Before you throw down the paper or yell at your computer screen, “But when am I going to get my vaccine?” I am writing to reiterate that – although we are not impressed with how this has rolled out chaotically and unevenly across Canada, and we are going to keep speaking out about health-care disparities – the bottom line is this: Your turn will come.
The other message I want my patients to hear is this: Please, when your opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine arises, take it, whichever vaccine it is and no matter who administers it (even if it isn’t your own doctor or nurse practitioner). Keep an eye out over the next weeks for updates from your public health unit about when/how to register for your vaccine.
The final message I want to leave you with is this: One of the few silver linings of the pandemic is that incredible health-care experts and community advocates across the country have banded together, without political partisanship, driven by a shared sense of urgency. Even if we are all exhausted, demoralized and frustrated with rhetoric expressing the sentiment “we’re in this together,” we can’t stop trying to work together.
Those of us who are out in the community, taking care of seniors, raising our own children, caring for patients and family members, advocating for people with disabilities, working in shelters, lobbying our politicians – we know that our voices carry further as a chorus than as individuals.
Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, MD CCFP PhD, is a family doctor and anthropologist. She writes about health policy and politics and co-hosts RxAdvocacy.ca. Twitter: @nilikm
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