This is very helpful by Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-86th); congrats on getting your COVID-19 vaccine…hopefully the rest of us will follow in coming months!
Per the governor’s guidelines, I am keeping safe from and for the patients I treat as a dentist by taking the COVID-19 vaccine. I have been determined to take the vaccine as part of Virginia/Fairfax county government’s plans for phase 1A – Healthcare Personnel.
I got an email a few days ago asking me to call a hotline that gave me an appointment date and time. I got a confirmation email for it. My appointment was today. I got checked in through text message. I then waited my turn in the parking lot. I then was notified by text message that it was my turn. I went to the front of the Fairfax County government center and was in line for a few minutes, then got checked in and followed the signs with the help of many medical volunteers. I was assigned to a station with a nursing student from George Mason University who was to give me the vaccine. They told me that only the Moderna vaccine was available and that I am required to take my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I choose my the arm they wanted to inject me the vaccine in. 10 seconds later I got the vaccine, faster than the time it took to turn a phone on and take the picture below. They gave me a card from the CDC that keeps a COVID-19 vaccination record.
I was asked to wait for 15 minutes to make sure I do not have any symptoms develop. After I finished the wait time, I was allowed to leave.
I only noticed afterwards, but the whole process was free of charge, covered by the government from start to finish, the way our healthcare system should be to all residents of the US.
I do not know the sequence of who gets vaccinated next but I know that we are vaccinating our elderly at nursing homes. I believe that the next group are those above a certain age.
Everyone was patient and ready to go, waiting their turn to get the vaccine.