“When the opportunity for me to receive the COVID-19 vaccine came around I immediately jumped on making an appointment, yet as my time came closer and closer I found myself feeling guilty about receiving the vaccine when others weren’t eligible yet, worrying I was taking the place of someone else who needed it more than me. Friends assured me it was the right thing for me to do, not to back out, and to remember I was assisting not just myself but my community by getting the vaccine as soon as I could. With that in mind, I proudly rolled up my sleeve in March 2021, a year after moving to Portland, and knew it was my first step towards being able to enjoy the city I moved to for what it is, and every day we collectively move closer to a world where we can hug friends, visit family, and race bikes.”