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In the fall, I contracted COVID and it was the sickest I have been in my life. Not being a member of the ruling class, I had to rely solely on my immune system to get through it. I obviously did not die but seemed to have some lasting effects: persistent fatigue and breathing issues. These made running challenging, but it is likely that my years of running contributed to my ability to get through COVID. When the vaccines became available to older Americans, I waited my turn. Florida eventually made them available to educators, but the Governor pointedly excluded higher education faculty and staff. Like most faculty at public colleges, I was required to return to the classroom. I was not overly concerned; surviving COVID is supposed to grant long-lasting immunity and being fired would be far more dangerous than getting COVID again. Like everyone else on campus, I had to get bi-weekly COVID tests. Eventually the governor allowed everyone over 50 to get the vaccine, and I was able to get my first shot of Moderna at the community vaccination site on campus. I felt a bit rough after that shot. While waiting for my second shot, the possible issues with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine made the news and there were some worries about there being enough vaccines available. Fortunately, I was able to get my second shot. Unfortunately, I had most of the side effects. It was very much like a day and a half of having a rough case of the flu. But, having endured COVID, it was not bad by comparison. Within a few days of the second shot I was fully back to what passes for normal. It might be a placebo effect, but the lingering issues I attributed to my COVD infection improved. There is, however, some evidence that the vaccine can have this effect—which is yet another reason for some people to get it. While I got my vaccine as soon as I could, some people are hesitant to take the shot. In some cases, people are hesitant for rational reasons: these vaccines were rolled out quickly. . .

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