“Back in the fall of 2020 I was a little hesitant about the vaccines. They felt a little rushed, but then I heard from doctors and scientists that they had done research on the mRNA vaccine technology for over 10 years already. As a volunteer firefighter, I was lucky to be able to get my two shots in January and February, much earlier than most other people in Oregon. Once I had both shots I felt such a relief. I could safely be around other people again without worrying about getting sick or potentially making them sick while at home, at work and volunteering. I could also start travelling again, especially by motorcycle, which is what I live for. The more people get vaccinated the safer it is for everybody and the more travel opportunities will open up again locally, nationally, as well as internationally.”