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Derrick Pitt’s Vaccine Story

Derrick Pitts gets his shotDuring the long nights of February, the planets of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus can be seen with just a decent pair of binoculars right before twilight.

It is often viewed as a promise of warmer weather to come, and the resurgence of plant life after a long winter’s nap.

For astronomer Derrick Pitts of The Franklin Institute, all of this came together nicely on the morning of his scheduled vaccination for COVID-19.

He was first in line and treated the opportunity much like the stars met the night — with a confidence of warmer days and brighter tomorrows.

“This has got to be the easiest shot I’ve ever had,” said Pitts. “The needle was very thin, and you don’t feel anything at all.”

From the science perspective, Pitts also considers the vaccination as safe as safe can get.

“This is very basic science,” he said. “What’s being done here doesn’t harm the body in any way, shape or form. It’s just putting instructions into your body to direct it on how to create what’s necessary to protect it from COVID.”

“So that’s the beauty of this vaccine,” he emphasized, “and there is nothing to worry about. No reason in the world not to take this vaccine, and every reason in the world to take it — your family.”