Back to freedom? Vaccinated at last!

Perhaps this will be the last post in the Covid-19 column. Maybe not, we'll see! After all, my path leads back to freedom, which above all stands for additional opportunities for movement. The vaccination against the coronavirus came spontaneously and unexpectedly. Actually, I hadn't expected it, not at this point in time.

Vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson
Vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson

Vaccine is still missing.

Contrary to the media perception, there is still a lack of vaccine in sufficient quantities. The local vaccination center only carried out second vaccinations a week ago. In both neighboring districts, the centers were temporarily closed because no vaccine was available. In my home district there are still around 27.000 people registered and willing to vaccinate, I am one of them.

With prioritization based on a previous illness. But in my mid-50s, neither old nor sick enough to have real opportunities.

To be honest, I'm tired of the daily vaccine bullshit. Weariness from waiting for vaccine, which is announced and then not available. In the meantime I have come to terms with it and have adjusted my life accordingly.

I figured I might get an appointment in the fall. So wait Getting excited is useless, and I find pushing ahead and exerting pressure to be a lack of solidarity. Meanwhile, people around me were busy vaccinating. Right at the front, friends with contacts, young and healthy, who got a chance right at the beginning of the campaign. Then friends from other federal states, where the distribution is going better than in Bavaria; later the one with the right employers.

After all, the vaccination of old and sick people worked in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, not in such a way that access to the vaccination was easy. The vaccination was only possible with the commitment and persistence of children and relatives. Otherwise the old people would have perished in the system.

A vaccination. Spontaneous.

Then, on Thursday last week, I called my family doctor. The health card is missing for billing, whether I can briefly hand it in for logging in? Of course I can. Actually, I answer, I was hoping for a call about the corona vaccination. We can only offer Johnson & Johnson, I get the answer. Do you want to?

For a moment I'm breathless. Of course I want to! Now the other end of the line is silent - for a little while. Then you are surprised. It's crazy, Germany is a decadent country. Johnson & Johnson is not Biontech. The mega vaccine that everyone looking for a vaccination is looking for. You can refuse vaccine because it's not fancy enough.

And you can choose the finest substance, while the majority of the people on the planet have no chance of getting a vaccination in a timely manner. Do we notice anything else in our bladder?

There is no question that I consent. With my previous illness, any vaccine is welcome. It significantly reduces the chance of ending up on a ventilator at some point. There really is no alternative to the matter, so to speak.

Risks & side effects.

My appointment is the next morning. The practice vaccinates quickly; a one-way street through the rooms minimizes encounters and a possible risk of infection. That is well thought out. Clarification is provided in groups of four and, if necessary, there is a personal conversation. I have read a lot and have no questions. The expected side effects are tiredness and headache, pulling at the injection site. After two days everything should be forgotten.

A gentle poke in the left upper arm, 15 minutes in the waiting area to be on the safe side. That was it. Full protection after 14 days.

The side effects set in immediately. After an hour I'm so tired that I have to lie down. In principle I don't need a bed. Lean against the wall, close your eyes, that would be it. I sleep without getting fit, I stay without drive. I don't even manage to write the “Saab am Sonntag column”. The readers have to go through that. Fortunately, the announced headache does not materialize, I am just exhausted.

That lasts a little over 24 hours.

In the afternoon of the following day, the side effects subside as quickly as they came. In the evening I am fit, only a pull at the puncture site reminds me of the vaccination.

In fact, they are harmless side effects. I know much harder cases among friends and acquaintances. Two days completely switched off, with other active ingredients.

Is it my way back to freedom?

Not really. In principle I could travel and enjoy the summer. I have the stamp in my vaccination certificate and could get a digital ID. But what's in it for me? Traveling alone is not nice. My wife is waiting for an appointment. Still, and with the hope that something will happen spontaneously.

And to sum it up: freedom of movement and travel is great and a great asset. But it wasn't primarily about that for me. It was more important to me not to end up in a clinic with the next wave or a new mutation, but to have a certain protection. Out of responsibility to my family, for the very selfish reason that I like to live, but also out of fear of a possible hospital stay.

But also to protect my human biotope.

I am very aware that there are vaccine skeptics and objectors among the readers. I accept their opinion, but I think that we have to weigh very carefully what we are doing. If I refuse the vaccination, I run the risk of unintentionally infecting a person. Who may have a previous illness, possibly lung disease, and for whom the infection would be the end.

