BY D’ARCY PATRICK EGAN
A group of cheerful young women were running the show at Magruder Hospital on Saturday afternoon, confidently guiding senior citizens from one station to the next, filling out forms and efficiently getting them ready for the final step.
On this day, it would be a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine, the first of two vaccinations needed to provide the best protection.
Most of us were anxiously awaiting the vaccination, and hoping it would protect us from being infected by a virus that had already infected and even killed friends and family. Almost a half-million in the U.S. have died from Covid-19.
For many of us who are senior citizens, it is a virus that had put our lives on hold. The most vulnerable in the population, seniors often have pre-existing conditions that make Covid-19 more deadly.
We have children and grandchildren we have not hugged during a very long year since the virus reared its ugly head. Many of us now work from home, and many are out of work, their savings dwindling or gone.
The vaccines we are getting have been proven to protect a very high percentage of the women and men who are inoculated. Just as importantly, they provide a sense of freedom from the fear of getting the virus, or giving it to a loved one.
That’s why even those of us who have been inoculated should all continue to wear face covering, practice social distancing and continuously wash our hands.
The confidence the vaccine provides is one of tremendous relief. The Sword of Damocles, as in Cicero’s parable, Covid-19 has been real. But having a vaccine, and federal and state governments working to make sure everyone is vaccinated in the coming months, brings a sigh of relief.