and they were asking gor anyone not vacinnated if they wanted to be, otherwise they were tossing 3. 33 appointments, leaves 36 doses unfrozen. And only 2 miles from Canada.
 
04/15/2021 08:14PM  
Canoearoo: "Every place I look is full. Even though Mn is open to 16 and up, the clinics are still doing people 50 an up. You can try and get on a lottery I'm thinking maybe by May?"

It’s still tough. Make sure you register with your county, the state, and make sure you can be notified through your health provider online usually through MyChart. If you don’t have a MyChart or equivalent set one up.

You can also look online to Pharmacies. It is really luck to get one of these. My wife woke up and couldn’t sleep on Sunday night last week. Logged on to CVS and boom Delano had 10 appts. Pure luck. She got vaccinated on Friday last week.

Also can use this guys website. It helps people connect to pharmacy’s that have the vaccine. He is doing it just out of the enjoyment of helping others. There are still so few doses even his site is tough.
Vaccine spotter
 
04/16/2021 08:14AM  
I received my second dose last Friday. I was able to get in because I work in agricultural equipment. I had an appointment for my first dose before it was opened up to anyone over 16 and I think that made it much easier to get an appointment.

I live down in Mankato and had my appointment through Mayo. Same for pretty much my whole family. My advice for anyone looking to get vaccinated is to be very active about it. You can wait for someone to contact you with an appointment, OR you can keep calling in and go for an appointment yourself. I encourage everyone call in and keep trying until you have your appointment. It is going to take a long time if you wait for them to come to you, you have to go to them.
 
afromaniac
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04/18/2021 08:21AM  
FEMA has a mass site open in Eau claire, WI that is open to literally everyone across the country 16+, even the undocumented. Pfizer. Right now they are giving doses 3-7PM Tuesday thru Saturday but in two weeks they will be open all day.

They take walk ins as well. It is easiest to register in advance at https://vaccinate.wi.gov. If you can’t do it from home they bring the webpage up when you arrive and get you in.

vaccinate.wi.gov

 
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04/22/2021 04:56AM  
In NY, 60 and over can just walk in. Appointments still needed for 16 to 59 year olds. Over 40% with one dose, just under 30% fully vacinnated.
 
Teddy
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04/22/2021 07:24AM  
Someone recently stated that many of those who are fully vaccinated are getting the virus. Anyone out there have any data on this topic?
 
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04/22/2021 07:57AM  
Teddy: "Someone recently stated that many of those who are fully vaccinated are getting the virus. Anyone out there have any data on this topic?"

Define many.

Yes people who are vaccinated are still get covid, vaccinations are not 100% effective. If you vaccinated 1000 people with a 90% effective vaccine 100 of those people will still get covid.

Another thing to look at with those vaccinated people who still get covid is how severe are their symptoms? The vaccines help reduce the severity of illness for those who do get it.
 
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04/22/2021 08:02AM  
If anyone in or near the Twin Cities is looking for a vaccine check out the Dakota County Public Health site. I posted a link further up in the thread. I heard yesterday that they had several hundred open appointments they were looking to fill.
 
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04/22/2021 09:17PM  
nofish: "If anyone in or near the Twin Cities is looking for a vaccine check out the Dakota County Public Health site. I posted a link further up in the thread. I heard yesterday that they had several hundred open appointments they were looking to fill. " that drive is to far for me. But Thank you for posting it.
 
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