“I’m a Mainer. I was born in Portland and love living in this city. I’m grateful to be here during this really hard time because we take this pandemic a lot more seriously than many states. But I also worry that too many of us are going to say “no” to getting a vaccine because there is a lot of noise out there blocking the facts.

I get it. I’m a little scared to get the shot too. There have been a small number of reactions to the shots. I have some food allergies. Not too severe but they require medication intervention. So I’m going to be one of the people who will have to be observed when I sit down in that chair and roll up my sleeve. 

But I also know that a reaction is better than the chance that I could get very sick and stay sick for months after; that I could be so sick that I’m on a ventilator; that I’m so sick that I could die. Or that I’m perfectly fine but get my mom and dad so sick before they get vaccinated that it has disastrous consequences. That’s something I can’t bear.

I believe in science. I’m a sci-fi nerd from way back, as you all know. Would Luke Skywalker get the vaccine? Would The Doctor get the vaccine? They would, because it’s the right thing to do, because it’s going to protect people and keep them safe. The more people who do, the safer we are.

I want to travel again. I want to walk down the street and breathe that salty Maine air, dodging tourists on busy downtown Portland streets. I want our state’s economy to revitalize and our local businesses to come back strong.”

My Story: Why I’m Getting Vaccinated I’m a Mainer. I was born in Portland and love living in this city. I’m grateful to…

Posted by Abby Peck on Monday, February 22, 2021