Here are tips to help you get fully vaccinated — and get your life back to something more normal than it probably has been for more than a year.
Availability quickly changes, so if you find an available slot, book it before someone else does. Be sure to cancel your appointment if you can’t keep it, though, so someone else will be able to get that slot.
You may have to travel to get a shot
In announcing a federal program to ship vaccine doses directly to pharmacies in addition to US states and territories, White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said pharmacies are “readily accessible in most communities, with most Americans living within five miles of a pharmacy.”
The key is to be patient, flexible and determined. You will get an appointment, sooner or later.
What to do while waiting in line to be vaccinated
So, now you have an appointment. You are so close to getting that first or, better yet, your final dose.
Other ideas include documenting your vaccine experience, or planning how you’ll use your freedom once you are fully inoculated.
When’s the last time you were in a crowd this size? Maybe you can use the opportunity to make a new friend.
Welcome to the club of the fully vaccinated
If you’ve been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you can skip quarantine once you’re fully vaccinated.
As some have said, getting immunized is a psychological game changer: You may feel like a weight has been lifted.
Just remember, it takes two weeks after your last shot to be fully immunized.
And don’t throw away your mask just yet. You still need to protect those around you who have not yet been vaccinated. Although some studies indicate that immunized people don’t spread the virus, it is still not certain.