March 12 Day 369: One To Go

I received an urgent e-mail from my husband yesterday afternoon. My healthcare provider’s vaccine clinic was liberally interpreting “educator” to include higher education faculty and they had appointments available.

I immediately got online, signed up for the next available appointment, drove to the clinic, and received my first Moderna shot. It took maybe 60 minutes from notification to completion, including the 15 minutes that you need to sit before being able to leave. Mark arranged for his at the same time and received his injection this morning.

It is probably one of the most significant COVID-related events of the whole pandemic so far and I didn’t want to write about it. Washington State defines educator as K-12 or childcare worker — not higher education. Mark tells me not to feel guilty. The vaccines were thawed. They needed to be used. I was open about my position and my healthcare provider was OK with it.

I have an appointment for my second dose on April 7. It was the best early birthday present I could ask for.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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