Boosting the booster

I probably should have called Brandon Achor, it would have been easier and less frustrating.

But, I didn’t.

I needed to get the booster shot for Covid-19 and also a flu shot.

Getting a booster is remarkably easy, at least in theory.

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To find a location giving the shot, the Centers for Disease Control set up a website, www.vaccines.gov/, that will give you dozens of pharmacies that are administering the shot depending on your zip code. Maumelle’s 72113 listed 49 within 25 miles of the city.

As the site said that once you “find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.”

Having gotten the flu shot last year at Kroger, and with a grocery list in hand, it seemed that stopping at the pharmacy there would be easy enough.

As a person who doesn’t have a pharmacist, I don’t have any experience with Kroger’s site.

It wasn’t easy. After two unsuccessful tries booking an appointment online, I gave up and called only to have the voice answering system that I had to book online and was then disconnected.

Since I had to go to Kroger anyway, I thought I’d try a walkup but a friendly pharmacist said they weren’t taking walk ups and that I could book an appointment online. She also said that booking appointments had proved to be difficult to others as well and that anyone who used their phone was getting kicked out. Phones have a tendency to autofill information and the appointment site found that to be problematic.

I also had to go to Costco that day and as I went, signage at the front door said they were doing vaccination walk ups and went to the pharmacy where they said would be happy to do both the booster and flu shot, which, after filling out a couple of forms, I was able to get both done in about 10 minutes.

I didn’t feel great the next day. It was like having a hangover but not having had anything to drink.

On the other hand, I have the booster. I have my annual flu shot. And I have peace of mind.