Samie Hartley’s Simple & Sassy: Take that, COVID! | Lifestyles
It was a bit like graduation day. I had taken a long time; I had done the job; and soon it would all be over. Finally, I could get on with my life – whatever that meant.
But instead of a diploma, I left with a small card that certified me as a recipient of two doses of the COVID vaccine, preparing me to join the company. It was like graduating from high school. After a short, peculiar, but ultimately life-changing period, I was about to be released, and it was a huge relief. And the best part was that there weren’t any caps and dresses needed.
Instead, I wore my “Science is Magic” t-shirt. And as I rolled up my sleeve and picked up my vaccine card, Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” started playing on the radio stationed in the waiting room. It was all very surreal. (Side note: Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” was playing after receiving my first jab, which I found strange, but somehow appropriate. Either way, I will now associate COVID vaccines with disco forever.)
Even though I wanted to boogie with Kool & The Gang, I kept my cool. Everyone seemed to be getting vaccinated quickly, and I didn’t want to draw unnecessary attention to myself. But I was a little disappointed that there were no confetti, streamers or balloons.
My husband, who got vaccinated at a few stations around my house, at least received a sticker as proof of his vaccination. I did not have a sticker. I guess they would be exhausted. He offered me his, but I refused even though I was a little jealous of having a sticky memory stiffened.