“Get vaccinated” — or variations on that message — have become the rallying cry of these times.
One of the more memorable (yet fun) reminders of the importance of a shot in the arm came from Dolly Parton, who blended her message with song and humor by putting a modern spin on one of her old classics “Jolene” and remixing it as a one-verse “Vaccine” parody. Following the song, Parton got a dose of her own medicine on screen from a doctor at Vanderbilt University, where she had donated $1 million last year in the early funding for the Moderna vaccine.
I’ve thought of that scene often as I’ve watched clips of people lined up all over the world to follow Parton’s advice as well as that of the CDC, the current administration and so many other organizations.
As much as the message to get vaccinated in the U.S. is being pushed, so, too, is it in the Caribbean. Despite Covid spikes and surges on different islands, the Caribbean’s vaccination rollout is moving forward, helped along by donations of vaccines from the U.K.
Vaccinations of Caribbean residents spell protection for those who get the shots, lessen transmission within their own communities and appear to be a path to tourism recovery for many of those whose lives have been upended in the past year.