US student David MacMillan was just walking through an enormous grocery in DC on Friday night when the pharmacist flagged him and his friend down.
Apparently, some frontline workers and first responders who were listed to urge the doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine near the shop had missed their appointments, leaving them with a couple of unused doses, NBC reported.
“She turned to us and was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got two doses of the vaccine and I’m getting to need to throw them away if I don’t give them to somebody. We draw in 10 minutes. does one want the Moderna vaccine?” MacMillan told NBC.
By pure luck, MacMillan and his friend each received the primary dose of the vaccine. Now they’re both scheduled to receive the second dose in a few weeks.
If a vaccine provider can’t line up a healthcare worker or first responder to receive an unused dose at the eleventh hour, then city guidelines involve the shot to tend to anyone who happens to be within the vicinity.
“It’s important that, when there’s such a lot misinformation swirling, that folks are ready to see that this is often an honest thing, this is often a positive thing. we should always be excited about having the ability to affect the pandemic,” MacMillan said.
MacMillan said he had a light reaction to the vaccine — a headache — but overall feels great. He said the CDC is checking with him a day by text, to watch any symptoms.
Washington DC is currently browsing the Phase 1A of vaccinations, with shots for health care workers in settings like hospitals, long-term care facilities, and pharmacies. Phase 1B will include residents aged 65 and above, teachers, and a number of other categories of essential workers.
McMillan reportedly called the doctor a ‘heroine’ and said that he wished to spread positivity and awareness on the great effects of the vaccine by sharing the video of him getting inoculated.