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The Rhode Island vaccination program makes a train wreck seem desirable. The state is 55th out of 50 in its distribution efficiency and percentage of the population vaccinated. So I’ve had to look elsewhere.

For a week or so, Walgreens’ web site wouldn’t recognize that I exist. But when I used another of my email addresses and signed on as a member of their programs, I ceased being the Invisible Man. After that, I was efficiently assigned a date and time for vaccinations one and two, and last evening I went up to Everett, MA (happy to finally give my airport driver some business) for the first vaccination. The Walgreens was empty, there were four customers in a huge store, and no one waiting for the vaccine.

The pharmacist and two employees were very cordial and helpful. It took about ten minutes for the paperwork, despite my having filled out the forms in advance, but I was processed and given a paper confirming my second shot and date in four weeks. As I chatted with the pharmacist she put on a bandaid and I realized I never felt the shot at all. It was a very positive experience. (I know people who have had to wait in line around the country, often in the cold, or were told the vaccine had run out.)

No side effects today (she told me that’s more likely after the second shot).

Get vaccinated. Help everyone.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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