‘Put It Here Doc!’ Get Me Back To The Bars, Pubs And Clubs
The moment I see a sign up in our local CVS pharmacy that COVID-19 vaccine shots are available, I’m waking in and rolling up my sleeve.
“Just put it here, doc,” I’ll say while pointing to my arm.
There will be no hesitation, no delay, no waiting to see if other friends get it first in order to get their feedback on it.
This is because I want to put this whole thing in my rear-view mirror and I would like it if others would do the same. Mark 2020 down as a complete write-off and get back to our pre-pandemic lives.
I also don’t want to have to jump through hoops to travel. Heck, just to travel again to wide-open destinations anxious to welcome back travelers is something I’m looking forward to very much in 2021.
By the time the vaccine gets around to me and ordinary citizens like me then restrictions should be lifted, or certainly be in the process of it.
At home and elsewhere, I want to be able to go to restaurants, pubs and clubs – inside and outside – to travel to events such as New Orleans Jazzfest or San Francisco’s whacky Bay to Breakers as well as local festivals and events – without fear of catching COVID or giving it to someone else.
And I really don’t want elected officials to make one rule, not follow itself, then make another rule, and then change it all three weeks later.
And no, I don’t have any qualms about getting the vaccine. I trust it’s been tested enough in clinical trials (that being said, I don’t necessarily trust pharmaceutical companies in general because they are definitely out there to make a buck) and that any side effects will be minimal and if there are any that they will go away in one to three days.
I just had a flu shot and did have some minor side effects – I was initially very lightheaded for about three hours and had a bit of a pain in my underarm for about two days. Other that that, where were minor inconveniences at best, there was nothing and it did not negatively affect me or anything I was doing, either.
Look, everyone is different. Some people may have nothing and others may feel like crap after getting the vaccine. But that’s all temporary.
To me it’s barely even a small speed bump, especially when it will help me (and others) to get back on road, the rails and in the air to travel again.