The rollout of the coronavirus vaccine has been accompanied by the kind of corporate image campaign you typically associate with high-end consumer products, like a Hollywood blockbuster or the new iPhone. It’s on the morning shows, being touted on celebrity Twitter accounts, and the news about it is uniformly glowing.
Just the other day, the guy who played Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” movies got the vaccine, and as on any media tour, the paparazzi were there for the dramatic moment when they stuck the needle in his arm.
“It’s a very special day,” the Gandalf actor told Reuters. “I feel euphoric. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccination.”
A health care worker in Juneau, Alaska, also feels lucky. She got the vaccine two days ago. The woman had no history of allergies, but within minutes she developed a severe anaphylactic reaction to it and then had trouble breathing. She had to spend the night in the emergency room, but according to the doctor who treated her, she was “still enthusiastic that she got the vaccine and the benefits it would give her in the future.”