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Coronavirus Vaccine Journey – Second Act – Over in 30 Minutes


Act II of my Coronavirus Vaccine Journey – Quick and No Problems

My coronavirus vaccine journey started on St. Patrick’s Day.  Check out that article here.  The booster shot occurred yesterday.  Obtaining the second vaccine was much easier.   The first vaccine took two hours to complete. This one took 25 minutes.

Why did I devote two articles to my coronavirus vaccine journey?  Quite a few people that I know were very hesitant to obtain a new vaccine.  I cannot blame them, but nothing happened to me and I have comorbidities – two artificial heart valves.

Yes, I did have a reaction of arm soreness, a slight headache, and a low-grade fever.   Those symptoms have all disappeared today.  (Whew!) – According to John Hopkins University, these are expected reactions:

What side effects should I expect from COVID-19 vaccines?

Side effects may vary with the type of COVID-19 vaccine. We know the most about side effects following vaccination with the Pfizer and Moderna messenger RNA—or mRNA—vaccines.

The most common side effect is soreness at the site of injection. Other side effects include fatigue, headache, muscle aches, chills, joint pain, and possibly some fever.

How long do side effects last?

Usually 24 to 48 hours, and no more than a few days.

Coronavirus Vaccine Journey Pics

I had to return to the same facility – the North Triangle Executive Airport.   The pics were not as good as the last time as there was no line.  Taking pics in a moving car can be challenging.   Each pic or group of pics will have a description below it.

I was expecting a longer line than this short one.  Last time, I was 2/3 of a mile behind me when I pulled up.  Nice!

My ID and CDC card were checked very quickly.   See the rearview mirror for the policeman that was checking everyone in.  I was running 45 minutes early as I had expected a long line. 

The Airport was set up for a huge operation.  I lucked out on the timing.   I spent 45 minutes last time getting to this part of the line.

The vaccination nurses are just ahead.  I did not have time to roll down my shirt sleeve and take a picture as the line was moving very rapidly.

I had to wait at the exit for 15 minutes to see if I was going to have any type of reaction.   I was given a Pfizer 2nd dose-reaction sheet to take with me.

I am finished and leaving.  My rehabilitation routine was to stop by El Perico Restaurant nearby (best salsa on earth) as I did the last time.   Their Speedy Gonzalez lunch in the pic above comes out in 3 minutes.   Soon,  we all can visit our favorite restaurants without worrying about another Coronavirus vaccine journey like mine today.

Thanks to all the National Guard, Franklin County North Carolina, Franklin County Police, and the NCDHHS for providing me with my vaccine.  Kudos to all the everyday heroes.

Update – As of April 16th, anyone can obtain a vaccine.  Check with your physician’s office before obtaining the Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J Vaccine.  None of this or the prior article is to be taken as medical advice.

All photos are the author’s work.


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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

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.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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  • Various trade publications


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