A friend of ours has been helping Linda and I secure our vaccines. She just happened to get notification of a pop-up clinic about an hour from here, and passed along a phone number and e-mail address to contact for an appointment. I did, and later that day got a return e-mail with yet another phone number and a request that I call back. I did. And a very kind gentleman signed us up. It was all very informal and quite unlike the lottery system set up in other locations. The vaccine itself was administered at was a a well-organized, drive-thru set up and we were in and out and vaccinated within forty-five minutes.
Don't misunderstand. please! I am extremely grateful to have the process underway, especially for my eighty-eight year old mother who has been mostly on lockdown for a year now. But as they used to say, is this anyway to run a railroad? There seems to be so little rhyme or reason to how it is all unfolding. I hope, if nothing else, we will learn some important lessons here about preparedness. Scientists are clear: this will not be the last pandemic we face as a nation, as a planet. We must address the whole infrastructure and create a system that is logical, equitable, easily launched when needed.
Meanwhile, the experts advise get whatever vaccine you can as soon as you can. Good advice.