I just received my COVID booster shot yesterday and I still can't believe how easy it went. Well, mostly easy. More on that in a minute.

I got the second shot at the end of April this year. Getting the shot was easy, but the whole process made me nervous. My partner and I signed up together and got our Pfizer shots at the empty Dick's Sporting Goods on Elmore; the place where Genesis Medical Center set up shop. The process went very smoothly, but this who mass vaccine site experience was new. We got our shots, sat for 15 minutes, took a "I'm vaccinated" selfie and went on our way. Easy.

Tami getting vaccine

For the booster, I chose my favorite drug store. In this case it was CVS. I easily singed up online. There were many time slots and dates available. I show up the next day, bring my vaccine and insurance card and got poked. 

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I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. The shot itself didn't hurt, but I noticed later that day, my arm hurt a bit. I took two Tylenol and drank plenty of water. I went on with my day spending it with my favorite four-year-old. We made lunch, played outside and had a terrific day.

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Around dinner time, I started feeling a little droopy. My arm ached and hopped on the couch and dialed up my favorite baking show. I didn't move much from that spot the rest of the night.

Then I remembered after my first round of shots, I felt a little droopy then too. I curled up with my dog and stayed there. I was back to normal in a day or so. 

This time, I woke up at 3 a.m. with the chills. I piled on the blankets, took more Tylenol and fell back asleep. When I woke up, I had kicked off all the blankets because then I was feeling hot. Took my temp and had a reading of 100 degrees.

As I write this I have a bit of a headache and my arm hurts, but my body temp has regulated and doing fine. Not going to lie, after I get my work done, I'm crawling back into bed and dialing up more baking shows. I'll be back to normal tomorrow.

I'm not sharing this with you for sympathy or to discourage you from getting your shots and booster. I'm letting you know that a few hours of discomfort is totally worth my knowing I'm protecting others and myself. I follow science, my doctors recommendations and the CDC. I'm not perfect, but I feel like doing what I can to protect my favorite four-year-old and my favorite 84-year-old too.

A few hours of discomfort is a no brainer when it comes to doing what I can to help stop the spread of this hateful virus. I hope you'll all join me.

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