I did indeed receive my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine this morning just after 11:00 A.M. There was a bit of a scare in the morning when I read that two of the five Scarborough Health clinics had to close and cancel appointments due to lack of vaccine supply. But it turned out that the clinic I was booked at was fine.

My Experience

My experience was great. There was a short line when I arrived there as the clinic was fairly small and there wasn’t a lot of space inside. There were five triage/check-in tables to gather information, check Ontario Health Cards and addresses and deal with consent and waivers.

After that was done, there was another short wait for a nurse to administer the vaccine. That turned out to be the quickest part. From when I sat down and rolled up my sleeve to when it was done was about a minute. The vaccination was basically painless – a typical poke in the upper arm.

After waiting 15 minutes just in case of an immediate allergic reaction, I was free to go. My next appointment is already booked for the same clinic at the same time exactly 12 weeks from today.

So far the side effects have been minimal. My arm is a little sore already and I had a light headache that some Tylenol seems to have cleared up. Other than that, I feel fine.

The Plan for Tomorrow

My plan for tomorrow is to sleep in, work as usual (from home) and then get a short run in later in the day. It’ll be somewhere between 3km and 6km depending on how I feel.

As I said in my post yesterday, I feel very fortunate to have been able to access the vaccination at this point and I consider myself lucky to be both born in 1971 and also a Scarborough resident. Things lined up quite nicely in that regard. I saw a lot of younger people from the community at the clinic as well getting their vaccination and I was happy to see that there was a real desire amongst many to get the shot as soon as possible.