Like my old neighbor. He's been fighting for enough air for years. I would like to have him as a neighbor for a long time.

25 thoughts on "Back to freedom? Vaccinated at last!"

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    Some will not like it here, but for me a red line has been crossed here, especially with some comments. I would not have expected that in this circle.

    To say it right from the start, as a healthy person I will certainly not be vaccinated with these hot knitted fabrics, but will first watch the matter calmly. The numbers in Schleswig-Holstein have been tending towards ZERO for a long time, but this has nothing to do with the progress of vaccination. But I don't let anyone put me in the drawer of vaccination refusers = unconventional thinker = conspiracy theorist = right = ..., as it has unfortunately become common in this country. I have been vaccinated against the usual stories (cholera, yellow fever, hepatitis, ...) since I was a child by the occupation of my father and my own for trips to the 3rd world, all tried and tested vaccines.

    Anyone who has previous illnesses or otherwise carries health risks should be happy to do so in order to be protected against a severe course. But ultimately nothing is guaranteed, and certainly not in the long term. It is also not guaranteed that a person who has been vaccinated cannot still be a carrier. If one of these vaccines were to develop into a Contergan 2.0, those affected should be aware that they cannot expect any support from this state.

    What bothers me for a long time about this one-sided discussion are the three GGG: vaccinated, recovered, tested. The fourth G, the healthy person, no longer occurs.
    In my professional and family environment, there were those affected with different courses. In the 2017/18 flu wave (25.000 deaths in a comparatively short time) there was one death and one need for care in the area, but it is not talked about.

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      Good evening,

      In which comments did you cross a red line and in what respect?

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      Good evening Mr. Pitschmann,

      I guess your explanations would have been a blue miracle for me. In this sense, together with red lines, we stay bright and colorful.

      Regards

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    Despite the collective rapture, I make myself a bogeyman and ask where the interface between SAAB and vaccinations is?

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      The interface is life. What else?

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        With all due respect (and the otherwise high quality, which is why I'm also a subscriber), but that's too arbitrary for me. Then the blog could also report on the European Football Championship, vegan diet, etc. Also has a lot to do with “life”. Or not?

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          No it doesn't. The Covid topic is essential. It has left its mark in the last few months, not just among readers. I see it as very important to exchange ideas about it. I wouldn't want to compare it with trivial topics like the European Football Championship or whether people eat vegan, or even dare to.

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      The interface is Covid. Very easily.

      Covid was (and is) a turning point. Hopefully, vaccinations are the kit - for importing and exporting used Saab and parts, for meetings, for get-togethers, for traveling with the Saab and for much more - ultimately for a long-awaited normalcy.

      I don't understand the misunderstanding? Covid is a topic for schools, in sports, at weddings, in hospitals, nursing homes and at funerals - from cradle to grave, people in all walks of life suffer from the pandemic and discuss its effects among one another. Why should the Saab community look like it is just as affected by the pandemic as any other community?

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        I would agree with the Volvaab Driver. Anyone who leaves the topic untouched - or is simply not interested - has the option at any time not to read this article and not to use the comment function.

        For me, and probably everyone is, not every article on this blog (or in any other) is equally interesting or relevant.

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    Good day everybody,

    an interesting post and interesting discussions in the comments. The experiences are very different and to add a subjective one:

    I belong to the group "Prio 0" and gladly accept the promise "In summer there is a vaccination offer for everyone". That means, I register - due to a lack of intensive family doctor relationship - at the vaccination center and at the vaccination bridge. After about two weeks I received an email from the vaccination center, one would assume that they were able to help me and close the process. Was there a suggested vaccination date? No. So all over again ...

    My partner would like to be vaccinated through the family doctor, but she will soon be taking her well-deserved 6-week summer break and only prioritize the second vaccinations until then.

    Thus, "Group 0" can still practice solidarity, waiting and patience ... ideally without worrying about whether all of this could not have been managed better. Maybe you prefer to "enjoy" the fact that when you walk through the streets, Corona seems to have been overcome ...

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    Thanks Tom, I like reading a statement like that on the blog!

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    That's good news! A small question, not meant to be critical: Doesn't it mean that you shouldn't put photos of vaccination certificates online for security reasons?

