I’m boosted

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I got my booster shot of the Moderna vaccine yesterday. There’s so little demand for the booster here that I was able to schedule it at will at the CVS Pharmacy within walking distance of my house. When I got the initial two doses, demand was so high that in order for me to wait only a couple weeks, rather than a couple months, I had to schedule them at a Walmart 15 miles away.

I feel pretty good today. The area around the vaccination site (my upper left arm) is sore, and I’m a little more fatigued than normal. I’m taking it easy today, but if I had to I could put in a full day and be fine.

As I’ve written before, I’ve returned to more or less a normal life, going to events and restaurants and such. I live in a red state with no government mask requirement. Among the places I’ve gone in Indianapolis and Zionsville, most stores strongly recommending masks and a small number require them. Some event venues require proof of vaccination and some don’t; some require masks and some merely recommend them. Bars and restaurants here neither require nor recommend masks.

I wavered briefly on masking, in large part because of poor mask compliance in the places I go. It felt pointless to mask up when hardly anybody else was doing it. But after rethinking it, I’m back to following recommendations and requirements in the places I go.

COVID-19 isn’t done with Indiana yet. Here’s the latest positive cases graph.

Source: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, November 27, 2021

New vaccinations have stalled in Indiana. When I last wrote about it in early September, just over 3 million Hoosiers were fully vaccinated. Now it’s 3.4 million fully vaccinated against a state population of 6.7 million.

Source: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/2680.htm, November 27, 2021

I’m still working from home most days. I average about one day a week in the office, usually Tuesday. I thought surely by now I would have added more in-office days to my schedule. But on a normal day in the office, I encounter five or six other people in a company of about 150 employees. As a result, I spend my whole day on Zoom no matter where I work from. Might as well skip the commute!


31 responses to “I’m boosted”

  1. Peggy Avatar

    I have mine soon and it seems just at the right time for Europe. As for masks, I have to wear one everyday in school. Now it is winter it is keeping me warmer, like wearing a balaclava.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I noticed last winter on my walks that my mask kept my sensitive teeth from hurting!

  2. brineb58 Avatar

    I got mine a few weeks back, definitely went well … no pain or side effects like my 2nd Moderna shot, so i am happy!!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I had a fatigued morning but as this day wears on I’m feeling more and more normal.

  3. kodachromeguy Avatar

    My wife and I had our Moderna boosters with absolutely no soreness or other effects. And of course we got our boosters as soon as we were eligible.

    It is sobering to estimate the number of anti-vaxxers who will die miserable deaths from Covid in 2021 following the time when vaccines were readily available in USA. Figure 7 months from June through December, about 210 days. 1000 deaths per day, or which 90% are anti-vax (as per many reports from doctors on the front lines). About 190,000 victims? Guess which party most of them would vote for? It’s a bizarre political strategy to kill off your most fervent followers.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’d love to better understand the psychology of a person who votes for a party that minimally does nothing for them, and in some cases actually acts against them.

      1. Scott Bennett Avatar
        Scott Bennett

        Why would I want a political party to do stuff for me? Stay out of my way and let me do for myself, thanks. Not that I oppose a modest “safety net”. Even well-intentioned policies come with a host of negative effects. And cynical pandering and condescension can actively harm those who are supposedly being helped.

        1. Scott Bennett Avatar
          Scott Bennett

          As for the subject at hand, I am vaccinated and I also just got my booster. I am, however, against vaccine mandates. It seems to be the policy of everyone from Dr. Fauci on down to simply treat those skeptical of vaccines as total idiots. They have done an abysmal job of explaining why we should trust the vaccines. Claiming to represent “the science” does nothing.

  4. Khürt Williams Avatar

    I’m in Ohio dropping my daughter back to college after thanksgiving in New Jersey. 6 million of the 9.4 million residents of New Jersey are vaccinated. Ohio is 6 million out of 11 million residents vaccinated. 🤷🏾‍♂️

    This is the first time time I’ve felt I needed a face-mask in public.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Ohio has a higher vax percentage than Indiana!

  5. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Congrats on your Booster! I got my 2 Pfizers in February, then my booster about 3 weeks ago, with my regular flu shot the week before that. I know you could have got them at the same time, but why put up with two sore arms? No ill effects at all, except for the sore arm.

