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COVID-19 Vaccine: Getting the Shot

By Leezel Tanglao

Tayo Project Director

As the nation kicks off the second quarter of the year, more Americans are getting the opportunity to get vaccinated -- getting a step closer in turning the corner of the COVID19 pandemic.

Depending on where you get your shot, the experience can vary based on the provider.

However, the vaccine should not cost you anything, regardless if you have insurance or not.

Earlier this week, I had the chance to get my first shot at my local Costco in Southern California. You don’t have to be a Costco member to book a vaccine appointment.

Once booking an appointment online, the process was seamless. From check in to the actual shot itself, the process took little under an hour to complete. I received the Moderna vaccine.


After the health care worker explained what vaccine I was receiving and potential side effects and what to do if I experience any after receiving the shot, the needle went into my arm.


I felt a little sore around the injection area but nothing more than that. I was then instructed to sit out in the waiting area for 15 minutes in case I have an adverse reaction.

After 15 minutes, I left the store and went home.

As part of the paperwork and literature I was given, I signed up V-Safe, an app that text messages you check-ins to track how you are feeling and if you have any side effects.

I did experience a mild headache the following day but so far so good.

I return later in April to complete my second dose.

I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get punctured by a needle again.

In the meantime, I’m continuing to mask up, keep my distance and wash my hands to keep everyone safe.

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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