Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
Frank Bernheisel
Posted 2.18.21
Just Outside Washington


This morning Kathy and I received our second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Hooray!

I would like to thank the Fairfax County Health Department for an efficient system.

As with our first shot, we each were sent an invitation by email to select a time and date for our shot. This invitation came a day before the end of our wait period after the first dose. We each clicked on the link in our invitations and selected February 17 at 8:45 AM as our time. The Fairfax County Government Center was the only location, which is 10 miles from our house. The instructions were clear:

Arrive 10 minutes early. You will receive a text message prior to your appointment time with a link to check in. Please click the link and complete the health screening to let us know you are in the parking lot. Remain in your vehicle until you receive a follow-up text message from us saying: 'We are ready to see you. Please come inside'. Proceed into the building for check-in only AFTER you have received this text message. Wear a mask the entire time you are with us, whether you are inside or outside our facility. Social distancing will be maintained.

We each received our text messages and proceeded into the building, following the signs. We were guided to a table and checked-in in person and answered some health questions. Then we were directed by the guides to a waiting room, where we each were assigned a number. When our individual number was called, we each proceeded to the vaccination room. Upon entering, each of us was assigned a table

Once more an ID check and health questions. Then I received my shot and Kathy, at a separate table, received hers. My CDC vaccine card was filled in and I was instructed to go to the waiting room for 15 minutes to make sure there was no adverse reaction.

Kathy and I were reunited in the waiting room and waited the allotted time, which ended with a text to each of us saying we were free to leave. The exit route was clearly marked with signs and arrows. We walked to the car and drove home.

The entire experience this morning took one hour and 45 minutes door to door.

An atta boy for the County and the Health Department.