Saying yes to the vaccine is the easiest “yes” I’ve ever said.

Jennifer Dykstra, NP, Provider

Today… I got my covid vaccine. And I feel…. a lot. A lot of everything.

I feel grateful. Grateful that I’m healthy. Grateful I work for an employer that has the vaccine as an option. Grateful to be on the short list for the first round. Grateful I can do more to keep my family, patients, and community safe… Grateful that I can continue to care for high risk patients and be a part of their lives. I will do everything I can to keep them safe and healthy.
I feel aware. Aware of my privilege. Aware that a vaccine for me means someone else waits longer. Aware of the heaviness of the responsibility to educate, encourage and share my story, to maybe help someone not be so fearful.

I feel proud. I feel proud to be part of this scientific and medical community that has been working so hard, on all fronts, to save lives. I feel proud to live in the community where Pfizer is making the vaccine. I feel proud to be part of history.

But mostly I feel hope. Just a flicker. But most definitely, hope. For the first time in… too long. I feel hope that my kids will be able to return to school and friends and activities they love, after all we have asked of them this year. Hope that I will be able to see my parents in real life; that I won’t have to worry about my 65-year-old teacher dad and what he might be exposed to at work and might what he might be bringing home to my mom with cancer. Hope that I won’t have to see so many patients die. Hope that jobs will be restored and our community can heal. I feel hope that the things I have taken for granted in my life, real live relationships with real live people (not zoom), are going to come back. This is the beginning of the end.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth.com

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