My post Covid19 pandemic started yesterday. When me and my sister (being registered under our local government’s waiting list) were told that an available vaccine is available, we immediately drove up to the designated vaccination site.
Though it is sad to note that majority of my country’s populace still doubts the significance and efficacy of the vaccine, such popular yet imprudent viewpoint became advantageous on my part for getting the vaccine.
If you’re reading this article and wonder why such meek and lowly event of getting my first jab seem such a big deal on my part, please understand that my poor unregimented country has very limited supply of the vaccine. It is because my country at this late point in time only depends on the United Nation’s donations as well as the dole-outs sent to us by rich countries because they either have surplus of the vaccines or that their country already achieved the so-called herd immunity.
So how did my first vaccination affair went? Answer: It was hilarious, uneasy and at the same time a little nerve-wracking. It was nerve-wracking because I hate injections! It was uneasy because the vaccination site was at an open-air public place. With no air-conditioning and with the scorching humid heat index of 42 degrees Celsius (no thanks to climate change), me and my sister were soaked wet in our very own sweat!
Good thing there were very few people at the venue, our papers were right away processed. And after we were injected, the hilarious thing that happened is that both me and my sister were told to stay a little longer because both our blood pressures were shooting up! And when asked if I take medicine for high blood pressure, I answered yes. When asked what medicine, instead of telling the name of the drug (Losartan), I uttered the name of a popular French bakeshop here in Manila (Lartizan)! LOL!
With pocket-sized feelings of worry, me and my sister laughed instead after realizing that we were the only two who were asked to stay longer. My sister even verbalized to the medical team present that who on earth would have a normal blood pressure at such a torrid and scorching temperature?! After taking our blood pressure three times at an interval of every 15 minutes, both of us were finally released and discharged by the nurses.
I went home nauseous not because of the vaccine but because of the sizzling weather. I too was craving for Lartizan!