COVID-19 vaccination

I was vaccinated against Covid-19 on May 1, 7:30 AM. My first jab (Moderna) took place at Victor Hugo Sports Hall transformed into a vaccination center, in Luxembourg. My husband came to give me emotional support (or the other way around).

We sat and waited for my turn. I felt slightly excited. A nice older Luxembourgish woman took care of me. It was a slow and painless procedure. I saw she took more time than other healthcare workers. We thought she might be a retired physician. Thanks to her, I felt relaxed. After the inoculation, we had to sit for 15 minutes and I was given a box of masks afterward. Then we went to the market, bought four packets of strawberries (on May 1!), and happily went home. My left arm felt sore for two days. I wondered if I had been recovered from the virus without knowing it.

Many friends experienced little to no side effects (e.g., arm soreness). A few reported some side effects (e.g., headache, nausea, vomit, and more). And a few friends have refused to get vaccinated.

Unexpectedly I felt happy after getting the jab, which made me realize my valid concerns or vaccine hesitancy: are they really safe? are they effective? what about the Indian double mutation? what if nobody was there – on May 1? are we achieving herd immunity soon? what’s the point of getting a vaccine!? any excuse to skip vaccination?

Despite the slow start, many people in Luxembourg (and Belgium) will be fully vaccinated by the end of May. I am of course happy about our pandemic recovery, but I feel uneasy at the same time. Simply because the pandemic is far from over. I believe that climate emergency is a big factor in the outbreak of a pandemic such as COVID. Meanwhile, things seem to return to normal as if nothing has happened. Luxembourg’s neo-liberal variants (major construction projects, land use change, dust, climate change, etc.) continue.

And the crisis in my native Japan is quite bad. Reportedly the number of coronavirus deaths per million people in Osaka is higher than in India. These days healthcare workers talk about COVIDs in metaphors drawn from the last lost war! (See, for example, this Tweet and this picture also on Twitter)

Recently I’ve read something very ridiculous — a town in Noto used about $230,000 - $250,000 of the COVID-19 relief funds to build a giant squid statue in the hopes of reviving local tourism! It is quite clear that lessons have not been learned in Japan. Has this giant statue ever increased our capacity to protect ourselves from infection? Has it helped to improve people’s well-being or capabilities!? What a failure to consult locals in post-COVID planning! (Read on The Guardian, May 5, 2021)


Vaccination against COVID-19

Interesting read, Sachie.

I had my first jab on May 14 and the second one on June 24. Like in Luxembourg, there were only retired physicians where I was vaccinated in France; hat's off to them. Why don't young physicians volunteer in these public vaccination centres?