A Very Special Vaccine Day

I woke up and did my everyday morning routine. Showered, shaved, got dressed, and made coffee. Started writing in my journal. I start my morning journal with the line. Today’s the day, the first day of the rest of my life. But today was Today’s the day, the first day of the rest of my life. Today is my vaccine day.

I booked the appointment a week earlier over the phone. I was able to get a special offer the city I live in had. It was 1600 doses of Johnson and Johnson offered to people in priority 3 being administrated the following weekend and had to call to make an appointment. I saw this on the prior Saturday, so I had to wait until the Monday when they were open.

Early on in the vaccine program I didn’t really look into registering or if I qualified. I live in Germany and at first the roll out was slow, and their priority was strict, so I didn’t even think about it. All I saw was that they would drop the priority on June 7th. So, I thought I’ll wait until then and figure it out.

I was talking to a friend one day though and he said he was able to register for the shot. Then they would give him a date once it was available. It could take awhile but at least it was possible to register. I registered right after that and when I registered, I answered the questions and found out I was priority 3 because I have Asthma. I didn’t realize this was a disease that made the priority list.

I was registered, didn’t have a date but that is okay I will just wait in the queue and get my date when I can. I registered on May 15th, 2021. I happened to be on the city website looking into a different topic and they had a breaking news flashing banner about the Johnson and Johnson offer. I was really excited to see this offer and realized how lucky I was to stumble upon the website where I had never visited it before.

I was able to make an appointment for May 30th and they told me to get a doctors note for Asthma which made sense. I was able to get the doctors note during the week. So all was good I was ready to get the jab.

I had heard stories about people in Germany not filling out the paperwork properly or other silly mishaps and then get turned away. I am only learning the German language so there is still a bit of difficulty in my day-to-day tasks. I was hoping the vaccine would work out but still thought there might be a chance it wouldn’t.

The vaccine day finally arrived, and boy was I pumped. I realized if I keep thinking it wont work out then I will manifest this reality and I won’t get it. So, I changed my mindset to be expecting to get it. This definitely helped my mindset. The funny thing was I became a bit nervous. Not for any adverse effects from it, I wasn’t worried about that, but just nervous in general. The nervous feeling though reassured me that then I am expecting to get it and subconsciously expecting it so that was a nice realization too.

The vaccine center is really close to my apartment, so I left a bit early to walk around since it was a nice day. My nerves were there but not too bad. I had another realization though, that this is a big moment in history. Not just for me but for humanity. This pandemic wasn’t the worst in our history, and it won’t be the last. But this is the most adversity humanity has seen since World War 2 in my opinion. Having it come to an end with the vaccine just seemed like a very poetic and meaningful moment in my life. I mediated on this thought while I walked around the park near the vaccine center. This was a nice moment.

At the time of writing this, June 5th, 2021, the pandemic isn’t over, and we have some more progress to make still. Since the vaccine roll out worldwide will take awhile. But for me having it, it definitely relieves that underlying fear I have had for 1.5 years, and this is a big moment.

The shot went fine, no setbacks and no adverse effects.

Stay safe, stay healthy and be kind.

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Cory Hisey

Cory Hisey

I am a Mechanical Engineer graduate and I am currently studying masters of Mechatronics Engineering.