    Yes, that some only want certain vaccines is an antisocial luxury thought, absolutely correct! But apart from that, at least for northern Germany, I cannot understand the typically German grumbling and complaining. In my circle of friends and at work, everyone has now been vaccinated (2x), without any relationships or similar (most of them priority 3). Mostly Biontech, more often Astra and also Moderna. I (priority 2) got the first appointment with Biontech online at the end of March without any problems, zack zack for the day after tomorrow, a Sunday, in Germany's largest vaccination center in HH. Everything was perfectly organized and super friendly. Everyone who was there, who I know, was thrilled. At the beginning of May the second vaccination, the appointment was assigned at the same time, the code was digitally downloaded last week, into the app, done - here in HH without the unnecessary detour via the pharmacy, which wastes tax money. In Schleswig-Holstein (in the closest family circle) the first appointment online at the beginning of April and the second for the middle of May were just as unproblematic. In Lower Saxony it was indeed much slower and more complicated, but my mother, over 80, had already been vaccinated twice at the beginning of March, and my 90-year-old aunt received her second dose of Astra the day before yesterday after the recommended three-month waiting period - well worn, by the way .

    So everything, at least in my area, went well here. On the other hand, my friend in Munich, also priority 2 (cancer two years ago), after long waiting, phone calls and being on a waiting list, only got her first vaccination at the end of May, her husband, priority 3, still had none.

    Everything doesn't seem to be going so well in Bavaria ... This self-important manner of a certain politician there, who always played himself in the foreground, would have liked to become Chancellor, and with reference to his allegedly oh-so-great handling of the pandemic wanted to persuade all of Germany, we would have to orientate ourselves on the Bavarian model - although for a long time there were one of the highest incidences and a lot of things went chaotically, while in HH we had the second lowest incidence of a federal state (as a city-state), that really annoys me! But here people worked in peace (and there was a stricter curfew) instead of constantly banging around on TV in a know-it-all way.

    Maybe none of that belongs here, of course they are all purely subjective experiences, but with regard to the experiences from Bavaria I have heard that too often - in stark contrast to the self-portrayal there. And the eternal grumbling here is also out of place - a lot is going really well! (I don't mean all of the mask enrichment scandals, etc.). I am happy for everyone who gets a vaccination, no matter where in the world. This is so important!

    And mistakes are made everywhere, including on the other side of the Rhine. My relatives in French-speaking Switzerland (Canton de Vaud) had completely different experiences last year: galloping corona numbers, collapse of the health system, questionable or no political measures, etc. That too dominated the press there for months.

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      Yes, yes, the North Germans 😉 Bavaria is Bavaria and not everything as it seems. There is also a difference between the state capital and the north or the remote regions such as the Upper Palatinate or Upper Franconia. One could write a lot. But some things are actually better regulated here, in contrast to our direct neighbors in Hesse. Do I want to leave? I do not want it!

      With the vaccination certificate that's okay. As long as the yellow passports are laid out in stacks in vaccination centers, I see the least risk here.

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        I just heard that one should never use the batch number. take photos and publish them to prevent abuse.

        By the way, I like Bavaria (at least a lot) and Bavaria very much, only this cocky "mia san mia, everything is better with us and we show the rest of the country how it works" just not. And the article read as if the vaccination had gone really bad in the author's experience. But if it was different or better - that's great! As I said: I am happy about and with everyone who has been vaccinated! Personally for him, and that's the only way we can all get out of there and maybe halfway back to normality - at some point - and above all to fewer dead and sick and personal tragedies!

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          Country & people

          You have said so much about Bavaria that I am now tormented by culinary longings that I cannot satisfy ...
          None of that is in the house right now. Such a crap.

          As far as local patriotism is concerned, North Germans must not be too sensitive. If a member of the little social from the big democratic sister wants to go into federal politics and not to the back seat there, the member gets loud. And the FC anyway ...

          The image of the country and its people is badly distorted in the media ...

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          It's nice when mother and aunt tolerated the vaccination without major side effects. However, a small note: Especially people over 80 generally have a weak immune system and therefore this group includes non-responders (up to 80% if vaccinated against influenza!). That means, if a very old person says “great vaccine, nothing noticed”, then the chance is quite high that his immune system has also “noticed nothing”, in contrast to Tom, who described quite impressively what he noticed. Comirnaty (Biontech) has hardly been tested on old people before approval, unlike Vaxzevria (Astrazeneca), which also explains their “worse” outcome. Unfortunately, politicians have taken this as an opportunity to vaccinate the old population with the "better (?)" Vaccine. The significantly more immunogenic vaccine was then first inoculated on the younger ones, with the known consequences and uncertainties. This is also how you can create “vaccine skeptics”.
          I recommend my old patients who have "noticed nothing" to have their blood tested for vaccine-specific antibodies against the SARS-CoV4 spike protein after 6-2 weeks to be sure that the vaccination has done what it does should. Otherwise you think you are protected, but you are not.