    Kodachromeguy has got it correct, we’ve been saying this since the beginning. A real “Darwinian” moment for the republicans. Wisconsin has had a surge in the last month or so, with daily cases exceeding 4,000 per day, practically all from the heavily republican neo-con rural counties in the north and northwest (no urban areas), all un-vaxxed.

    I still wear my mask everywhere, and plan to wear it in the winter, going into public places, for the rest of my life! I haven’t even gotten into my new pack of 50 yet. The lack of any of the usual winter illnesses that I usually get from people’s “germ-factory” kids is worth wearing that mask!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And yet somehow the Republican base is unwaveringly loyal. Yeesh.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Interesting article in todays NYT about people “ripping” the dead anti-vaxxers on web-sites. They all have a point, and people need to hear this, but still a little too mean for me…


        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Agreed, a little too mean. We should have compassion, or maybe just pity, for those so deluded.

        2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

          Here is that same article on Yahoo in case you do not have an account on the New York Times:


  6. brandib1977 Avatar

    I got my booster yesterday as well. I woke up with fever and chills but can’t tell if that’s a side effect or just part of the cold I developed on Thanksgiving day. Either way, I’m thrilled to have the booster and wish more of my fellow Ohioans would get with the program. I actually know people who won’t get it because the Governor and/or the President is pushing for it and they hate one or the other of these individuals. Politics will be the literal death of us all at this rate.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      “Here, let me cut off my nose so that I can spite my face.” Just crazy.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        And put everyone around me at risk too. There are people who genuinely can’t have the vaccine but not liking the Governor isn’t one of them.

    2. Andy Umbo Avatar
      Andy Umbo

      “Fever and Chills!” Brandi, stay out of that Thanksgiving Day Schnapps!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Haha. No risk there.

  7. Ward Fogelsanger Avatar

    A pilot at my former airline ( I had to retire 3 years ago due to age 65 rule). Got his shot November 9 ( because of the mandate) had an embolism became brain dead they pulled the plug Friday…I personally know more people with adverse reactions then died from Covid. Good for you if it works for you.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I know any number of people who are vaccinated, easily in the dozens, and exactly zero who have had any sort of significant adverse reaction.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        Ditto, I know dozens if not hundreds, no reactions. Virtually everyone passing on had no vax….I wonder how many anti-vax, anti-science, republicans are scouring the internet for the one in a million that might have had an adverse reaction to hold up as “proof”. People had adverse reactions to the polio vax as well, but getting the polio vax virtually eliminated it from the world!

  8. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    It ain’t over yet….won’t be due for my booster until March, but will be lining up for it then!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      March! That’s a long way off!

  9. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    We got ours on Friday. Sore arms and tired on Saturday but feel back to normal today. This new variant, surely headed our way…is concerning.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There are a lot of news articles calling Omicron concerning, but nobody is explaining why yet, that I’ve seen.

  10. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    More than 187 million people have been vaccinated. Slightly over 6,000 people have died, but cannot be related to the vaccine (.0018% of the doses), only three can be related directly to the J&J vaccine. Someone on here must know everyone that has died and been directly related to vaccines!


  11. DougD Avatar

    Once again you are ahead of us. My wife just became eligible for a booster, because she is a healthcare worker.

    Masks have been accepted here, if you want to go shopping or any indoor place it’s required and people do it. We’re at 86% vaccinated, and the cases are creeping up slightly I think they’re still a tenth of the US rate.

    I haven’t had anyone close to me die of Covid, but I’m one degree removed from 5 deaths that I know of. Two were over 65, two were immunocompromised patients my wife was working with, and one was a special needs young person. They were all in the early days of the pandemic and unvaccinated. I haven’t heard about someone I know of being harmed by a vaccine, or someone I know of dying after being vaccinated. So 5-0 seems like pretty good odds.

    Covid has cost us some relationships though. My brother’s wife is an anti vaxxer so although I’ll meet with my vaccinated brother his family is not welcome at gatherings. We have had to lay down our friendship with a couple we were very close to, again the wife is so viciously anti vax that we can’t have a conversation without her dropping grenades into it, and getting mad when we changed the topic. It’s sad.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m really sorry you’ve lost those relationships. That’s hard.

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