1. DonDueed says

    Fantastic! Congratulations!

    I got J&J all up in my arm this past Tuesday. Massive feeling of relief, even though it’s another four weeks or so before the immunity fully kicks in.

  2. says

    I’m so pleased for both of you. Even though the road ahead is still a long one, it must be such a relief to know you’re both going to be okay.

  3. Rob Grigjanis says

    Meanwhile, trying to book an appointment for my 90 year old mum (in Toronto) and keep getting “Something went wrong. Try again” after entering all the relevant info, and choosing an ‘available’ date and time. Want to punch someone.

  4. Bruce Fuentes says

    That is pretty much how I got my vaccination. My wife’s clinic opened up signups to 55+ last week in anticipation of MN and WI(we live near the border) opening up eligibility. They had a vaccine day at the clinic and there were some no shows. I got a call at 415 asking if I could be there by 5. I made it.

  5. Bruce Fuentes says

    #3 From what I understand vaccine providers are required to schedule the second shot.

  6. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Congarats to both you and Mary. Still a shot to go, but you are half way plus a waiting period before full “immunity”.
    Make sure you sign up for v-safe so the CDC can check on your progress and side effects. My only side effect effect was a sore arm for a couple of days after each shot.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    Congrats, PZ!

    Also waiting for the second dose, which is at the end of May for me.

    Getting a vaccine at a pharmacy sounds almost completely alien to me. Apart from a few pharmacies that employ nurses or docs, nobody working for a pharmacy is allowed to inject anyone here and relatively few vaccines are sold in pharmacies.

  8. John Morales says


    Me, I’m nowhere in line yet, but there’s no urgency.

    BTW, a purely linguistic translation of ‘vaccinated’ might well be ‘cowed’.

    (Sorry, I see these things and they vaguely amuse me)

  9. kestrel says

    Hooray! That is excellent news and it’s twice as good, since you both got the vaccination.

  10. captainjack says

    Ice Swimmer @ #10
    I get most of my vaccinations at the pharmacy of the nearest store of a very large chain retailer. I believe that only the licensed pharmacists give the injections. It’s really convenient and when I get a prescription, they check if I’m due for a booster or a new vaccine, so I’m always current with everything recommended. They also send a notification to my doctor. I’m sure they have a financial incentive, but I’m good with that.

  11. says

    I’m the only one in my immediate family who hasn’t been vaccinated yet. I also live with two men in their 50s. I’m trying to talk them into making a housemates day out of it. Locally, it seems like they want to take care of whole households at a time. That might just be an Oregon thing now that I think of it. After all, it’s not like any sort of executive level of organization happened at al last year.

    2020 is last year. That’s my new slogan.

  12. Crimbly says

    Great news!

    Forgive me, but is it wise to post your date of birth on the internet like this? Identity theft and all that… maybe better to blur it out.

  13. leophoreo says

    Had mine this morning, along with my beloved one, at the local Jain community centre. 12 weeks for the next one here in England.

  14. birgerjohansson says

    Conga rats.
    When you get the second shot and your students have had none, it is a great opportunity to really rub it in how you can have more social activities than they do.
    Also, now you can go back to doing all the evil atheisty things the Fox News hosts know the rich* elitist professors do all the time.

  15. Allison says

    I got my first one (Moderna) about two weeks ago. I don’t know if it was a coincidence, but I had what felt like a bad cold for a week after the shot. I had to postpone a medical appointment because I wasn’t feeling well enough to get into NYC to make it. Not looking forward to the second shot in 2 weeks.

  16. dbinmn says

    Supposedly there’s a market for fake vaccination cards because of anti-vaxxers who need to show proof for their employment which seems like a lot of work to go through for what amounts to a free shot. Some of my FB agony aunts, who I suspect of being sympathetic to the anti-vac cause, have repeated this claim. My take is they want to discredit anyone’s victorious posting of a vaccination card.

  17. naturalistguy says

    My wife and I had our first shots this week, mine Pfizer and hers Moderna. I had no side effects but my wife did feel a little achey after hers the next day. Am happy to see the pace of vaccination picking up, and hope that what President Biden said about getting together with family by the 4th of July comes true.

  18. cartomancer says

    The NHS is still refusing to accept that I am eligible for mine yet. Apparently “36 is the equivalent of 72 in gay years” doesn’t count as a valid reason. I am sorely tempted to retroactively withdraw my applause for them during the first phase of the lockdown last year, though since I didn’t give them any because it’s a farcical display of jingoism I can’t even do that.

    I wonder if social anxiety, asperity of demeanour, cream fudge addiction or left-handedness count as underlying conditions?

  19. robro says

    Crimbly — “…is it wise to post your date of birth on the internet like this” Perhaps not, but our personal info like that is already on the internet. You can dig it up in minutes with very little effort. In PZ’s case his DOB is already in the Wikipedia article about him.

  20. brightmoon says

    Frankly that a load off my mind . I was hoping you’d get vaccinated . I need my favorite atheist !

  21. chuckonpiggott says

    PZ, bad idea putting that card out there. There is info w/ your DOB and that patient # that is confidential and is now public. CDC says it opens up your records to scams and Record theft.

  22. John Morales says

    Reassuring — I appreciate the counterbalancing of woo anti-vax narratives via credible anecdotes.

    Pierce @31, so I thought I’d look.

    Why did CDC pick a logo that looks like a motorcycle helmet?

    I searched for CDC logo ( and I can’t see any helmets, since it’s not known to me. The results are informative, but not in regard to your question.

    What’s your basis for it?

  23. chigau (違う) says

    John Morales
    It’s because it looks like a motorcycle helmet.
    also a pilot’s helmet and any number of emergency worker helmets.

  24. John Morales says

    Ah, I see, chigau; I did a more diligent search. One of those logos, I suppose, sorta kinda by pareidolia looks helmetish. Once it’s mentioned, anyway.

    So, I guess the answer to Pierce’s question is pareidolia.

  25. numerobis says

    Now my eyes are flipping between the bird facing left and the helmet facing right.

  26. Pierce R. Butler says

    John Morales @ # 34: … I guess the answer to Pierce’s question is pareidolia.

    That merely partly explains why I & others see it that way, but not why CDC HHS chose it.

    chuckonpiggott @ # 38 – Thanks for the correction (and the reminder of the importance of reading the fine print)!