The appointment was supposed to be at a hospital in New York City, and we were told we’d be getting a two-day course of shots, followed by two days of in-person appointments.
I had heard the shots were coming.
But my doctor wouldn’t say.
I got a call from her two days later, saying that the next appointment was for me.
The second one was three weeks later, when I got my next shot.
My family is a bit shaken, but I am happy.
I was scheduled to have my shot on Monday, but it took a week for the next one.
My parents and I are still trying to figure out why it took so long to get the vaccinations, and the questions we have are what if I didn: What if I had missed an appointment?
What if we’d missed our shot?
What could we have done differently?
“This is the best we can do,” my father, Dr. Robert F. Fessler, told me.
“I’m so proud of our family and our staff for doing this right.”
It’s not an easy process for many families to get vaccines, because it’s hard to track how many people have missed their appointments.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a quarter of all adults under 65 have missed a shot for vaccine safety reasons.
But Dr. Fesser said that his team is “making every effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” and they’re “working to make sure they get their vaccines” within two weeks of each other.
But the process can be complicated.
If you miss a vaccination, you might be asked to show proof of residence in a particular county, or to show that you’ve lived in the county where the vaccine is being administered for a year.
And if you’ve missed multiple vaccinations, you may be asked for a vaccination card, which can be hard to get.
A spokesperson for the National Vaccine Information Center told me that “most states and the District of Columbia are in compliance” with the law and “have made clear that any missed vaccination must be reported to the county or city where the vaccination is being performed.”
“You might be asking for more than one vaccination,” she added.
“It’s important to check to make certain that there is a vaccine you are getting.”
A doctor with the Vaccine Safety Advisory Committee, an advisory group, said he has received calls from people who say they missed their shots.
He said the law allows “some exceptions” for missed shots, such as those for children with special needs.
If a person has missed multiple shots and has not yet received the vaccine, they can request one for themselves.
If they do not have the vaccine card, they must wait at least one year after the second missed shot to get a second shot, he said.
But if a missed shot occurs when the person is not eligible for a shot, the doctor said, the person might have to wait a few more years.
“That is going to be challenging,” he said, because “you need to make a decision whether to wait.”
This isn’t the first time the government has tried to prevent people from getting vaccinations.
The law requires doctors to give parents who miss their shots a vaccine if their child is too young to be vaccinated, and it requires all public schools to get vaccinated for every student.
The push for a more centralized vaccination system, known as the National Immunization Strategy, was part of a broader effort to boost immunization rates among Americans.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January that required the government to increase the number of vaccines it gives out.
This year, he signed an order requiring that states report their vaccination rates.
Trump said he wants to boost vaccine coverage by 100 percent.
He has said that a lot of people who are getting shots aren’t getting enough of them, and he has urged states to improve the process by which people can get vaccinated.
This could make it harder for parents to get shots, especially if they miss multiple shots.
“We’re hoping this executive order will make sure that the vaccine gets to everybody who’s eligible,” said Dr. Eric B. Meyer, director of the Vaccines for Children Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which has seen a spike in cases of measles in recent months.
The United States now has the highest vaccination rate in the world, and Meyer said it’s important for people to know that there are more vaccines out there than ever before.
“If you’re an individual who is in a family that is not getting vaccinated, you’re going to get sick,” he added.
He noted that there’s a shortage of people to fill the positions.
“The CDC estimates that we’ve got a population of 2.3 million people in the United States, and if you’re not vaccinated, that’s the number you’re missing out on.”