Remember the relief we felt at the beginning of the summer, as we began visiting family and friends and enjoying our favorite recreational activities? We could be at that place again in a few months, if we would all get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible ( unless there is a medical reason not to be vaccinated) and wear masks in crowded public places until then.

The minor pinprick of vaccination and the temporary inconvenience of wearing a mask are a negligible price to pay for the freedom to gather without infecting each other with a potentially deadly disease.

If we would all do our part, we could look forward to celebrating our favorite winter holidays this year with the added joy of leaving this COVID ordeal behind us.

DEBRA LIVINGSTON

Astoria