Yesterday, my Connecticut town vaccinated 800 school staff members with the brand spanking new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Oh frabjous day! That was a favorite phrase of our dear founder Dan Olmsted, from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Which is
exactly where we are today.
It's as if Santa has slid down the chimney, and Jesus has returned and Elijah has sat down for the Seder meal all at once. I expect a virtual parade. No hint of worry. No mention of side effects. And it's "only one shot!" Women of all ages, including young wives and mothers, flooded the high school for their jab. Our precious babies, our injured children taught them....nothing.
I think those who are not interested in the vaccine at this time are simply keeping their mouths shut to avoid being slapped into stockades on our New England town green. Ever watchful. And worried.
As they waited to check out, a party-like atmosphere reigned in the waiting area, with relieved laughter and occasional high-fives among the newly vaccinated.
'This is a great day:' 800 Trumbull school staff gets vaccinated at special clinic