I have heard rumors from the governor’s office that they have the vaccine available to anyone over 65 and anyone over 16 with health conditions, and also a whole list of other people ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes clergy or anyone in church staff, but where is it? And how do we find out where to get it?
So here’s the thing, if you go to the PA health website thingy, it actually maps out places to get vaccinated in this Central PA area. However, nobody seems to have it. There is one place that has it, but they are only for medical personnel only. So… umm… where the heck is this elusive vaccine?
I have heard in Pittsburgh and Philly getting it, but nothing in Central PA. Makes me wonder… are we the forgotten in the state of Pennsylvania? To me, it is hard not to feel heart broken that we do not have the vaccine available to us at the moment, even though the State Health Department says so. We are way behind everyone else in getting the vaccine to the right people. Medical personnel, first responders, and nursing home residents haven’t all had the opportunity to get it. And for the rest of us in Central PA… we haven’t even sniffed this vaccine. I called a couple of places and they told me that have everything ready to get the vaccine to the public, but have not received any shipment of the vaccine. But in other bigger cities they have it…. But what about us? Aren’t we important enough to get the vaccine?
Since the revolutionary war and every war after that, Central PA has been vital to the US governments to provide boots to serve. Central PA young men and women for years have sacrificed their life for this great country. First one’s to serve, last ones to get any benefits. Reminds me of a Dropkick Murphy’s song called, “Worker Song.”
Yeah, this one's for the workers who toil night and day
By hand and by brain to earn your pay
Who for centuries long past for no more than your bread
Have bled for your countries and counted your dead
In the factories and mills, in the shipyards and mines
We've often been told to keep up with the times
For our skills are not needed, they've streamlined the job
And with sliderule and stopwatch our pride they have robbed
We're the first ones to starve, we're the first ones to die
The first ones in line for that pie in the sky
And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about
And when the sky darkens and the prospect is war
Who's given a gun and then pushed to the fore
And expected to die for the land of our birth
Though we've never owned one lousy handful of earth?
Does it sound like Central PA? Kinda similar right? Not having this possibly life saving vaccine feels like Central PA is the last in line. I hope in the next day or so, this all will change.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).