How I learned to stop worrying and love the vaccine line

Most people who know me would not describe me as “calm,” even in the best of times. But over the past year, I’ve been queasy with a near-daily anxiety about the people I love: a grandmother fresh off chemotherapy; two other grandparents in their 90s; my parents, with their own comorbidities; cousins and friends working in COVID-19 units without proper PPE.

Nothing, though, has been as agonizing as the past three months. I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions: elation at the approval of two (and now three) safe and effective vaccines, followed by bitter disappointment at how slowly the rollout is going.


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