If you ever want to return to life before Covid-19, getting vaccinated is a step toward that.

 

It's been over a year since this pandemic took hold of the whole world...and when it did, all we wanted was a vaccine. In record time (causing some to question it's validity) we had one. Actually, several. There's the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. Pfzier and Moderna are two shot vaccines and Johnson & Johnson is just one. In fact of all the vaccines, Johnson and Johnson is the only vaccine that is one shot. I had the Moderna first shot and my second one is coming at the end of April. I am now part of the 30% of Mainers who have had at least one shot.

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The vaccines work with our own immune system, essentially tricking them into producing antibodies. Components of the virus are used to trigger that response in our cells. That's why some report not feeling great after getting a vaccine. That's not unusual or cause for concern. Try not to take anything for an ache or pain and let your body do it naturally so the vaccine can do it's job.

There are only a couple of exits out of this Covid mess we're in. One of them is a cure, and one of them is a vaccine.

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Getting vaccinated is your responsiblity. It's been made available and will be to most of us by mid April. It's easy to find a shot if you keep trying. Walgreens, CVS, Hannaford and Walmart have made it incredibly accessible. I went online to Walmart.com and followed the directions (you will need an account for any online registration). Bring your insurance prescription card as the vaccination is free and covered by insurance. Alicia couldn't have been nicer walking me through the process.

If you have questions, there is help. If you are scared, it's okay...but don't let it stop you from doing what will get us all collectively back to normal.

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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