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        I don't see the vaccination certificate as bad either. The QR code is important here, and this cannot be forged with this photo.

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          @ Mr. Huebner,

          I have no opinion on the subject, but since you bring it up ...
          I don't know who should do this and why, but I could easily forge the QR code based on this photo. This is very, very small 1 × 1 and works with a variety of image processing or graphics programs ...

          If this is relevant, then the QR code in the photo should actually be made unrecognizable.

          Conversely, it would be just as easy to insert a QR code in the photo, which, rectified and scanned, would lead to the Saabblog, the RKI or whatever. That would be funny ...

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            As long as you can easily transfer the QR code from one cell phone to another, I see the discussion calmly. The problem isn't the photo on the blog, it's somewhere else.

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    Well written. The pandemic creates strange things in us humans.

    I was harassed by a passerby, I should do the same. Fortunately, I don't have vaccination refusals and conspiracy theorists around me. But acquaintances have in turn been harassed by such. Excited calls and e-mails against a vaccination, ultimately psychological terror ...

    I have my first vaccination tomorrow. Also a chance free appointment in a practice. Without any rush. I am happy because the pester is no longer pushing me.

    Finally peace.

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    Things were similarly bizarre in northeast Lower Saxony. The State Ministry of Health sent letters to people with previous illnesses that could lead to a severe or fatal course, with which one could immediately march off for vaccination. There were no appointments in the district vaccination center. You could put yourself on a waiting list.
    Two weeks later, the vaccine for primary vaccinations was discussed at the same time, which also occurred immediately, while at the same time the opening for priority group 3 was announced and a short time later the prospect of lifting the prioritization was announced. One got the impression that announcement and reality had to come from two different worlds.

    Incidentally, the appointment came as a surprise on the day the vaccination prioritization was actually lifted. 14 days later there was the first vaccination with Moderna. Side effects? No. If you disregard the usual "sore muscles" in the upper arm, but I've had it there with every vaccination so far.

    Is it all good now? Yes. I have a certain certainty that the disease will not progress or that it will not be so severe. But I could still be a carrier. As with any infection that one is vaccinated against.

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    I think it's great and very important that you share your vaccination experience here, Tom.

    For me, the long wait was finally over last week after my class in Vienna was activated; On Sunday morning the time had finally come - and like all test streets and boxes here in Vienna, the vaccination was also perfectly organized - from leaving the subway station to the stab (in the largest conference center in the country with correspondingly long distances) only 12 passed Minutes. Vienna can do that 🙂

    I got the first partial vaccination with Moderna - in this country you cannot choose the vaccine; I've been a fan of BionTech for years for other reasons and what this company has been doing together with Pfizer for over a year in the development and production of Comirnaty is absolutely fantastic, but all SARS-Cov2 vaccines approved in the EU to date are safe and highly effective , Anyone would have been fine with me, even if my preference is with the two mRNA vaccines. The only clearly noticeable side effect was fatigue on the two days after the vaccination. As recommended in the preliminary medical consultation, I took Mexalen every 6 hours, which probably also contributed to the fact that possible common side effects such as headaches did not appear. So only about three hours after the vaccination I felt the immune system start working, but that wasn't uncomfortable.

    Today in four weeks I will get the second vaccination. And until then every two days for a PCR test (afterwards it will probably make sense again and again) and continue to watch out. Thanks to mutations and rational arguments, vaccination “skeptics” who are inaccessible, SARS-Cov2 will be with us for a long time to come. And unfortunately I “was able” to experience in my personal environment how quickly life can be destroyed when the virus strikes.

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    Should i write it?

    Registered at my vaccination center via the network, two days later received two timely appointments via mobile phone, everything went wonderfully on both appointments, practically no waiting time and today my certificate and QR were downloaded via the network. QR code loaded onto the app, voila, everything worked perfectly.

    Where? In another country, on the other side of the Rhine.

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      One can only dream of that in D. But yes, you can write it 😉

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    Good to read! Obtaining that with the vaccine is unfortunately not easy, my parents (both over 70) had to wait a long time.

    The supposedly fair distribution did not work from the start. Whoever had the best relationships was prioritized, whoever wasn't, was simply unlucky. There is a real gap between aspiration and reality.

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