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America’s nurses and what we must do to support these heroes

Today, on National Nurses Day, let us pause and think about how hard our nurses have worked over the last year—putting themselves in harm's way, working excruciatingly long shifts, being separated from their families to protect them from the virus and giving everything they have for those who are sick and hurting.

They have given so much. Now it is our turn.

The good news: we are achieving new milestones every day on our progress toward ending this pandemic. More people have gotten vaccinated, fewer people are being hospitalized and more jobs are coming back.

The bad news: Our progress on vaccines is slowing down.

Here is what you need to know: Getting a vaccine is easier than ever before. Most pharmacies are now taking walk-ins. It is free and does not require insurance. If you want an appointment, it is easy to get one.

Please, if we are going to beat this pandemic, we need everyone to get their vaccine as soon as they can. If you have had your shot, tell your friends and family about how it has given you reassurance — a sense of safety about going back out into the world. And if you are waiting for your appointment or mid-way through the vaccine process keep up with social distancing and masking practices.

On this National Nurses Day, let us all commit to doing our part — to get our vaccine and encourage those around us to do the same.

Our brave nurses deserve a break. But I know they are not going to get one until the rest of us make it possible.

Join me on Facebook to give thanks to our nurses and to encourage our friends and family to get their shot and help end this pandemic.


Posted on May 6, 2021.