I got my second COVID shot at the Natick Mall last week. The process was seamless, and despite the rough 12 hours that followed, I felt instantly lighter. Multiple family funerals, a pandemic break-up, 20 pounds, and a year and a half of online graduate school later, it was an emotional moment.
Practically, it’s also exciting to consider the wide range of activities I may now engage in safely and comfortably. The CDC’s latest guidelines, for example, say I can stop wearing my mask outside and in many indoor spaces. To be clear, I’ve hated wearing a mask for the entirety of this pandemic. I’ll even admit that the inconvenience has dissuaded me from running a quick errand that I wouldn’t have thought twice about pre-pandemic. However, like millions of vaccinated Americans, I’ll continue sporting a face covering for the next month or two.
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