The urgent text from a friend came late Friday afternoon: If you want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, go immediately to the website for the UC Irvine healthcare system and schedule an appointment. … From the moment I got in line on the UC Irvine campus to the end of my waiting period after the shot (to ensure there was no allergic reaction), no more than 35 minutes had passed. The event had an almost festive feel. Upbeat, chatty workers checked on our progress every step of the way. You could tell they were as happy to be providing life-protecting vaccines as we seniors were to receive them.