What does it actually feel like to get vaccinated?

What are you most looking forward to? What still concerns you?

Brooke Roberts, a Boston University freshman from Florida, proudly shows her COVID-19 vaccine shot bandaid she got at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 7, 2021. David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

If you haven’t heard, it’s our turn to get the vaccine. Can we get a balloon drop? This feels big.

Last Monday, all adults above the age of 16 became eligible for a vaccine. The doors opened for Massachusetts residents over a year into the pandemic that has caused over 17,000 deaths in the state, infected 600,000 others, and disrupted daily norms for many more.

There’s very little hesitancy to get the vaccine here in Massachusetts. Over 3 million have received their first dose, daily confirmed cases are dropping, and vaccinations will continue to soar. While it might be too soon for some to feel relieved — trials began for children last month and there continues to be many reasons to stay vigilant — nearly one-third of the state is fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times vaccine rollout tracker.


Many have already planned celebratory travel, some dread going back to the office, and others anticipate a return to class in the fall.

While appointments fill across the state’s numerous vaccination sites, we want to know what it feels like to step into the world — or even just the grocery store — and be able to exclaim, “I’m vaxxed!”

Was it immediate relief followed by an anticipation you haven’t felt in over a year? Were you giddy at the first signs of a sore arm or a fever?

Let us know: What was your experience actually getting vaccinated? What are you most looking forward to? What still concerns you?


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