The Golden Ticket

Well this past Sunday I won the Golden Ticket; an appointment for my first dose of Covid vaccine scheduled for tomorrow.  I was taken completely by surprise when a  login to my county health department actually got a response.

I have been eligible to be vaccinated for awhile since I’m an old geezer with various “conditions.”  Not that I needed the “conditions” to qualify;  I’m old enough; and I’ve been qualified for months.

Only problem was not enough vaccine to inoculated all the old people in Florida.

Big problem.

Over the last 6 weeks or so I have religiously logged in to various sites   – county  health, Florida registration, Publix groceries, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens et al – seeking an appointment.  As did hundred of thousands of other old people.

The result was the same; sorry, no appointments available.  No vaccine available.

So I continued living my monastic life style knowing full well that if I contracted the virus I was most probably a dead man.

I had a close call over Christmas when I came in contact with someone who would sicken ad test positive.  I got tested within the week and came back negative.  The contact was relatively young and fully recovered.

So in the face of a shortage of vaccine lots of old folks took desperate measures, sometimes waiting for hours only to be turned away.  Others had no idea how to use a computer.  Some got lucky.  Most like me did not.

In the face  of all this our Republican governor authorizes a new “pop-up” vaccination center in Lakewood Ranch, one of the wealthiest communities in the region.  The center would inoculate the old residents in TWO ZIP CODES ONLY.  The wealthiest ones.

Seems Lakewood Ranch’s developer is a major Republican donor.

Money talks.

While seniors all over the region screamed bloody murder our Governor didn’t see the slightest thing wrong with opening the pop-up center in and for two wealthy zip codes only.   Some people simply have no sense of what is right.

I did not get desperate seeking an appointment.  I am relatively safe living like a hermit and getting my groceries delivered.  Virtually all of the people I see closeup in  person are doctors.   I could afford to not be quite so desperate as others not in my circumstance.

Last week I had gotten on the Publix website which opened at 7 A.M. for appointments and got nowhere.  Within 90 minutes all appointments were filled.

The county health department was opening on Sunday at 2  P.M. for appointments.  I logged on, figuring I had nothing else to do.  Made myself a cup of coffee and prepared to sit in front of the screen for a couple of hours.

Minutes after I logged in – voila!  I was taken to the appointment screen and give a choice of available appointments on either Tuesday or Thursday.

I picked Thursday at 11 A.M.

The site for the shots is a drive-though, so I don’t have to e out of my car.  I have also received an appointment for the second dose in 28 days  indicating I will be receiving the Moderna vaccine.

For those who have not yet been vaccinated I will let your know of any after affects.  My internist already told me she had some after the 2nd dose.





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to The Golden Ticket

  1. beetleypete says:

    The way that different states have been allowed to run separate vaccine programmes speaks volumes about just how unequal medical care is in America. You should have been vaccinated on day one, as one of the most vulnerable. And pop-ups in rich districts is an additional obscenity that needs addressing.
    Each day that goes by, I see America becoming more like two countries, than one United States.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Jennie says:

    Great news on getting vaccinated, Frank. The online scheduling for an appointment is a disaster here in Massachusetts. It’s a shame. I qualify by being 70 and also being a teacher, but no luck yet.

    Liked by 1 person

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