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I Was Vaccinated In February And Thought There’d Be More People In The Club By Now

May 11, 2021

Greetings to those of you in your 80s. Welcome to the 70-plus set. I see you 65 and up. Hello to everyone 55 and older. And a special shoutout to my Gen X peeps. High fives all around.

To those who’ve already been vaccinated, I want to say hi and welcome. I’ve been in vax land for a while, and I’m thrilled you could join me.

For everyone who wants a vaccine but hasn’t been able to get one yet, I’m sorry you’re still waiting. I hope your turn comes soon. Your life is important and you deserve your shot now.

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In February, which feels like a lifetime ago in vaccination years, I got the call.

As a caregiver to my grandmother in her long-term home, I qualified for the jab. I was told that to protect the staff and residents, they wanted those going inside care facilities to get vaccinated. I jumped at the chance. I wanted to do my bit to keep my grandmother and everyone in there safe.

"While I feel very grateful to be immunized, I’m frustrated to see how hard it has been for others to get theirs."

As a parent, it also gave my husband and me some comfort knowing at least one of us would be protected should our household be exposed. And my teen was excited! She thought this might mark the real beginning of the end of a rather lonely year. She started guesstimating when she could finally have her first sleepover.

I have to admit, I too was feeling optimistic. Suddenly, I was one of the few people I knew who had the shot. I felt a massive sense of relief knowing that I had some protection against the virus that I’d been dodging for more than 12 months. I walked around like I had some new invisible superpower. Of course, I continued to follow all of the precautions, but mentally I relaxed a little for the first time in a long while. I was excited for you all to join me.

That’s what I had planned to write about in this article. I wanted to tell the Canadians still waiting for their turn what it feels like to have one foot in the post-pandemic world. But things shift quickly during a global plague, and as I sit and write this piece, I have to confess that my optimism has been tested.

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While I feel very grateful to be immunized, I’m frustrated to see how hard it has been for others to get theirs. Seeing images of seniors languishing in line for hours, reading about residents in hot zones rush to pop-up sites only to have supplies run out, hearing about essential workers having their appointment cancelled — and don’t get me started about non-government workers in Ontario not getting paid leave to afford time off for their shot. It makes me feel angry that amid a devastating third wave, the rollout has devolved into some kind of game of survival.

This virus has demonstrated more than the fragility of our health. It has shown the stark inequity that exists in this country. And sadly, nothing has illustrated the point more than the death of a 13-year-old girl in Brampton, Ont., who passed away in her bedroom after her entire family got sick. Something I don't think would have happened had her frontline family members been prioritized.

I am not sorry that I got my vaccination because it helped protect my grandmother and the residents in her nursing home, which was vital after the harrowing experiences long-term care endured during the first wave. But no one is out of danger until we are all safe. There is no other way to move past this moment unless we can do it together.

Article Author Laura Mullin
Laura Mullin

Read more from Laura here.

Laura Mullin is a published playwright and writer and the Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning company, Expect Theatre. She is also the Co-Host and Producer of PlayME, a podcast that transforms plays into audio dramas now on CBC. She has worked in theatre, film, and television and lives in Toronto with her writer/producer husband and pre-teen daughter. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @expectlaura.

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