Yesterday it was Peter’s (@SevillaEnglish) turn to get his first jab. But unlike me (my first one was on April 12th) he had to go out to the Olympic Stadium for his. Mine was at my local health centre and I was in and out in five minutes. Well, with the fifteen minute waiting period afterwards in case of an allergic reaction. But Peter’s was one of the Vacunación Masiva programs they have going on, and it doesn’t get much more massive than at this stadium. I’d actually never been there before because why would I have? It’s at the hellish far end of the Cartuja island, the saddest and most desolate part of town since EXPO ’92 finished. So the plan was to taxi over there and then walk back to civilisation. Ironically Peter lives about two minutes away from our health centre (we go to the same one).
Quite unexpectedly, despite the huge number of people filing into the stadium when we arrived, Peter also got his jab within five minutes, then we waited the required 15 extra ones, then we were out again. Very efficient. Gotta say I’m a bit envious though. Peter got Pfizer, which means his second jab will be in 3 weeks. Since I got AstraZeneca the waiting time between jabs is longer (10-12 weeks) so I won’t get my second one until July 1st. Oh well.
The walk back into town wasn’t that long, maybe 40 minutes or so, but it was so fucking bleak walking through the old EXPO site, as it always is. It was also fucking hot! About 33º by that time of day, so by the time we were back over the river we headed to the Alameda for a much needed and much deserved COLD BEER at El Disparate. Today Peter reported no side effects other than a sore arm. More news as it happens.
I’m so glad you’ve both had the first! It’s not a reason to relax precautions, but I understand that a couple of weeks after a first jab of any of the vaccines, immunity hovers around 80%. That’s not too shabby.
And today is my vaxiversary — I’m at maximum immunity! Two days after the fucking SLEEPING SICKNESS from the second jab tapered off. YMMV. I took down the card table where we’ve been letting mail decontaminate for three days, we put away today’s grocery delivery without spraying rubbing alcohol everywhere, and that’s as big a party as it’ll be for a while — still masking, still washing hands (I hope some of these habits become the new normal everywhere). And oh, we’re going to order out! First food we haven’t cooked ourselves in over a year.
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I won’t be relaxing any precautions until I get a “booster shot”… they are already talking about this for November in the UK for people over 60. Let’s hope there will be something similar in Spain as the first vaccination only lasts about six months. By that I mean, masks always, and still lots of hand washing, etc. And still eating outdoors, probably.
There’s a chance I may take a couple of day trips in Sept-Oct if things continue to go well in terms of “the numbers”, by train to Jerez or Cádiz. And if I can work it out somehow, start doing some private food and wine experiences with “travel bubble” people who’ve been vaccinated. That’s still a few months away, but it does feel like a glimmer of light…
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