The Vaccine – My First-hand experience at the Vaccination Centre

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It was 22 June 2021, a pleasant Tuesday morning, after a hot cup of strong tea, I left home to get the first dose of the vaccine. After endless tries on the computer, I decided to go to the Mysore District Hosptal. I had been there earlier for the mandatory Covid Test before joining work earlier this year.

I reached there around 7:45 a.m, there were close to 50 two wheelers parked outside the hospital premises and the glorious sun trying to trying to spread his rays through the clouds, everything seemed just right. People eagerly waiting for the counters to open, 4-5 policeman standing tall and alert. The Police men requesting us to form a queue while adhering to Covid-19 protocols and be patient till the counters open at at 9:00 a.m.

Soon at 9:00 a.m, one of the policemen began issuing tokens to the people in the queue. He made sure no one jumped the queue. My token number was 48, (I had arrived pretty early!) By 9:30 a.m, batches of 10 were called to line up in front of the registration counter

After an hour or so, I found myself at the counter, calling out my details and voilà, I had registered. I was handed over 2 forms, one to be filled with personal details and the other was to be handed over to the team that vaccinates me.

After filling the form, I was led to the Aadhar verification and instantly received the OTP which verified my details. The person at the counter asked me to to go to Room no # where the vaccinations were being administered. There was a queue of about 15 people and within a couple of minutes I was seated and the nurse administered the first dose of the vaccine. God bless her and everyone who assisted me in my battle against the SARS CoV-2. I was handed over two tablets to be taken later during the day. She also advised me to remain seated at the designated ward for half an hour .

The staff at the hospital were very kind and it was a seamless experience

The Front-line workers are relentlessly doing their duty.

We must follow the advice recommended by the WHO. .

The following is quoted from the WHO website.

What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19

  • Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
  • Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage and cleaning or disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.

Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.

‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’   

Do read how about the first 12 days of the lockdown announced by India, in 2020 here:


#Day 7

Day 7 is 31/03/2020, Tuesday. This day in India is the end of the Financial year. It is usually a time of the year when we plan that next year we would save more, invest in mutual funds and consider any suggestion we might have missed looking into the last financial year.

This year, we are at home raring to go back to work, eager to complete undone tasks and take more care of our immunity. Health is a concern for working professionals, homemakers and the ones who think that nothing can happen to them.

March/April is also the end of the academic year for schools. Teachers look forward to the vacation, Children wait to increase their screen time and grandparents eagerly wait for their children to spend time with them. Air-tickets and train tickets were reserved in advance. Many may have cancelled them by now. The hopeful ones might wait. Hope their wait is worth it.

This viurs doesn’t seem to die down. The cases are slowly reaching higher levels everyday. The essential services are getting their act together. Things are reaching a new normal. Today I received forwards of phone numbers of local grocery stores that are open and could deliver. delivery is back in service.

Usually when numbers grow, one is happy, like the GDP, the marks of a student, the medals tally, goals scored, money, points in a game,etc. Here the number of cases are rising, it is alarming. We don’t want to see those numbers. The websites are updating us on the number of cases country wise, state-wise and city-wise. There is too much of information, it is not a happy feeling, yet we continue to stay at home. Doctors and nurses send out messages asking us to support them by staying at home. In fact, they are asking us to support ourselves first.

Sentences like each one of you are important for the growth of the company said at HR meetings would be received with smirks and looks. It is true there and here too. Here there is a global effect. Yes. Each of us are important. If we stay put at home and maintain basic hygiene, we can save the world.

I was reading the timeline of the coronavirus pandemic in India, it mentions the chronology of the cases contracted and mentions first victim, second, etc with the age. If the virus is contracted, if there is a casualty, one is called as Patient number XX, victim of the coronavirus. I pray it remains XX and I don’t have to put another X.

Thoughts today:

  1. Each one of us are important.
  2. Each one of us have a contribution to make.
  3. Each one of us are directly responsible for someone’s loss.
  4. Each one of us can take down this virus.

#Day 1

The official lockdown in India taken as a step in an attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus began on the midnight of 24 March as annonced by the PM “aaj rat Barah Baje se”.

I had not heard of Coronavirus before the mid of February. It is a deadly virus and a large number of people all over the world have tested positive and thousands passed away. Do check official websites for the number of casualties. One message I read was that people in a particular country have stopped counting the number of casualties. People now are required to take care not count. Not sure about its authenticity but if someone has posted it, it must be with some understanding of this grave situation.

The solution, according to experts from the medical profession, is Social distancing. Now the words are familiar but not the combination together. They basically mean distance yourself physically from people, social beings. Again something new.

I do read newspapers to get an understanding of what is happening around me, not to read and criticize anyone. I began listening to Podcasts more frequently than usual on Spotify. I. particularly, made an effort to listen to news abroad. The situation in China was what is here now. Lockdown. People were trying to grapple with the situation. The sitation was grim. The enemy was out of reach. Now we have an out-of-control situation not only in India but all over the world.

I told a couple of neighbours and my parents about what I understood the situation could turn out to be. They already knew what’s happening, and were just doing normal stuff as usual.

My thoughts after the end of Day 1 of the official Lockdown are:

  1. Why do people think they are invincible
  2. What is the point of sharing messages/memes without realizing the seriousness of the situation.
  3. I am working from home, I have provisions that will run for about a month or so.
  4. After that what?
  5. Grocery stores are open. But am I willing to go and risk myself.

#Stayhome #Staysafe

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