It’s interesting to see the different approaches with these vaccine clinics here in Toronto.
When I got my first shot done in mid May, I went to a so-called pop-up clinic in an empty department store at a mall (former Target). It was coordinated by the local hospital and extremely well organized, which surprised me a little given how long it took them to get to this point… 😐
Today we experienced another clinic, this time on hospital property. The biggest issue was the construction block-off that disallowed access to the parking garage from the regular entrance, which meant we had to drive around and access it from the back. Which is fine and dandy except it added a few extra minutes to my travel time.
But all in all, it went well. There was a tent leading up to the entrance of the vaccine clinic, a building that was only semi-attached to the main part of the hospital, which is good. It meant people weren’t trekking through the hospital itself to get to the vaccine clinic.
There were some strange mobile stations at this location that I did not see at the pop-up clinic. It almost looked like a high-tech motorized scooter 🛵 with a computer screen attached at the front, about the size of a Harley Davidson. 🏍️ 😎
We were guided to three different stations and asked all the standard questions everyone is familiar with these days multiple times. Then they verified the health card information and finally moved us into a sectioned-off area where the vaccine was administered. The nurse administering the vaccine asked the exact same questions a third time, and never once checked any of the five pages I had to fill out (times two).
Did I mention the hospital sent me 3 PDFs, each one with multiple pages? And that you could not fill out the document online, it had to be printed and brought with you? All five pages (times two)? And that the nurse took the five pages (times two) but did not look at any of the info? What will happen to these pages now, I wonder? 🙄
The recovery area where you are slated to sit for 15 minutes was also slightly different than at the pop-up clinic. They made you take a ticket (like at a deli meat counter) and then told you to sit and wait. After 15 minutes someone called the numbers and you were able to go “check out”. At the pop-up clinic where I went a few weeks ago, I received a printed receipt with a time stamp that told me when my recovery period was over, and then I was guided to a standard folding desk with a screen to “check out”.
Also, there were no firemen or cute paramedics wandering around the recovery area at the hospital… There were several at the pop-up clinic. 😉😍 (eye candy) 🙃
But the whole experience went well, the staff was friendly, efficient and professional, and we were out of there without lingering side-effects or other issues. Even the parking wasn’t that expensive ($5 instead of the standard $14). (They really shouldn’t have charged us at all, and no, there was no side street parking available.)
We finished and left about 45 minutes after we got there and the line-ups for both the appointment and non-appointment/drop-in were very long. Glad I booked for mid-morning and not later in the day.
The unfortunate thing though is the second appointment is pre-booked 16 weeks from today. That’s theoretically when school’s back up and running and this is a pity. They’ve already missed an entire year of school (and if they even think about going back into lockdowns for the schools in particular, there will be civil unrest 🇨🇦 style, I can guarantee it).
Anyway, maybe (hopefully) they’ll get it together and move the date up. Pfizer Canada recommends to get the second shot after two weeks, not four months. But we’ll see. I’m not holding my breath. I’m just glad we got everyone done now so that at least the kids can feel more comfortable getting back into the swing of living their lives away from their parents. It’s been a very long and tedious year and a half and I think we all feel the time has come to respect, but not fear, this godforsaken virus and get on with living life.
Note: I am neither promoting nor discouraging getting vaccinated – I’m simply narrating, as per the story-telling vibe of my blog, our experience here in Toronto.
So that was today. Incidentally, there was no school because it’s a long weekend (Victoria Day – statutory holiday). The kids are hanging about but I think one of them made some plans later this afternoon… The other kid had plans yesterday.
It makes me happy to see them finally emerging out of their rooms and enjoying some outdoor activities with other teens which is completely normal teenage behaviour. SIGH.
The sun is bright and brilliant but the humidity from the last two days has moved on which makes it very pleasant to be outside. I love it like this, mainly because I can keep windows open!
I just have to contain myself a little when I’m in a yelling mood because… the windows are open. Ha.
So there you go. Life is on the move again, finally.
What’s up in your neck of the woods?
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