Photography: Jamaica Queens NYC: Or I Got My Second COVID Vaccine Shot
To the tune of Peaches and Herb‘s “Reunited:” Vaccinated and it feels so good . . . As I mentioned a previous post, my second COVID-19 vaccination appointment was on Mother’s Day. The second shot was a small belated birthday gift to myself and a Mother’s Day gift to mom. The sense of jubilation and relief I’ve felt after getting the second shot has been difficult to describe, but I know that within the next two weeks, I will have made sure that I’ve protected myself from the worst effects of COVID-19 — while protecting others I love.
Again, thank you scientists and medical professionals. Thank you to the staff at York College and the soldiers, who administered the vaccinations in a courteous, professional and speedy fashion: with both appointments, I was in and out within 20 minutes or so. And I don’t think I’ve been called “sir” that much in my life. (Am I even that old to be called “sir”?) Also, getting vaccinated makes it easier for me to actually do so many things I’ve desperately missed: concerts, sitting inside bars, sitting inside restaurants, ballgames, being in other people’s homes if they’re vaccinated and so on. But mainly concerts.
If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, you should. You protect yourself from the worse effects of COVID-19. You also protect yourself, your loved ones and others around you. And so far, other than a mild bit of soreness in my arm, the side effects I’ve had — and of those I know — have been very milld. Look, having a day or so where you might feel unwell is better than actually catching COVID and hoping the side effects are minor. Plus, you can do more things. So seriously, go and get the vaccine.