Speaking of a breath of fresh air, I was stunned on Tuesday afternoon when I happened to be monitoring the New York City vaccination website
when a large batch of COVID-19 vaccination appointments was made available.
That meant that I happened to be in the right place at the right time to book first-dose vaccination appointments for my fiancée and her parents, and after a few minutes of deliberation, I made an appointment for myself as well.
Since January, New York State residents over 65 years old have been eligible to make appointments, and as of February 15, people under 65 with certain qualifying medical conditions are also eligible. That meant that my fiancée and her parents have been eligible and frantically attempting to book their appointments, but until Tuesday afternoon, we had been unsuccessful.
My moments of deliberation on whether to make an appointment for myself came down to the fact that I did not think I had any medical conditions that qualify under the guidelines, and I would not want to receive a vaccination ahead of someone else who is at a higher risk of severe illness that I would be.
On the other hand, many of the strict rules on vaccine distribution have led to vaccine waste, with unused doses being thrown out instead of distributed to others who are eligible but have not made appointments. Plus, the more people vaccinated, the more our communities will be protected. With that in mind, I decided to book an appointment for myself, because one of the qualifying medical conditions listed is obesity, defined clinically as a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher, as calculated by one’s height and weight.
Unfortunately for my ego (but fortunately for vaccination eligibility rules), I have fluctuated between a BMI of 28-31 or so for most of the last few years. I looked down at my pot belly flat tire that I’ve been grumbling at for years and I signed up for a vaccination appointment, and I printed out my personal medical records that show a recorded BMI of 30 at my most recent physical.
I’ve been trying my best to diet and exercise sufficiently enough to get rid of this extra flab, and frankly, I need to work even harder, that’s the bottom line. But for once, I’m not so despondent looking at that extra flab because it may be enough to help me reach the light at the end of this dark, year-long tunnel.
I think the fact that such a large batch of appointments was released this week means that the supply in New York City is starting to meet the demand, and I don’t feel guilty booking an appointment since I am technically eligible.
The more people fully vaccinated, the better. The faster I’m fully inoculated, the faster I can return fully to my workplace and pursue career opportunities that can help me better provide for my fiancée as we build our lives together.
I cannot say enough about the wonderful vaccination appointment finder, TurboVax, online at TurboVax.info
, which publishes available appointments automatically as they become available. NYC residents should check it often.
So we’ll see what happens. If all goes to plan, my fiancée, her parents, and I will all get our first dose of the Moderna vaccine this upcoming Friday, with our second dose likely to be scheduled 28 days after that. Fingers crossed.
Once enough of the U.S. population is vaccinated, we’ll reach herd immunity
status (a mark we’re estimated to reach nationwide by next winter or so) that will keep our entire community safe. That’s why it’s so important to try to get vaccinated ASAP so we can finally end this horrific pandemic once and for all.
Good luck to everyone out there trying to get their appointments. I look forward to updating you next week on how the process goes for us. Even after I am fully vaccinated, I still plan on wearing a mask in public places, and I think I’ll wear a mask each winter for the rest of my life because I appreciate the way the cloth masks keep my nose nice and warm when I’m digging my car out of the ice and snow. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Till next time,