Friday, April 23, 2021

A vial of my blood now belongs to the scientists studying the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

When I rececived my vaccination weeks ago, I volunteered to return for an antibody test. This will determine how the vaccine is impacting my body's ability to fight the virus.

I visited the same clinic in San Antonio's South Texas Medical Center yesterday afternoon for a blood draw. The clinic will forward my blood to a lab which will have my results in about a week. I'll share the results here once I receive them.

I'll mention again that I received the vaccine more than 14 days ago, with no recognizable negative side effects. I was a little sore for about a day at the place on my arm where the needle went in, but other than that I've felt great.

If you are one of the folks apprehensive about getting vaccinated against COVID-19, relax and go get the shot(s). As a physician from New York University aptly stated shortly after the J&J pause began, statistically you're more likely to get blood clots from acquiring COVID-19 than from receiving any vaccination.

Let's see if the results I receive indicate the vaccine is having its intended impact on my immune system, or if it sheds any light on whether I've even had the virus already during the pandemic.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Fully vaccinated and looking forward to throwing my goofy mask in a trash can

Thanks to our friends in the South Texas Medical Center, I have now joined the one-in-four Americans fully vacinated against the deadly COVID-19 scourge.

I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine yesterday afternoon at 5282 Medical Drive, Suite 160. That vaccine only requires one shot. It was painless and simple, and as far as I can tell has absolutely no side effects. I felt healthier within minutes.

Am I going to get Coronavius now? No way! That silly stuff may crawl around on my hands or my nose, and may even get into my lungs, but the evil microbe has been rendered powerless by the dedicated scientists and health care professionals working with the Johnson & Johnson company.

If you're having a difficult time finding an appointment to receive the vaccine, don't rely on one or two locations. For weeks, I checked the same locations and kept receiving a "no appointments available" notification.

Instead, go to VaccineFinder.org and simply enter your zip code. They will give you list of locations in your area that have the vaccine in stock, and you can make your appointment online.

Let's all get vaccinated so we can finally throw these goofy masks in a trash can, once and for all.

By the way, if you haven't had a chance to check out my incredibly important "Ponderings During the Pandemic" podcast, I encourge you to do so right now. I'll place part one below, but you can find links to all three instalments under the video.

Pondering During the Pandemic with John Tyler, Vol. 1

Pondering During the Pandemic with John Tyler, Vol. 2

Pondering During the Pandemic with John Tyler, Vol. 3