There are huge pushes happening right now to get everyone vaccinated, and if celeb-filled PSAs and urgings from Idaho leaders aren't doing it for you, maybe you'll consider some thoughts from another hesitant vaxxer.

Getting a COVID vaccine is not a slam-dunk decision for everybody, and I hemmed and hawed for weeks about it.  Scanning social media for thirty seconds tells me I'm not alone with the reservations.

Some of the reasons I had for hesitating may have been valid, and other reasons might have been lame, but either way, they kept me from registering for an appointment to get the shot for weeks.  The vaccine-hesitant all have different reasons for not rushing to make an appointment, and these are a few of mine.

I don't like long lines or big rushes for things that have huge demand and if there is competition over something I'll step back and let everyone fight it out, and then take the leftovers.  I'm a horrible Black Friday shopper for this reason because I just don't care enough to scratch and claw for a deal that we're all supposed to want.  The same thing happened at first with the COVID vaccine -- the mad scramble to find an appointment wore me out and I didn't care to get involved in the stress, so I waited.  Even the simple act of taking the time to do it was also a deterrent because, well, it took time.

I'm generally careful about any medicine that I take too, and I'm not a big fan of introducing any new foreign substances when protein, grapefruit, exercise, and prayer seem to be working just fine.  And I'm leery of side effects.  Those prescription drug commercials that spend fifteen seconds promoting the greatness of whatever med it is, and the next forty-five seconds listing horrible, awful potential side effects freak me out!  What if I take meds and end up with a lifelong itch or something?  Side effects scare me, and then I'm back to wanting to live on grapefruit and prayer.

But I had a change of heart about the COVID-19 vaccine and decided to do it.  I want to stay healthy, help protect my family, support my mom who is a big proponent of the vaccine, support my 71-year old neighbor Chuck who has Parkinson's, and be a part of something bigger than myself that will hopefully lead to a global solution.  If the vaccine works, roadies who work at live music venues will get their jobs back, and sports fans will be back in stadiums at full capacity.  These thoughts make me happy.

The shot itself wasn't that bad. I've only had round one (Moderna) and round two will be May 21.  I've heard the second shot is rougher than the first, but it doesn't sound like anything that Netflix and a night on the couch can't solve.  I did have a scratchy throat and dry cough the day after the shot and I wondered if I might become a headline that read, "Woman Gets COVID Vaccine and Develops Lifelong Hot Mouth," but it was gone after 24 hours.  The effects seem short-lived. lists dozens of places around the Treasure Valley where you can get the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson shot.  Appointments are required in most of these places and sometimes stock is limited, so you'll want to check ahead for sure.  There are several Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid locations that offer the vaccine, and several others.  Here are a few:

Rite Aid #RA105413
1515 W State St • Boise, ID 83702

1650 W State St • Boise, ID 83702

Davis Family Medicine
222 N 2nd St #204 • Boise, ID 83702

Walgreens Co. #13888
455 Broadway Ave • Boise, ID 83702

1219 Broadway Ave • Boise, ID 83706

Wander Medicine
1105 S Federal Way • Boise, ID 83705

Rite Aid #RA105418
1100 S Vista Ave • Boise, ID 83705

Fred Meyer Pharmacy #70100662
5230 W. Franklin St. • Boise, ID 83705

Walmart Inc #10-3094
3233 N Cole Rd • Boise, ID 83704

Costco Wholesale Corporation #761
2051 S Cole Rd • Boise, ID 83709

Walmart Inc #10-2862
4051 E Fairview Ave • Meridian, ID 83642

3499 E Fairview Ave • Meridian, ID 83642

Kaylor Family Medicine
2536 N Stokesberry Pl • Meridian, ID 83646

250 S Eagle Rd • Eagle, ID 83616

Walgreens Co. #12124
265 S Eagle Rd • Eagle, ID 83616

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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