“I will never forget the emotional hope and sense of cautious relief after securing that first vaccine appointment. Hope that grew into triumph after leaving my second vaccine appointment.

In this season of gratitude, I’m feeling joy as I (responsibly) reconnect with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season.

If you’re still hesitating on getting vaccinated, I’m not sure what I can tell you that the CDC or the Oregon Health Authority can’t, except the pain and loss COVID-19 has brought to unvaccinated people I know who survived and to families who were unable to be with loved ones as they passed. As we go into this holiday season, I encourage you to consider getting vaccinated and help build more hope into your community.”