Boosted again

David Swan
2 min readSep 18, 2023

September 20, 2023

Covid vaccine vial.

My dose of the new Covid vaccine was about as ordinary as could be. I didn’t have to wait in line at the drugstore, and for the first time, the provider didn’t note the details on my CDC card.

The pharmacist said the policy changed because the shots aren’t mandatory. Besides, my card was full (and slightly dog-eared) after six rounds of vaccine before this one, starting in February of 2021. I remember that occasion well. I don’t recall thinking we’d still need shots two and a half years later.

I’ve noticed a few more masks around Atlanta since cases and hospitalizations began their “uptick,” though probably at least 95% of the people still go without them. I can understand why, since the bug has almost disappeared from the public arena, except among right-wing Republicans who are blasting the new vaccine and being rebutted by responsible doctors and scientists.

Some physicians report the symptoms of the latest variants are different than in the past, with few patients losing their sense of taste or smell, and are often less severe. But since I’m not getting any younger (damn it), I’ll be at high risk forever and most definitely do not want long Covid. Read what happened to an Atlanta-area nurse and you won’t either. Take care and be safe.

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David Swan

Writer, editor, ex-journalist, all-around communicator. Comfortable in real and fictional worlds. Always on the lookout for a great story.