As many other Americans can relate, when I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine back in March, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
I have a slew of pre-existing conditions that put me at a higher risk of complications from COVID, so I had gone to extreme lengths throughout the pandemic to stay safe. Now I could finally visit a grocery store without worrying any time a person was coughing an aisle over. I could hop on the subway to visit friends on the other side of the city whom I had seldom seen over the past year.
And I could travel. Before the pandemic, my husband and I were planning a trip to Spain so that