No, this isn't one of those preachy articles, extolling the virtues of modern medicine and ginning up shame to anyone who doesn't want to receive a vaccination. You won't hear me name-calling or hurling 'anti-vaxxer' labels around.

This also isn't a virtue-signaling event to join the chorus of voices singing 'we received our vaccinations and we're fully vaxxed! Yay us! I'm fully vexed when I hear such foolishness. I'm no Jonas Salk and I'm not a chief scientist at Pfizer. I'm just a guy with a rolled-up shirtsleeve who chose to get the COVID vaccine, after much consternation.

3 Things COVID Vaccine Recipients Want While Waiting in Line

I used my time in line at the State Fair Park today while waiting for my second Pfizer vaccination - actually an inoculation, but I'm thinking that the V-word shields big pharma from lawsuits if I start growing hair on my palms or wither up and die. I don't know. But I did a little research (and I mean, very little) among others in line today to see what they would suggest helping make the wait in line better, more fun, more relaxing, more expeditious.

#1: Some Car-side Entertainment Would Be Nice

Everyone I spoke with agreed that this would be a nice touch to while away the time and lessen tension. Nobody likes getting jabbed with a needle and some lively song and dance might just be what the doctor ordered. Among the entertainment suggestions were, mariachi band, belly dancers, jugglers, clowns, a marching band, and magicians. Heck, give me a little mariachi playing belly dancers, and I'd come back for a third shot.

#2: Snacks! A Little Food & Beverage Cart or Drive-Up

My appointment today was at 12:30 PM. The lot was full of fellow vaccine recipients and many of them were like me in wishing we had a little lunch while we waited. One woman I spoke with said she felt like having lunch in the car while waiting was a nutritious multitasking thing. I'll buy that. Seriously, even some light snacks and perhaps a cookie if you don't cry when you receive the shot. Tearing up is okay. I hope.

#3: Government Funded Automotive Wellness Checks

Since you're in line for a half-hour or more, including the mandatory 15 minute waiting period following the shot to make sure nobody has an adverse reaction, it would be plenty of time for a state-sponsored mechanic to take a look under the hood. Listen to the vehicle idle. Check tire pressure. Perhaps even wash windows if time permitted.

Recommendation: Make An Appointment!

This is important right off the bat. I've tried it both ways. The first time, I did make an appointment online but the 'system' lost it. So, I was shuffled over into the line of 'anti-appointmenters'. (I just made that word up. Feel free to use it anytime. You're welcome).

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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