It is with gratitude this morning that I reflect on the experience of receiving my first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. I am grateful, of course, that because of my age, I was included in this early group of recipients. But more than that, I am grateful for the manner in which the process was administered. As I understand it, each state may follow their own plan, and in Florida, each county is free to develop a method of administering the vaccine in light of the unique needs of the residents of the county. Having gone through the process, I would like to commend the officials in Orange County for their handling of this monumental task.

For me, the most difficult part of the process was maintaining patience during the computerized registration and application phase to obtain an appointment. I consider myself computer literate, and I fear for those who might not be so comfortable following the on-screen clicking directions.

Be that as it may, once I arrived at the convention center at my appointed time, patience was once again demanded as a very long line of cars slowly snaked its way through the many drives leading to the convention building. I don’t know the exact number in this appointment time, but the line was like like a slow rush hour on the freeway. Listening to one of my Audible books helped a great deal.

But after more than an hour and a half of slowly inching along, finally reaching my destination, I was amazed at the efficiency with which we were directed. A large number of staff moved our vehicles into and out of vaccination slots like a well-choreographed ballet. It was most impressive, and if the process around the country is as efficient, we will soon have this phase of the virus under control.

My hat is off to all who have had a part in this feat. Job well done!

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