So I just got my COVID-19 vaccine

I was finishing up work on Monday this week, and I got a call from the nurse from my GP’s surgery. They had a spare dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and asked if I could come in straight away.

Apparently I was already on their list of high-risk patients because of my medical history (cancer / obesity), and was due to be invited to get the vaccine later in the week anyway. But because they had a spare dose, and I live very close to the GP surgery, they decided to call me in early.

I was delighted to get call, and accepted straight away, and 5 minutes later I was stood outside the surgery waiting to be called in.

It was the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine that I received. It was administered very quickly and painlessly. I was then asked to stay in the waiting room for 15 minutes (for observation) before heading home.

I also have a provisional appointment for my second dose in 4 week’s time, but that might change if the government decide to extend the time period between doses, to allow for more people to receive their first dose.

I feel very lucky to have received the vaccine early. At the moment, the Irish health authorities are only vaccinating people aged 65-69 and also those judged to be at very high risk because of their medical status. Other adults under 65 face a wait of weeks – if not months – until they can avail of their first shot.


  1. Anthony said:

    That’s great news congratulations!! I was due to have mine in the Aviva on the 18th of April but it was cancelled due to the Astra recall. Still havent heard when i’ll be getting it but im sure it will be soon, anyway im heading for my Op on Monday and my GP thinks I might even get it while in hospital.
    Keep up the good work,

    Thu, 22nd Apr 2021
    • Richard said:

      Hope the operation went well Anthony, and that you’re not in too much pain! Let me know when you get your vaccine.

      Mon, 26th Apr 2021
  2. Anthony said:

    All went really well thanks Richard, I cant believe how far i’ve come in just over a week. I feel like a new man and im really excited for what the future holds.
    Keep up the great work!!

    Wed, 5th May 2021
    • Richard said:

      Glad it’s going well Anthony, and thanks for coming back to give me an update!

      Wed, 5th May 2021
  3. Richard said:

    I just got my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this morning, so in another 7 days I should be fully vaccinated against COVID. It probably won’t change how cautious I’m already being, but it will hopefully help with my anxiety.

    Tue, 18th May 2021

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