My husband John Plocher and I took two road trips from San Jose to Kingsburg, California, to get our COVID-19 vaccines. We are now in the two week period before our second shots become fully effective. We chose to drive two and a half hours each way because local vaccine appointments were full and we got tired of the “Hunger Games” style scramble for open appointments closer to home. After checking websites of local pharmacies, medical centers, and county centers at all hours for a week (answering a dozen questions on each before finding out that they had no openings), we decided a longer drive cost less time overall. We got our shots at the Kingsburg Fire Department with no waiting.
Kingsburg is a small friendly farm town on the Kings River. It has a Swedish theme because it has been home to many Swedish-Americans. Kingsburg has a Viking mascot and the town water tower is decorated like a antique Swedish coffee pot. I bought John some Ole and Lena joke books at the Svensk Butik because he learned that style of humor growing up in Wisconsin. We even got a tour of the historical museum at the Kingsburg train station. We enjoyed a wonderful festive gourmet dinner at the Vintage Press Restaurant in Visalia driving home.
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