Opinion | In a Vaccine Shot, a ‘Gift of Light and Hope’

A reader recounts an unexpected experience of relief and euphoria. Also: The Afghan war; a family tribute in Ireland.

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If you have not yet received your first Covid vaccination, be forewarned. No, not the shot discomfort, not bureaucratic confusion, not the long process; not irritable vaccinators, not the post-shot stress in the waiting area, and not the angst of scheduling difficulties for the second shot, none of which occurred in the calm, pleasant, professional, quick and easy process I experienced. Everything was smooth and organized.

No, the surprise is the unexpected reaction of relief and even euphoria. Like a lifted weight. The bottle of water I grabbed on my way out tasted like Champagne, and the bright, breezy, sunny afternoon was startlingly uplifting. In mere minutes, life becomes better, brighter and beckoning.

We have lived so long with this pandemic, in all its difficulties — or worse — as well as a dark, cold, snowy winter, a fraught election and a Capitol riot. There have been conflicting information on vaccines and supply; disorganized vaccine distribution; the constant stress and strain of Covid protections and worries; family and social upheaval, and sadness.

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