On February 25, the day the province opened online booking for COVID-19 vaccine doses to the general public aged 85 and over, more than 72,000 Quebecers signed up in just four hours. \nMTL Blog talked to a few of those Montrealers who have already received a dose of the vaccine to hear about their experiences, giving us an idea of what to expect when our time comes. \nEditor's Choice: Here's What You're NOT Allowed To Do In An Orange Zone If You Live In A Quebec Red Zone\n\nWhat's it like when you arrive on-site for a COVID-19 vaccine?\nBob Kavanagh, a 78-year-old Montrealer, got his first vaccine dose at Palais des congrès on March 2. \nKavanagh told MTL Blog he was greeted by staff at the entrance, which contained arrows on its floors for directions. \nHe said wheelchairs were available for elderly Quebecers who weren't as mobile, and there were plenty of chairs for people to rest if needed.\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by CIUSSS l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Mtl (@ciusss_est_montreal)\n"He gave me a [new] mask and verified my [medicare] card, told me a bit about the process and where to go next — up a set of escalators," Kavanagh said.\nFrom there, a guide pointed him toward a nurse. At the nurse's desk, he confirmed his medical information and was asked to sit and prepare for the injection.\nAfter removing his winter outerwear, Kavanagh said he was asked to place his left arm in an appropriate position — then he received the injection.\n\nWhat's it like to get the shot?\nKavanagh told MTL Blog he did not experience any pain or discomfort when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine dose.\n"The process was very smooth, courteous [and] professional [with] no ambiguity," he said.\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by CIUSSS West-Central Montreal (@ciussscentreouest)\nBarbara Weston accompanied her spouse, 79-year-old Garry Bird, to his appointment at the Bob Birnie Arena on March 4.\n"They had big plexiglass up in front of us [and] everything was done between the plexiglass," Weston said. \nShe said the whole process took around 20 minutes from the time they arrived to the time they left the arena.\n"I cannot sing their praises enough for how they treated us," she said. \n\nWhat's the process afterwards?\nWeston said that after her husband received the vaccine dose, he was required to wait 15 minutes so health care workers could monitor for any reactions. \nShe said they gave him a red slip to indicate he was waiting and then a different slip when he was cleared to leave the arena.\nKavanagh said that within five hours of receiving the dose, he experienced a mild headache, which persisted until the next morning.\n"My shoulder was sore overall at a low to medium level and that persisted until [the next] afternoon," he said, but he noted that the symptoms went away by the following day.\nThe slip Bird received when he was cleared to leave, according to Weston, contained information on possible side effects.\nThe slip says that more than 50% of people feel pain in the place they were injected. \n View this post on Instagram A post shared by CIUSSS West-Central Montreal (@ciussscentreouest)\nWhile uncommon, it also says less than 50% of people could experience headache, fatigue, joint pain, muscle soreness, diarrhea, vomiting or swollen lymph nodes.\nLess than 10% of people could experience swelling and redness in the place they were injected, the slip says.\nWeston said Bird did not experience any side effects since he was informed by health workers at the vaccination site to move his arm regularly to avoid soreness.\nBoth Kavanagh and Weston said they immediately received appointments for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after being injected with the first dose.\n"A guide led me toward a desk where a person arranged a follow-up shot, gave me a paper copy of that appointment [and] explained it would be confirmed by text and email — which it was almost immediately," Kavanagh said.\nIn Weston's case, she said her spouse's documentation specified which vaccine he received, which was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.\nBird is expected to receive his second dose on June 24, almost four months after receiving the first dose.