PETALING JAYA: It has been smooth sailing for Malaysians living in the United States who went through their Covid-19 vaccination process.
“It was a positive experience. The service personnel were all so professional, courteous and kind, ” said sales manager Haryati Daud, who has lived in the United States for over 20 years.
Haryati, who is based in Vermont, said she received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on the first day of Ramadan last Tuesday. Her husband got his first jab as well.
They were vaccinated at Hartford Hospital, Vermont.
“The jab was not painful at all and it was done efficiently, ” she said yesterday.
As at last Friday, the United States has administered about 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
Each state is authorised to devise its own vaccination eligibility requirements.
Haryati said that so far she had not experienced any side effect.
“Alhamdullilah, there is no side effect except for mild arm soreness after the injection, ” she said.
She noted that health restrictions and protocols were still in place, especially in public places such as restaurants and hotels.
“Even if the local government eases some of the restrictions here once the vaccination plan is completed, I will still wear my face mask, ” she added.
She is expected to get her second jab 21 days after her first dose.
Marketing student Avantika Shankar, 38, who is living in San Francisco, said she got her first jab last Friday.
“The whole process was hassle free. I got mine at a local pharmacy for free, ” she said.
She said she applied to get the vaccine online and from there she received a follow-up email appointment.
“Once you receive your jab, you have to sit down for 15 minutes to see if there are any side effects. And once you feel fine, you can leave. It is really fast and quick, ” she said.
Anuar Fariz Fadzil, 40, who is living in Washington DC, got the Moderna vaccine on Saturday.
“During the pre-registration, we were asked if we had any preferences between Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson or no preference at all, ” he said.
He felt some soreness on his arm, besides a “low grade headache”.
“Other than that, it seems fine for me. I was told to rest if there were any other effects, ” he added.
He explained that he got his vaccination by chance before his actual appointment.
“My wife and I got a note saying that there was a surplus in vaccines in our district in Washington DC and they accepted walk-ins. So, we tried our luck and got it, ” said Anuar.
“We were done within 25 minutes. The longest was us waiting 15 minutes to be observed, ” he said.
He noted that in Washington, many shops and premises still required patrons or visitors to have masks.
“With spring approaching, you can see more people in parks with their masks off. But the physical distancing is still observed, ” he said.