When was the last time you were at the Danbury Fair Mall? Truthfully for me, it's been a couple of years until today when I hit up Danbury Fair for my second COVID vaccine shot. The best part was I didn't have to get out of the car!

To get the vaccine, you're required to make an appointment for both the first and second shots. My first shot was scheduled at Danbury Hospital, but my second was at Danbury Fair in a rear parking lot near J.C. Penny's and the parking garage.

COVID Vaccine at Danbury Fair - Ethan Carey

I arrived at 12 noon for my 12:10 appointment, not knowing it was going to take an hour before they poked my arm. Had I thought this through, I could have arrived earlier, sprinted into Chick-fill-A, ordered the Cool Wrap and some Waffle Potato Fries to go.

When I arrived, my first stop was the check-in location, where a dude in Army fatigues holding a small computer pad asked me a series of quick questions. From there, I was stopped by a woman in Army fatigues who instructed me to pull into lane #6. That's where the wait began, but that's OK because I kicked back, cranked up some Steely Dan, and patiently waited my turn. Had I played my cards right, I could have been chowing down on some Chick-fil-A, but I need to let that go.

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Despite the wait, the Community Health Center folks who organized the vaccine clinic executed everything perfectly. When the Army fatigue guy got the word, they sent us to the other side of the parking garage in the Lord and Taylor parking lot, where we were lined up in one of eight lanes for the actual vaccine shot.  

Lining Up for the Shot - Ethan Carey

Here's my advice, if your vaccine appointment is scheduled at Danbury Fair around lunchtime, bring along some Cheetos and a beverage along with some of your favorite tunes and turn it into some serious "me time".

If you haven't made your COVID vaccine appointment yet, you can register on the VAMS website by clicking vams.cdc.gov.  

Ethan Carey

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