They made the AstraZeneca vaccine available here in Montreal to the 55+ age group, before that age group is eligible for the normal vaccines.
Since the best vaccine is the one in my arm, and the serious side effects (potentially lethal blood clotting) are extremely rare, I took it, on day one.
I went in the Olympic Stadium, because why not. Huge lineups in the morning (first photo, not mine) but at 19h00, when we went, there were only 25 people in line.
Since it was one of the last doses the fridge was empty and every syringe was passed to my nurse from the central supply in order not to waste any dose.
I asked for permission and could take selfies of the actual jabbing. The nurse even posed and kept the needle in my arm for 10 seconds until I was done.
After the 15 minutes wait time we were out at 20h00. (And yes, government URLs are ridiculously complicated here.)
No side effects so far, my arm is sore at all times, so I wouldn't even notice that.
Second dose in four (!) months, because the current policy here is to give a first dose to everyone until we have more supply.
A few million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are "on loan" to Canada by the US. They can't say it's a gift, that would be a breach of contract.
We'll give it back in a year, promise.
The reason why the US can't export or gift any vaccines made in the US, are because strict clauses in the contracts your ex-president signed. So now the US has a huge stockpile while most other countries have huge shortages or no vaccine at all.