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Forum, April 30: Strong start to beating COVID needs a strong finish

Published: 4/29/2021 10:00:04 PM
Modified: 4/29/2021 10:00:02 PM
Strong start to beating COVID needs a strong finish

“Well begun is half done,” Mary Poppins famously said. Success requires a good start. A pandemic demands it. Just over a year ago, businesses were rapidly shuttering while owners shuddered. A dark shroud had covered the Earth. Questions far exceeded answers. Anxiety and fear were the overriding emotions of 2020. Impossible to comprehend. A pandemic was upon us …

Bill Gates provided scientific tutorials for the layperson on mRNA vaccine development. Would this new vaccine technology lead us out of this pandemic abyss? Questions of when began to replace if. Salvation was coming to fruition. Just two injections. J&J’s “one and done” vaccine soon followed. Three safe and effective vaccines getting FDA emergency use approval. There was light …

Vaccine production began to flow with the force of the Mississippi River. The Biden administration assurances gave us hope. A tangible way out of this. Sites crashed. Our short supply of nerves challenged yet again. All we had to do was age-up and safely make it to that syringe…

A second dose of vaccine is on tap for later this week. Visions of sugar plums dance in my head. The thought of being fully vaccinated really is like Christmas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 5 million people have received their first shot of Pfizer or Moderna but have missed their second dose. That is 8% of our population. They are missing their window of time. Responsibility. Are we swirling politics in each protective vial? Vaccine hesitancy and not confidence? Herd immunity is critical. Haven’t they heard?

Variants are thriving. Weariness is understandable but COVID-19 amnesia is not. We have lost so much. So many lives. How many more firsts are we going to miss? More special occasions celebrated via Zoom. The social distancing dance will continue. How many more unnecessary goodbyes will be remotely said?

Elizabeth Ricketson

South Pomfret




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