I did it for our children and grandchildren

I was very happy that an effective COVID vaccine was developed and especially impressed with the efficacy of this vaccine. I couldn’t wait to get vaccinated in January. I also had a special reason: I had not hugged my grandchildren (under age 12) in many months, and I wanted them protected!

Recently, I got on an elevator at the grocery store with a mother and baby and another woman. The baby stared at my mask (even though the other two adults had one also). I wish the baby could have seen me smiling at her, but I think she knew when I said “I bet you wonder why we three have on masks. It’s because we want to protect you!” All three adults cheered — and the baby smiled.

I don’t remember anyone I knew objecting to polio vaccines and smallpox vaccines when those vaccines were developed. I guess more people understood it was for the greater good. Why can’t we be that way today?

Credit: contributed

Credit: contributed

Clair Muller came to Georgia to enter Agnes Scott College and moved to Buckhead Atlanta at age 21. She taught high school, did a lot of volunteer work and served on the Atlanta City Council from 1990 to 2009 and on the Atlanta Regional Commission for 14 years.

Why I’m Vaccinated

This essay is part of our new series on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. You are hearing from your neighbors, faith leaders and those in the business community, among others. They are sharing their personal stories – all of them with a simple and heartfelt message: Get vaccinated. Save lives.