Moderna vaccine: First dose

I decided to have my first dose of Moderna vaccine at Longs Drugs in Pearlridge, because it would involve less walking for me, especially since I have arthritis. So, I canceled my appointment for the Pfizer vaccine at Pier 2, and logged onto the website. It wasn’t hard to snare two appointments, one for the first dose and one for the second dose.

My older daughter, Maria, told me that a small study has shown that Moderna is 100% effective for Asians, but that Pfizer is not. So, she said that I was taking the right vaccine, the Moderna. Good. I was happy to hear that.

David dropped me off at Longs Drugs in Pearlridge and parked nearby:

A clerk at the entrance looked at my ID, found my name on her list, and gave me a small shot history card with my name, date of birth, and name of the vaccine I was going to take.

I showed that card to the pharmacy technician inside the store and was directed to a line in front of the shot clinic. There were four people ahead of me, so I had to stand in line for 15 minutes, using my walker:

One of the two pharmacists in the room gave me the shot. I felt a slight prick and that was it. She wrote the date, place and time of my shot on my card.

Since I am allergic to aspirin, I was told to sit on a chair outside the room for 30 minutes as a precaution. Oddly, there were no doctors on the premises:

So far, I have not experienced any side-effects. My arm does not hurt at all. Perhaps, it’s because the pharmacist injected my arm near my shoulder joint and not further down my arm. See the bandaid? How high up on my arm it is?

My next appointment for the second dose is March 27. I’ll have to show the pharmacist my shot history card before getting my second dose.

And I think I’ll need this card to travel abroad so that I won’t have to be quarantined.

18 Responses to “Moderna vaccine: First dose”

  1. DavidH Says:

    That whole experience was very smooth for you. It was very organized and efficient. I will also have my shots at the same store for the convenience of it. The soonest I am eligible is March 15th. I can hardly wait as I am very fearful of getting the virus.

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …we will receive our second Moderna shot on March 9th. Our first one went well.

  3. AC Says:

    Congratulations! It goes slowly here.

  4. Iris Empereur Says:

    I hope I don´t have to get a vaccine, here in Germany the products seem to be not really ready.
    Glad yours went well!

  5. Olga Says:

    It seems as though things are starting to speed up. I got my first shot on Sunday at a drive-though site at the airport run by the National Guard and it was quick and painless. Don became eligible at 8:15 yesterday morning. Within an hour he had an appointment for 2 p.m. today. He has several allergies so I hope things go smoothly for him.

    Stay well and stay safe. I am sure we will all feel better as the vaccine becomes more and more available.

  6. DJan Says:

    I get my first Pfizer shot today. We don’t have a choice, really, so you are fortunate to be able to choose which one to receive.

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    So glad you got your shot. I was a bit surprised that you had a choice. We just had to take what was available and it was Moderna also for me. They do give it high on the arm from all the news clips I have seen.

  8. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’m glad you are getting vaccinated. I’m not sure it really matters which you get — the main thing is getting one. I hope the second goes as well!

  9. Doug M Says:

    Good for you Gigi… I hope David’s goes as smoothly.

  10. Sandy Edwards Says:

    I got the Pfizer shot yesterday; it went smoothly. Like you, I was surprised at how high on the arm it was given. I live in CA. Makes me wonder if all shots, like the flu shot, etc. should all be given higher since honestly, I couldn’t even feel it. I have never had a shot given that high up on the arm before, including the shingles and pneumonia shot. I never look at the needles, but the man next to me after we both got the shot, told me it was a very short needle because it is just for one dose.

  11. Christine Says:

    We have been delayed with getting vaccines in Canada but it is starting up again.

  12. Granny Annie Says:

    My first shot was easy. I am scheduled for my second shot on March 19th. Both of mine are Moderma but it is said that both Pfizer and Moderna are safe against the variants.

  13. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Glad you got your vaccine! Stay healthy, Valerie

  14. Elephant's Child Says:

    I don’t think that we will have any choice about which vaccine we receive. I am glad that it went so smoothly for you.

  15. Linda Reeder Says:

    Here where appointments can be hard to get, we take whatever vaccine is offered. We are happy to have received both doses now with only mild side effects. Many seniors are still trying to get appointments.

  16. Tom at Sightings Says:

    Congrats! Still waiting here in go-slow Pennsylvania.

  17. honoluluaunty91 Says:


  18. Nancy Chan Says:

    Over here, we have no choice. We have to take whatever is given to us.

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