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Vaccine Selfies Have a Place

In response to R. Student’s Torah Musings (“Vaccine Selfies,” March 18, 2021), I wish to offer the following:

1. I sincerely hope he does not have to wait that much longer to get vaccinated.

2. That being said, I’d like to describe my experience when I received my second vaccination. Yes, I took a selfie, which I shared only with a senior center in my neighborhood, where I volunteer. This was for the purpose of giving encouragement to seniors who may have been reticent to get vaccinated. Before the nurse administered the vaccine, I explained the Shehecheyanu bracha to her and asked that she respond, “Amen” when I would recite it upon getting the injection. She agreed and that’s how it went.

Henry Rieser
Washington Heights
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