When will it be my turn?

By: 
Wade Young, Montgomery Messenger

That seems to be the question everyone is asking themselves: When is it my turn to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
I open my online health care portal almost weekly to see if I have received the message from my healthcare provider that I’m next to get the shot, poke, or jab, or whatever you want to call it.
Or maybe my vaccine instructions will come in the mailbox from the state of Minnesota?
In a perfect world, I can picture this arriving in the mail or email: “Hello, Minnesotan. Congratulations! You are the 634,892nd citizen in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. You can expect your first vaccination shot between 7:05 a.m. and 6:32 p.m. on April 28. Please respond to the vaccination site listed below and wait your turn. Your vaccine ID code is 245XTR987ES72. This is your only notice. If you have any questions, please call the number below. Calls will be monitored for quality assurance.”
When is it my turn?
If I don’t get my shot until August, it will take me back to grade school days. It will feel like recess where the popular kids are picking their teams for kickball. (Do they play that still?).
Standing against the fence in a row with my classmates, I would pray someone would pick me.
“Please don’t let me be the last one,” I would say in my head.
Luckily, I was never the last.
OK, I was second to last, but never THE last.
If it takes a long time to get my letter from the state, or my notification in my portal, I would expect it to say something like this, “We’ve scraped enough vaccine from 30 vials to vaccinate you. We added a little water to get a full shot, but you should be good-to-go after you receive it.”
I’m not in a hurry to get the shot. I still have to get the shingles vaccine, which I have heard is akin to having a truck roll over your arm, then backing up and rolling over the rest of your body. It’s not pleasant. I also know I’m playing Russian roulette by putting this off.
I want the COVID vaccines to go to the teachers, special needs kids, grocery store employees, retail people and warehouse workers. I’ve gone this far without getting the crappy bug, so I must be doing something right. I have piles of masks in my coat pocket and every nook and cranny of the car.
I wash my hands so much my fingerprints are fading. I only touch my face after I shower, and then it’s with a mask on.
I’m only kidding, but it will be nice to get back to normal, after we are all vaccinated. When that happens, is anyone’s guess.

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