Chris and I are both fully vaccinated! Poor Chris got his second dose the day before his birthday and spent his birthday with a 100-degree fever. Our vaccines were staggered by about 2.5 weeks, with Chris fully vaccinated before me. Chris arranged both of his through CIC Health (the company I work for), though I had a slightly harder time because I needed two weeks of lead time to stop my immunosuppressant drugs; I managed to get my first appointment far in advance through Beth Israel. It was the same day as a rheumatology appointment which meant I had the vaccine and then blood work one after the other (multiple stickers and bandaids!) I also used the opportunity to bring in the latest comic pages to scan at the office, though it meant toting around a fairly heavy bag and with a lot of rain that day, I ended up getting some regrettable rug burn on my shoulder from the straps of my bag.
I did things a little differently with my second shot; traveling into the city means paying $20 for a commuter rail ticket and my appointment was in the middle of my work day. I decided to take advantage of the newly developed CIC Health walk-in feature the night before my existing appointment in the city. But as it turned out, it's the last week that CIC Health is operating vaccine distribution at Gillette (the most convenient location for us) and the after-hours schedule had been cut back, so we got there and the doors were closed. I ended up finding a Gillette appointment for the following day, cancelled my city appointment, and took a Lyft there (CIC Health was providing round trip Lyft rides for vaccine appointments). I got the shot, but then there were no Lyfts to be had back home since Gillette is in the middle of the suburbs, so I was stranded at the stadium for an hour and a half until Chris could leave work and come pick me up. The next day my temperature was a little high and I was feeling pretty foggy and tired so took a half sick day. But all that cleared up fairly quickly.
Over all, extremely relieved we have each had both shots and it was neat to get one of my shots through my place of work, and at Gillette no less. I'll be fully vaccinated on the 16th, and then a couple days later we do a little tour of NY to visit some family.
Before Chris started having side effects on his birthday/after shot #2, we checked out Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon, MA. They weren't doing berry picking yet, but there were a lot of animals to visit and I picked up a nice little turtle vine plant. I made a carrot cake that night, which we ate at his parents' the following day when he was feeling better. We saw a robin's nest in their shed.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based in Mansfield, MA.