Right on Schedule

(Post 102 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

Many months ago, as vaccines started to come out and plans were made to inoculate as much of the world population as possible, Yucatán made a schedule for its own vaccination rollout based on priority (eg. first-line health workers needing theirs first) and then by age cohort. My age group was promised a vaccine by the end of June 2021. That felt so far away and like a pipe dream, but I grew optimistic as I saw that our vaccine rollout, while seeming very slow compared to other countries, was going along exactly as scheduled. Sure enough, June had barely arrived that registration for my age group’s cohort opened up!

The registration site had hiccups at the start, but all the wrinkles were smoothed out by the time I logged on to register. It was a very easy process. I put in my CURP, which is like the Mexican SIN or SSN, and my information popped up. I just had to confirm my address and I was good to go.

It’s a bit frustrating that there is a vaccination station at the college two blocks from my house but that based on my postal code, I have to go all the way up to the Siglo XXI convention centre, but I’m not going to quibble!

Now, I’m just waiting for a call or text to confirm my appointment, as well as following various sources to track progress and get an idea of what my date is going to be. Mérida and its suburbs seems to have always been last, but with things moving so fast, that doesn’t mean end of the month. I have a friend in the 70+ cohort who was vaccinated on the 9th of April. My cleaning lady got her first dose this week. Having the people I spend the most time with get their first jab really makes it feel real that this nightmare is coming to an end and that soon I will be able to have a proper dinner party to celebrate my new status of homeowner!

I didn’t hesitate long about getting vaccinated — I just have to look at history (smallpox, polio) to know that the odds are in my favour that this is the right decision, but I also consulted trusted medical sources. I also have no doubt that proof of vaccination is going to be required to travel in the future. I would not hesitate to get, say, a yellow fever vaccination to visit Kenya, so I don’t see any difference with a COVID vaccination being necessary.