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Vaccine appointments: This year's toilet paper.
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 31, 2021 06:44PM
I've been remotely (from CA) trying to get my 91 year old mother who lives alone in NYC vaccinated for a few weeks now, and it's been a pretty much impossible task to find any available appointments. Making it worse, the city and state government websites are very poorly designed and you need to go through a huge number of steps just to see that there are no appointments available.

But finally today she got her first dose of Moderna and has an appointment for the second dose in 4 weeks.

This was accomplished in a totally NYC way "I know a guy...", but no rules were violated or laws broken.

On Saturday afternon I got a tip from a good friend of mine that reliable sources said that the vaccine site closest to my mom was unable to administer a lot of doses that day, and it was highly likely that late in the evening they will be opening up a large number of appointments for the next day (today).

So it was like the old days of watching the Apple Refurb store waiting for them to update stock, I kept checking to see if appointments appeared, and after a several hours, Sunday showed up with lots of availablity, 4-6 appointments available for each 10 minute interval until their 6PM closing time.

Then lots of phone calls with my friend and my sister from out of state to see if they could help take mom there and back during one of these times. 4:40 PM was the agreed upon time, some more online paperwork to be completed, and finally received the QR Code needed for admission.


My wife got her first dose of Moderna on Saturday morning, getting that appointment was much easier. I had seen the announcement that the appointment system for the provider we use would be dropping the age requirement from 75+ to 65+ on Jan 20th. So starting at midnight I kept checking the appointment site, but it continued to show 75+. This happened to be Inauguration Day, and during the coverage they updated the system to 65+ and I was able to book an appointment for just 10 days later. And after receiving the shot they made the appointment for the second dose exactly 4 weeks later, pretty much to the minute, they wouldn't let her take a time slot 5 minutes earlier, saying it was too soon.


I'm still trying to make an appointment for myself, I tried to make one for the day of my 65th birthday, but the appointment system doesn't go beyond mid-March and I need a few more months. So I keep checking for my county to transition from Phase 1b to 1c, which is when the age drops to 50 or for appointments to become available on my birthday.
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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 31, 2021 07:04PM
My mother got her first Moderna shot today. Around 11am I got an unexpected phone call from a friend that there had been a number of no-shows at the vaccination center and to bring her in at noon. I was told to expect a letter with her second appointment info, but if it doesn't come to just bring her in after the 28th



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Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 31, 2021 07:47PM
Congrats to NY boroughed Mama. Har work paid off. Sutter has NorCal all f'ed, my condolences. It's a fair bit better down here; at least they let you schedule the second appt any time on it due date. BTW; best subject of the week.
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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 31, 2021 08:48PM
Yeah, we are trying to get our parents an appointment. Ironically enough, it may be easiest to get an appt at Fenway Park, given that they hope to do 1k shots per day there.
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Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 31, 2021 09:05PM
After weeks of futile attempts, finally landed an appointment for wife and I here in the San Fernando Valley tomorrow.
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Posted by: rgG
Date: January 31, 2021 10:12PM
Glad you got your mom her shot.
My 89 year old mom finally got her first shot on the 19th.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Posted by: Janit
Date: January 31, 2021 10:25PM
I got my first Moderna shot today in NJ. It was originally scheduled for tomorrow but the expected show storm prompted them to turn tomorrow into today. Arm is a bit achy, but otherwise fine.
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Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: February 01, 2021 08:49AM
Our county in NC opened up appointment making on Jan. 7th. The phone number was unreachable that day (no surprise), so wife and I drove down to the Board of Health in Asheville and just walked in. Sure, you can make appointments they said and within 10 minutes had appts for the 14th. After the 7th, they began to prohibit coming to the B of H to make appts. But we got our Pfizer shots on the 14th and last week got a call with appts for our second shots this Thursday, exactly 3 weeks later. We feel very fortunate. Others around here are having a much more difficult time. Good luck to you’all out there in Covidland.



