Pearl, I'm envious! Which vaccine did you get? I'm hoping for the Pfizer vaccine because the wait between doses is only three weeks, rather than the four weeks required for the Moderna product. The both work the same way, affecting the instructions used by the protein on the end of the spikes, so they don't introduce any live, weakened or killed virus into the recipient's system. The only potential problem is the possibility of an allergic reaction to the protein component. If that hasn't happened in the first 15 minutes after injection, it isn't likely to happen.
Here in New York State, vaccinations for nursing home residents and staff began on the 21st, followed closely by high-risk hospital workers, federally qualified heath center employees, emergency medical personnel, coroners, medical examiners, funeral workers, and residents and staff of Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Office of Mental Health Facilities.
Additional winners this week are urgent care center employees, COVID-19 vaccine administrators and residents of Office of Addiction Services and Supports Facilities. As of the 23rd, 89,000 state residents had received their first vaccine dose. We're expecting 139,400 more doses from Pfizer this week and 119,600 from Moderna.
Because of all of the people who can't isolate to protect themselves, my turn won't come for some time yet even though I'm 76 years old, asthmatic and my lungs are vulnerable to bacterial infection. There hasn't even been any news yet about how the people I think of as "senior citizens in the wild" will be notified of time and place.