I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine for Free, So I Am Donating the Cost to Buy Vaccines for Lower Income Countries

Proof that I got the COVID-19 vaccine

My wife and I have been very keenly interested in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives. We’ve been following the science, because, after all, we’re much more inclined to believe what scientists such as Dr. Anthony Fauci have to say versus, say, politically motivated spokespeople.

After all, if Dr. Fauci is cited 221,323 times (as of my count on 1/19/2021), then people who are much better trained to understand science than I or a large number of politicians believe him, so should I.

Thus, as soon as we found out about it, my wife and I signed up at the Tarrant County, Texas COVID-19 registration site.

We figured that we’d just get in line, and when COVID-19 phase 3 people started getting vaccinated, we’d be early in the line.

I figured this would happen sometime between March and May of 2021.

Instead, on January 18, 2021, I received a call from the Tarrant County Public Health Department informing me that my vaccine appointment was scheduled for January 20, 2021.

I received the Moderna vaccine, and it went off without a hitch, aside from the rainy conditions in driving to the location to get vaccinated.

In the U.S., our vaccines are free. Elsewhere in the world, they are not.

I realize that I am very fortunate to have been born in the United States. I’m fortunate to be in a position to weather the storm, financially, that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to us all.

Furthermore, in the U.S., we do not have to pay for our COVID-19 vaccines.

However, there are other, lower income countries in the world where they struggle to purchase vaccines for their citizens.

The cost of the Moderna vaccine I received is between $32 and $37.

Since I would have gladly paid that amount for my vaccine, I am making a donation of $37 for each dose I receive to GAVI, the vaccine alliance that runs the COVAX facility that aims to allow global equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Given that we would like to explore a FIRE vagabond life in the early years of our retirement, it’s in our best interests for the people in the places we’d like to visit to be vaccinated, too.

Hopefully, we can encourage others to, when they get their vaccines, contribute to buy vaccines for those who in lower income countries to help defeat the pandemic globally. After all, we’re all citizens of planet Earth, no matter where we were born or where we live.

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Jason Hull, CFP®, was the co-founder of Broadtree Partners, a firm that acquires $1-5MM EBITDA companies. He also was the co-founder of open source search consultancy OpenSource Connections, a premier Solr and ElasticSearch firm. He and his wife FIREd (financial independence retire early) at 46 and 45, respectively. He has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. You can read more about him in the About Page. If you live in Johnson County, Texas or the surrounding areas, he and his wife are cash buyers of Johnson County, Texas houses.

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