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My COVID-19 Vaccination – Among The Everyday Heroes


My COVID-19 Vaccination And The Heroes That I Met

Why I Decided to Write On My COVID-19 Vaccination

I had promised numerous friends, colleagues, and blog readers that I would post on my COVID-19 vaccination experiences.  Some of my associates are very apprehensive I received the first vaccination on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).

My COVID-19 Vaccination has really nothing to do with Workers’ Compensation whatsoever.   However, I must say that I met so many heroes that day and they should be acknowledged even though I did not catch their names.

Most of them looked to be the local National Guard servicemen and women, law enforcement, along with the Franklin County nurses.  I am not sure.  I cannot begin to say how impressed I was with a massive vaccination operation.  I will let the photos tell the story.

North Carolina allows you to go to another county to receive your vaccination.  I decided to stay with Franklin County where I reside north of Raleigh, NC.

Check out my COVID-19 Vaccination Photos Below – Click on the pics to see a larger version

The pics are arranged in order from waiting in line until they let me leave – checking for any reaction for 15 minutes.  The descriptions are below the photos.  The photos are operating as a

my covid-19 vaccination start pic
Authors own work

As you can see the line for my COVID-19 vaccination was long.  I arrived 45 minutes early.  The temperature outside was 45 degrees with mist and fog – not a good day to be outside.

Front drive my COVID-19 vaccination car


I am finally inside the North Triangle Executive Airport.  My ID was just checked to see if I was on the list.  The wait was 40 minutes.  I was worried that I was late.  That turned out to not be a big deal.

take picture of my COVID-19 vaccination front drive car

I was given my CDC card, Pfizer explanation, and a P card due to a medication I was taking at the time- this put me into a different line.

Side view of my COVID-19 vaccination car windowview tent of my COVID-19 vaccination front car

The next two above pics were where the Pfizer vaccine was being stored.  -76 degrees?  Some of the police officers were wondering why I took so many photos.   My answer was the same as to the Franklin County nurse.  Check that later in this article.

Thanks to the North Triangle Executive Airport for hosting the vaccination event.  I think they will offer their facilities through July 2021.   Correction, Franklin County owns the airport.    I thought I was going into the airport to receive my COVID-19 vaccination.

I am now approaching the vaccination table – no inside the airport vaccination – it will be a drive-thru experience.


If you look in the nurse’s left hand, my vaccine was loaded and ready to go.  The nurse asked me why am I taking pictures?  I said that some of my friends, family, business associates, article, and blog readers may be hesitant to get their vaccine.  I have a weekly readership of 7,000+ people per week.  I wanted to let them all see that this is no big deal and to get vaccinated.

The nurse said, “Sir, what is your name?” – I gave her my name and she thanked me.  I immediately said, “No, thank you for your service to the people of Franklin County. ”

She instructed me to move into a reaction bay and turn on my emergency flashers and honk my horn if I have any type of reaction.  I was given a sheet of paper with 10:45 on it.


I was given a QR Code.  I told the young National Guardsman that I do not have a QR code reader on my phone.  He said that you have a nice phone -you should get download one.  I now felt old and have one on my phone.   The bottom pic was my reaction bay release time of 10:45 AM.

The final wait of my COVID-19 vaccination procedure seemed to be a long 15 minutes.  Nothing happened whatsoever except that I had a little arm sting from the vaccine.

Another National Guardsmen waived me out to leave the parking lot at 10:45 AM.   The whole vaccination took one hour and 30 minutes.  St. Patrick’s Day was the first day that vaccinations were available for me.  I expected a longer wait than actually occurred with a hectic process.

Thanks to all the public servants that took their time to make this an easy operation.  Everyone was very professional and friendly and standing out in the cold mist to make sure that the citizens could receive their vaccines.

I now have a new set of heroes to admire.  I will be receiving my second Pfizer vaccine on April 6th.  I have had no reactions whatsoever except the same as a regular influenza vaccine – a little arm pain.

OK, so how did I rehab from my shot?  See below.

I went to an early lunch at El Perico’s – a 10-minute drive from the airport.  Their salsa is the best on earth.  I had not been there for months due to the pandemic.  My waitress -an old friend- said that everyone in the restaurant was vaccinated the week before me.

I apologize if this was boring.  I wanted to let everyone know that my COVID-19 vaccination was really a nothing event.  As they say in North Carolina, GET YOUR SPOT, TAKE YOUR SHOT.


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2 Responses

  1. Mindy, I was glad to do it. The booster is coming on April 6th. I almost did not write the article until I realized that it was a way to think all the people involved with standing in the cold mist to make sure everyone received their vaccination that day. I will update this article or add another one after April 6th.

    Thanks for commenting, and you are welcome.


James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

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