If we truly had “all-hands-on-deck” with primary care, pharmacies and public health clinics across the country getting vaccine out to our populations in every conceivable way, at all times of day (we all need it), we might feel more hopeful.
But that isn’t happening. Only a small percentage of family doctors are given the opportunity to participate, local pharmacists are upset that large corporations are predominantly able to lobby government for access to vaccines, and there are still significant geographic and socioeconomic disparities in access to vaccine supply.
Doctors ask why there are vaccines in freezers. Public health units point to the provinces. Provinces point to the federal government. The public is left with chaos and confusion.
The system is broken because ICUs are filling up across the country, variants of concern are rising exponentially, younger people are dying, and we are still trying to dispel the false dichotomy between economy and health.
If we followed the examples of successful provinces and countries, if we had aimed for COVID-zero and put all the supports in place to limit the third wave, perhaps we could be enjoying rock concerts like people in New Zealand instead of scrambling for COVID tests, as if we hadn’t learned anything in the first and second waves.
When the sun comes up, please try to rise above the political bickering, shake off the pandemic fatigue, and focus on the goal: We need to get this virus under control, we need to be proactive to avoid another wave, and we need to survive this with our spirits intact.
This content was originally published here.