A dose of moderna

A syringe

I have officially had my first dose of Spikevax (Moderna). Yay! Getting vaccinated is another to-do item I have had to tick off my list and it was certainly weighing me down. 

No one likes vaccines. They are a painful pinch and an hour out of you day, why would you? With this being said, I was finding it really challenging to motivate myself to book in for a Covid shot, especially considering how safe it currently is in South Australia. Like the classic procrastinator that I am, the days turned into weeks and I still hadn't done anything.  

One of the strange things I find with my procrastinating is that I tend to put something off the more it stresses me out. In this case, getting my Covid shot. There were a few of reasons that I was feeling the pressure to get vaccinated sooner rather than later.

  • Firstly, it was becoming pretty clear that I would need to get it and as soon as possible considering the current situation in Victoria and NSW.
  • Secondly, I always visit my parents in Tasmania during the summer break and with the way things are looking, I am going to need to be vaccinated to guarantee I am able to fly at the end of the semester.
  • Finally, despite how safe we are in South Australia, the situation could change at any moment.

With these pressures mounting, I was feeling more and more stressed about getting the jab. 

Another problem that I convinced myself of was that I didn't know if I would be available when booking in advance. I kept telling myself that I might have a meeting or an assignment due that day. The more I looked at doing it the more I put it off. It wasn't until a good talking to from my mum that got me into shape and I made a booking for my first Pfizer shot in. 

Given the current situation in Australia, I wanted it done as soon as possible but I had left it too late! All of the earlier appointments were taken. The earliest booking I could get for my first dose was over a month away. It wasn't until I got a pro tip from a friend that Moderna was now readily available that I jumped online and looked for an appointment. Not only did I see appointments the next and the day after, but also that very day in about one hour. I quickly booked, grabbed my jacket and set off to get my jab. An hour later it was all done and I signed up for my second dose. 

At first I was a bit apprehensive about getting Moderna. Nearly all of my friends were getting Comirnaty (Pfizer) and some Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) so I didn't know what to make of it. After looking up a couple of news reports on the vaccine and going to reliable government and scientific vaccine health advice websites, I learned Moderna was very similar to the Pfizer vaccine and much of a muchness. With this in mind all the hesitation left my mind and I went and got it done.

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