Early Monday morning (April 12, 2021), I woke up and drove to the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. A neon sign in the parking lot signaled to me that I was in the right place: It was time to get the first dose of my COVID-19 vaccine.

Ironically, this came a few weeks after I was diagnosed with COVID-19, quarantined appropriately, and was released back into the world...which all happened after a year of avoiding the infection entirely. To say I was ready for the shot was an understatement.

Many Coloradans surrounded me as we prepared to change our futures with one tiny poke, and it turns out we weren't the only ones moving towards the future today.

In an Instagram post, the governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, announced that Colorado officially vaccinated 2 million people as of Monday, April 12. This includes those who have only received one dose (like myself).

This follows an announcement from President Joe Biden: His original goal of 100 million vaccines administered to Americans during his first 100 days in office officially changed to 200 million vaccines after the U.S. met the 100 million vaccinated goal at day 58, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. 

If you're having trouble finding a vaccine in Northern Colorado, Colorado's website, linked here, will help you find locations to sign up and schedule your first dose. For me, my arm may be a little sore, but nothing beats the feeling this morning of moving towards a better future...and putting the pandemic in our rear view.

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