In the crazy times we live in, I mistakenly thought figuring out when I’d be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine would be easy. Federal and state leaders and experts have been talking about the vaccine rollout for months. After almost a year of masks and isolation, getting vaccinated is the number one thing on pretty much everyone’s mind. Determining when I would be eligible and how and where I’d need to go didn’t seem like too big of an ask. I should have known better.
Let me preface this by saying I had no expectation of receiving a vaccine quickly. While I am a quad and a wheelchair user, I’m healthy and in good shape. I’m not over 65. I’m not immunocompromised, and I’m not an essential worker. There are a lot of people who need vaccines before I get one, and I’m fine waiting. Additionally, vaccinating tens of millions of people is an unprecedented and overwhelming task, and based on the way our government has struggled to respond to the virus to date, I wasn’t getting my hopes up for a miraculously speedy rollout.
All I wanted was some certainty — a sense that there was a clear plan and an understanding of how I fit in it. Certainty has been hard to come by in