I finally got my COVID-19 booster on Dec. 30.

Northeast Mobile Health Services posted a Facebook status they had shots which would expire on Jan. 3. I had the day off, so I called them up.

It was fast and easy. I was in the building for less than five minutes. John Levers administered my shot with a smile and good humor. He was thankful people had seen the post and were taking advantage of the offer. Better these shots end up in arms than in the trash, he said.

The next day I had a sore arm. No other side effects. I also had no side effects from my first dose, either — except for an immunity to COVID-19.

I got my first double-jab in the early summer, as soon as my age group was approved. I wanted to be able to return to the office and get back to some normal. It was nice while it lasted.

I put off the booster shot for a while, though. Not out of any fear, but because I am a major procrastinator. If I am given something to do, it is almost guaranteed I will wait until the last possible moment to accomplish it.

The discovery of the Omicron variant in Maine gave me a new motivation for my booster, though.

I lost a family member to COVID-19 before the vaccine was available. Other members of my family also contracted the illness at this same time. I will get a booster every six months if I need to. I will do whatever I need to in order to keep COVID from infiltrating my family again.

I have spoken with some people who fear the vaccine. Some of these are people I know have ingested other, much more suspicious substances with zero hesitation, though.

Vaccine mandates are nothing new, either. Schools and jobs have required measles and rubella immunization for years. I was required to get vaccinated against meningitis before I was allowed to attend college. These mandates do not allow for a testing option, either.

I get my flu vaccine every year, and I keep up on all my other immunizations. If one wears off — which has happened — then I get a booster.

The narrator for the mockumentary “Death to 2021” put it best, I think. “While they may not have made everything normal again, vaccines have given us the normalest of the new normals so far. A chance to live, learn and even love again.”

I am grateful to live in a society where vaccines have already eradicated Smallpox and Polio.

A year ago, I spoke with a woman who was one of the last in Maine to contract Polio. She now travels around the world and helps administer Polio vaccines. She told me about families running to line up for a dose, hoping to save their children from this disease.

I am glad to be boosted.

Christine Simmonds is the Assistant Editor of The Courier-Gazette. She has lived in Knox County most of her life.