Getting vaccinated as soon as possible
Ana León arrived at the vaccination center in Mal Abrigo, a town in the department of San José, at 8:15 in the morning, 45 minutes before vaccination was to begin. She took the bus from San José de Mayo, the departmental capital 35 kilometers away. "I take care of older people. I have to be vaccinated to go take care of them. It never occurred to me not to get vaccinated. So I came to Mal Abrigo," she says. Ana had COVID in January. Anxious to make sure it didn't happen to her again, she traveled to get vaccinated before her turn would have come up in her own city. She received the second dose on a cold Saturday in July.
“The worst thing about COVID-19 was having to be alone for 14 days,” she says. However, she felt supported by neighbors and relatives: "The next door neighbors, one on each side, had also had COVID and were sending me messages and things, or they would come by and say, 'Neighbor, we're coming to pick up the garbage' or 'Neighbor, we're bringing you the things from the supermarket.'"
Ana had a fever only for one day. She says the worst thing was the fatigue. "I spent a lot of time lying down, because I listened to my body and didn’t want to walk, and in the afternoon I would get up and go out to the yard," she says. "I didn't have breathing problems; I had to sleep with the windows open and the fan on, but I still felt that there wasn't enough air."
She felt worse afterwards. "You’re exhausted, no strength at all, and you regain strength slowly. It took me about two months, and it affected my mind a lot too--a lot of headache, forgetting things. And to this day I haven't fully recovered my sense of smell."
Ana believes that traveling to get vaccinated as soon as possible is showing interest and "doing good." "To get vaccinated is to love yourself, to care about yourself," she concludes.