I can hardly imagine that I’m lastly saying these phrases: I simply acquired my first COVID vaccine! Can you inform I’m so rattling excited? I’ve been ready for this since we first went into lockdown a yr in the past.
My husband is within the navy and works on a COVID-related unit, so he was capable of get his vaccines actually early. I’ve been significantly envious for a pair months now. When he got here house along with his second dose, I informed him I’ve by no means been so jealous of somebody in my life, and I wasn’t mendacity. I’ve needed this COVID vaccine BAD.
Every morning, I test to see if there’s any information about our state shifting to the subsequent part. Earlier this week, I lastly acquired excellent news. We stay in Tennessee, and partially on account of lack of demand for the COVID vaccine (ugh) it was lately introduced that we are going to be shifting on to group 1c subsequent week.
1c is made up of individuals with “qualifying medical conditions.” Apparently, I’ve a type of.
I’m in good well being, however my fats physique is a qualifying situation by itself. Even although I’ve completely no well being points, simply the actual fact that I’m fats is sufficient to get me the COVID vaccine.
For as soon as in my life, being fats has despatched me to the entrance of the road. Sure, it’s based mostly on BMI which is bullshit, and naturally a giant a part of the explanation fats individuals seem much less wholesome is due to medical mistreatment, and YES, I discover your complete manner that our tradition pathologizes fats our bodies to be problematic and intensely dangerous.
That earlier vaccine, although…GIMME.
Last evening, my probability to enroll unexpectedly arrived. My husband acquired an electronic mail a couple of vaccination clinic for qualifying navy dependents. They have been extending the invitation to 1c. I jumped on the probability. With trembling fingers and a smile on my face, I selected my time slot, then I fell asleep with the anticipation of realizing that in simply 12 hours, I might be one step nearer to some form of normalcy.
This morning, one of many guys assigned to work on the clinic known as to verify my appointment. He gave me the rundown about privateness, then requested my age. When he realized I used to be solely in my thirties, he inquired if I had any qualifying well being circumstances that might put me in group 1c.
I informed him I qualify based mostly on my BMI.
I’ve by no means heard somebody get so uncomfortable so rapidly. Hand to God, I might nearly hear him turning purple. It was most likely awkward for him as a result of some persons are actually bizarre about their fatness, however as we speak, no one might inform me a factor about this physique.
Fat? YES! Get me my vaccine.
The man began sputtering a bit, after which lastly spit out, “Ma’am, since you’re young, I have to ask if you’re severely…Ummm… I mean this respectfully, of course, but are you…Uh…that is to say, is your weight certainly um, high enough to qualify you in group 1 Charlie?”
I needed to stifle fun. He was asking if I used to be positive I used to be fats sufficient. I cheerfully answered, “Yup! Super fat! Nobody will wonder if I qualify when you see me, but I’m happy to jump on a scale for you if I need to!”
He rapidly answered, “Oh no, um, that won’t be necessary if you’re severely ob…um, I mean, well if you say you qualify, then we can just um…we can trust your word.”
For the subsequent half hour, I laughed each time I thought of his awkward, strangled voice making an attempt so onerous to cease himself from saying, “severely obese.” This poor man tried so onerous to not offend me. Little did he didn’t know that he actually couldn’t have offended me if he tried. Not as we speak, child.
This COVID vaccine is my first step towards some stage of peace and freedom. I might have carried out a unadorned cartwheel within the clinic if that’s what I needed to do. (Okay, I can’t do a cartwheel, however I might have carried out a assured bare strut.)
When I walked via these doorways to get my vaccine, I stored ready for somebody to inform me I used to be within the improper place. It didn’t really feel actual. But it was actual.
I checked in at 11:06. The needle was in my arm by 11:14. I used to be out the door at 11:29.
It took twenty-three minutes to ignite an actual hope in me that perhaps just a few issues can begin to be a bit of extra regular. I believed I’d be extra emotional, however as I sat there for fifteen minutes ready to ensure I didn’t have any allergic response, I simply felt actually excited and relieved. Even via my masks, you possibly can inform that I couldn’t cease smiling. (I additionally couldn’t cease singing Dolly Parton’s vaccine in my head. Did you hear her sing it to the tune of Jolene? She is valuable.)
Anyway, in 4 weeks, I’m going again for dose quantity two of the COVID vaccine, and by mid-April I ought to be having fun with the advantages of a excessive stage of COVID immunity.
That ought to be the tip of the story, but it surely’s by no means fairly that easy for fats individuals, is it? Someone at all times has some shit to say about us, and that is no totally different.
I’ve seen numerous cranky individuals on-line which are pissed that folks in our bodies like mine get our COVID vaccines earlier than individuals in skinny our bodies. They assert that weight problems is a selection (it isn’t) and that each one skinny persons are skinny as a result of they deal with themselves. (They aren’t.)
It’s just a few ignorant, fatphobic nonsense. The identical individuals who deal with fats individuals like we’re ticking time bombs, declaring that they’re very, very apprehensive about our well being additionally don’t need us to obtain a vaccine that can permit us to keep away from an infection, or at the very least fare higher ought to we contract COVID-19.
It’s nearly like they don’t give a shit about our well being in any respect, and so they simply don’t like fats individuals. Shocking.
Luckily for us, crabby individuals’s want to punish us only for having greater our bodies doesn’t really issue into the science. Fat individuals don’t at all times fare properly with COVID, so we get our vaccines early. It’s occurring whether or not individuals whine about it or not, so should you’re fats, signal your self up the second you’re eligible. Enjoy this uncommon perk of being in a fats physique.
Then afterward, be protected. Keep on masking, comply with the science, and don’t act like your vaccine means the pandemic is over.
But please do get pleasure from basking within the faint mild that’s shining our manner from the tip of the tunnel. A pair weeks after the second dose, an individual’s probability of hospitalization and loss of life plummets. Once you’ve acquired your vaccines within the bag, you’ll be able to cautiously proceed via life with so much much less concern, and that’s value it.