Up til now--you needed to fit into a certain category to be eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19; You needed to be a Health Care Worker, Over age 50, or over age 16 with underlying medical conditions. There are those who still say they won't get vaccinated, whether out of fear of the vaccine and it's side effects, or because it's against their beliefs. And it isn't required on a Federal or local level to do so, either, to be able to attend gatherings or even to just go grocery shopping. But it's looking more and more like it soon will be to travel or fly.

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Several Cruise lines are starting to book cruises again, and are requiring proof of vaccination in order to sail later this year. Many states have started to open the vaccination lines to everyone, regardless of your group classification. Texas, according to the Texas Tribune, will do so starting on March 29th. You can read their story here.

I was skeptical of all of it at first, even having underlying health issues with asthma and mitral valve prolapse--worried about how I would react even though typically I don't have reactions to anything--even the flu shot is fine. But I finally came to the conclusion that it's better to get it and have some protection of things getting to the point of needing to be hospitalized. The CDC is telling all of us not to be picky about WHICH vaccine you get-but for me it had to be the Johnson and Johnson one because I wanted one and done. When things open up to everyone to get it on the 29th--I hope you choose to do what Gwen and I both did--and get the vaccine. Let's protect ourselves and each other!

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