I live in Pennsylvania which to be frank is one of the slower states to roll out the COVID vaccine. In our state we have a rolled out priority system:
. . . which is currently in Phase 1a, 1b and 1c. I am phase 2 (basically everyone) which should start April 19.
Most of my friends and relatives have already got the vaccine. Most of them are older than me, from another state or have an underlying condition.
Regardless, I met with a couple of well meaning friends 4/1 one of which had a shot and another who was fully vaccinated, and they could NOT believe I could not get a vaccine. One works for a drug store chain and suggested I might be able to get an unused shot at a pharmacy.
THEN this weekend I was at an Easter picnic with my wife’s family, most of whom are from New York or over 75, and most are vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or under 16.
Sometime during this conversation, one of my closest relatives suggested I did not get a shot yet because I “was not TRYING HARD ENOUGH”.
Are you FUCKING kidding me??? I already logged on to a local health care provider, and check once a week, and it is clear they are only vaccinating 1a, 1b and 1c. They are NOT vaccinating 2 YET.
Yes, I tried signing on to a waiting list from another health care provider and a local drug store chain: they will NOT accept my log in because I do not meet the qualifications to be under 1a, b, or c. I’m not over 55, I am not obese, I don’t have diabetes, I don’t smoke blah blah blah.
And NO, I am NOT going to lie and take shot meant for someone else who needs it more.
Finally, NO, I am not hanging out at pharmacies every night 830pm hoping they mention they have have left over doses, or making 500 phone calls or emails to try and find one. Hey if someone calls me and tells me I have 15 minutes to get to the drug store to get a shot or it expires am I there? Of course.
Am I frustrated Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout has been flawed? Of course.
Am I jealous when I see so many friends or family got a shot and I am on the outside looking in?
Not really, I’m happy they got it. And I take a small amount of pride that while I am no Richard Simmons, my health is such that I can step aside and be part of the last group to get a vaccine, even though I am 53.
Soooooo . . . .fuck off, leave me alone, and let me get a vaccine when it is MY FUCKING TURN, I am looking forward to it when it is READY. Otherwise, enjoy YOUR vaccination, and get off my jock!