Goshay: Don't pass up your chance to get your shot

Charita Goshay

This is a column about what didn’t happen.

I recently received the first of two Moderna vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus.

I know how lucky I am. For some people, trying to secure the vaccine has fallen somewhere between an “Indiana Jones” movie plot and playing the lottery.

I had help from a family member who’s a computer whiz.

It is not hereditary.

What didn’t happen when I got the shot was what we’ve seen in many other parts of the country. There were no endless lines. There was no pushing, no arguments, no YouTube-worthy fistfights.

Unlike what occurred in Florida, there were no millennials trying to jump the line disguised like Tyler Perry’s “Madea,” or Vicki Lawrence from “Mama’s Family.”

In fact, there was no line at all.

The pharmacists were busy doing pharmacy stuff when I arrived for my appointment.

A second person came in for his appointment about 15 minutes after I did. He left to browse.

Upon arrival, you’ll be required to fill out a form identifying you, and questions about your allergies and overall health. My second appointment was made and confirmed before I even received the vaccine.

There is no cost. Check with your pharmacy or your public health department for registration information and availability.

As Sinatra crooned in the background, which I took to be a good sign because he’s one of my favorites, the pharmacist said they had been busy in terms of administering the vaccine.

I only realized the shot was complete because, as we chatted, he was peeling a Band-Aid - he was that good at giving a shot.

He asked that I stick around the store for 15 minutes, I suppose, in case I had an adverse reaction or keeled over. The only thing that happened is I wandered about and bought more stuff than I planned.

The sensation of the shot had all but disappeared before I even left the premises.

Was I anxious? A little. We’ve been bombarded by stories of people who suffered from “Moderna arm,” or who ended up in the hospital or suffered from fever spikes.

But everything is a risk, isn’t it? Bypassing a vaccine that gives you a fighting chance seems infinitely riskier than an achy arm or a headache.

Every vaccination given brings us that much closer to life as we knew it.

However, there’s been so much loss it can never be fully restored. The numbers are staggering. Every death statistic has behind it a life story; of loved ones left behind, of hearts that have been irrevocably broken.

But even in the midst of this, during the worst domestic crisis of our collective memory, miracles have been accomplished. Millions of Americans have been protected through vaccines that didn’t exist a year ago.

We should cheer every time someone who wants a shot, gets a shot.

Time, God and history will judge the opportunities squandered, the misinformation and the politicization of the simple, selfless act of wearing a mask. But because we must give even the devil his due, the Trump administration deserves credit for green-lighting Operation Warp Speed, which shows what we as a country still can achieve when we set our minds to it.

The current administration deserves credit for coming up with a plan for implementing it.

Do I feel any different? To be honest, no, but when I left the pharmacy, the sun did seem to shine a little brighter.

Reach Charita at 330-580-8313 or charita.goshay@cantonrep.com. On Twitter: @cgoshayREP