I remember President Trump on the lawn of The White House in March of 2020 declaring the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency. I couldn't believe it. I had only heard of pandemics of this magnitude in the history books, and now I was living through one.

I remember Gov. Charlie Baker along with Mayor Tyer and the representatives from the city's health department on the steps of Pittsfield's City Hall.

I remember talking to some nurses who worked on the COVID-19 floor at BMC and how nervous they were and how "they had never seen anything like this before".

I also remember hosting "Slater and Marjo In The Morning" from my kitchen table when this video of drone footage shot by Paul Procopio was being shared all over social media. I remember a tear running down my eye. I couldn't believe it. Yes, I was emotional about it.

Now, even with nearly 75% of the country vaccinated, new variants are challenging us. Whether you believed the "lockdowns" were helpful or harmful, Pittsfield once looked like this for a bit.

20 Eerie Shots Of Pittsfield During Quarantine

 

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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