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Posted by: Acer
Date: February 01, 2021 08:56AM
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Arm is a bit achy

After my last tetanus shot, the tech recommended that I massage the injection sight thoroughly several times over the next couple of hours. Seemed to help prevent any lasting soreness. The Mrs. didn't get that advice (again, tetanus, not covid vacc), and her arm was sore for a couple days.
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Posted by: rgG
Date: February 01, 2021 01:28PM
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Arm is a bit achy

After my last tetanus shot, the tech recommended that I massage the injection sight thoroughly several times over the next couple of hours. Seemed to help prevent any lasting soreness. The Mrs. didn't get that advice (again, tetanus, not covid vacc), and her arm was sore for a couple days.

They told my friend to move her arm a lot, after her Covid vaccine, to help prevent soreness. I did that to help mine. My arm was pretty sore on day one, but was fine by day three. I did put the heating pad on it the night of day one.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Posted by: Buzz
Date: February 01, 2021 07:49PM
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RgrF
After weeks of futile attempts, finally landed an appointment for wife and I here in the San Fernando Valley tomorrow.

Went thru the same ordeal until the state (CA) system got back us to sign up for the LA County Mega Pods... then everything couldn't have been easier. The weeks of trying to navigate the local, city, county, fire dept., health providers, pharmacies, and every other potential option tested our ability to withstand futility. We signed up for everything, and the state got back to us first. Their link to the county super sites was more streamlined than the county link for the same super sites. Maybe the state had a bigger block of appts available?

Anyway, wham, bam, slam (the needle in), and it was over. 35 minutes from pulling up to the line to get into the facility, to pulling back out of the facility driving home; including the 15 mins wait time after the shot to check for any adverse affects. Of course, after we made our Mega Pod appts, the other entities we signed up with started texting and emailing with their availabilities, and when I checked (just for shiggles), there were only a couple of appts that showed up, and they disappeared online really quickly after I found 'em. Our neighbors scored out in the SFV at the LAFD last week. Gotta get the world vaxed ASAP!
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Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 01, 2021 08:45PM
5 mile line of cars for our appointment today - wife can't be in a car that long, so we start over tomorrow.
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Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 01, 2021 09:26PM
Congrats to you lucky ones.

Picked up our wristbands this afternoon - 2.5 hour process including one hour drive - for a 10am jab in the morning. This was only for folks who got the first dose a month ago at the same place. My wife is going to teach her 9a to 11a class online, her MBP and iPad tethered to her iPhone, as we get our second dose of Moderna.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



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Posted by: rgG
Date: February 02, 2021 12:08PM
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Speedy
Congrats to you lucky ones.

Picked up our wristbands this afternoon - 2.5 hour process including one hour drive - for a 10am jab in the morning. This was only for folks who got the first dose a month ago at the same place. My wife is going to teach her 9a to 11a class online, her MBP and iPad tethered to her iPhone, as we get our second dose of Moderna.

Post back on how that second dose affects you.
We are due on the 18th and I am anticipating we might have more of a not feeling great reaction after shot two than shot one.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Posted by: RgrF
Date: February 02, 2021 12:35PM
IN`n OUT under an hour at San Fernando (using the disabled line-other line looked to be 2-3 hrs)
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Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 04, 2021 02:15AM
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rgG
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Speedy
Congrats to you lucky ones.

Picked up our wristbands this afternoon - 2.5 hour process including one hour drive - for a 10am jab in the morning. This was only for folks who got the first dose a month ago at the same place. My wife is going to teach her 9a to 11a class online, her MBP and iPad tethered to her iPhone, as we get our second dose of Moderna.

Post back on how that second dose affects you.
We are due on the 18th and I am anticipating we might have more of a not feeling great reaction after shot two than shot one.

40 hours out from my second dose of Moderna and only minor pain at the injection area, about the same as the first dose. Nothing that made any difference from the get-go in any activity. We do walk three miles a day which means my arm is moving a fair amount at the shoulder which probably helps keep any soreness down.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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