I took a giant step into the unknown for me and got my first vaccination EVER.  Yes, that’s right, I have never had a vaccination against anything before.  My mother didn’t believe in them, so I have spent my whole life without a shot.  My kids were all vaccinated against everything available, even the chickenpox, one for my youngest but me?  Nothing ever.


Why I got the COVID-19 Vaccine


I have watched my wife get the flu shot every year and I used to think it was unnecessary.  I rarely get sick.  My wife and all the kids can catch a stomach bug and I never get it.  They can all come down with a cold, but I remain healthy.  I don’t necessarily fear COVID-19 but I have a healthy respect for this virus.  I have a new grandson and watching him has made me reflect on how delicate life is.  Since I seem to have a pretty robust immune system, I felt like I would be okay, but you really can’t predict with this virus.  My wife is at high risk of contracting severe illness if she gets it.  So, I bit the bullet and got the shot.  To protect my wife and my beautiful new grandson.  I did it for them.


How it Was Getting the Shot


I had a surprising little wait time at my local Walgreens right here in Rochester.  It was painless and the woman that administered the shot must have been pretty talented because I barely felt it. Of course, later in the evening, I had a bit of a sore arm but nothing to really complain about.  Just felt like I worked out a bit hard and it was gone by the afternoon.  I look forward to the next dose on April 28th and will report back on how that went.  Right now, I am feeling pretty good about protecting others in my family and my community but breaking tradition and getting a vaccine.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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