A long-term seniors’ care health-care worker receives the vaccine at a clinic on Vancouver Island last month. (Island Health photo)

A long-term seniors’ care health-care worker receives the vaccine at a clinic on Vancouver Island last month. (Island Health photo)

Editorial: Patience required as we wait in vaccination line

Delays have caused some shuffling of plans, but deliveries of doses are on the way

The vaccine can’t be measured only by the millilitres that are drawn into the syringe. It means much more, and that’s why there has been so much impatience as doses have been delayed.

A month-long slowdown in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine deliveries is expected to end this week, with the single biggest shipment of vaccine doses from Pfizer and BioNTech to date. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander overseeing Canada’s vaccine distribution, said last week that Pfizer had confirmed it was shipping 400,000 doses to Canada starting Monday, Feb. 15. Deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine doses are set to more than quadruple, as another 168,000 doses are also expected from Moderna.

While a small minority of Canadians will refuse a vaccine outright, a significant majority are eager to get in line, according to a recent Ispos/Radio-Canada poll. However, we will have to be patient.

There are ethical and practical considerations that go into the prioritization decision-making process, and we’ve seen already, during the slowdown, that vaccination plans have had to be adjusted.

The principle of equity must guide decision-making. In other words, limited resources should be preferentially offered to the people who will – and from whom society will – derive the most significant benefit.

It starts with those most vulnerable to severe illness. Premier John Horgan is asking people to help elderly seniors living in every B.C. community get ready for a COVID-19 mass vaccination effort that is expected to start by the end of March. The province hopes “good neighbours” of seniors 80-plus will help them reserve vaccine appointments online and by phone. Pre-registration details are expected in the coming weeks.

It’s in everyone’s best interests to help everyone, in turn, get needled and get safe.

-files from Canadian Press/Black Press

READ ALSO: Stay informed about COVID-19



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island Symphony conductor Pierre Simard is releasing his new synthwave album ‘Plandemic’ on March 5. (Photo courtesy Olivia Simard)
Vancouver Island Symphony conductor releasing side-project EP of electronic music

Pierre Simard, recording as Plan Omega, presents ‘Plandemic’

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a B.C. Ferries vessel. (File photo)
Nanaimo ferry passengers who refused to wear masks and caused disturbance fined $460 each

Incident happened Sunday, Feb. 21, aboard the Queen of Cowichan

Beef to the woman walking two dogs that attacked my two small chihuahua dogs along Estevan Road. I was dragged down the embankment with my dogs. All three of us were pinned against the fence by your dogs with no escape route. Your dogs were on retractable leashes that were not appropriate for their size and weight and you had no control over them at all.
Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 24

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

The Port of Nanaimo has signed a 50-year-agreement with DP World around short-sea shipping operations at Duke Point Terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)
Port of Nanaimo and DP World sign 50-year shipping operations agreement

Lease agreement ‘important first step’ in $105-million Duke Point expansion project

A Nanaimo RCMP vehicle in the Woodgrove Centre parking lot. (News Bulletin file photo)
Woman groped by stranger in mall parking lot in Nanaimo

Incident happened near bus loop Saturday, Feb. 20, at about 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Nanaimo’s Joanne Secord is a quarterfinalist in Inked Magazine’s Cover Model Search contest. (Janayh Wright Photography)
50-year-old Nanaimo mom hopes her tattoos will earn her a magazine cover shoot

Joanne Secord on cusp of semifinals in Inked Magazine contest

Nanaimo Courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Motorist sentenced to two years for dangerous driving causing death on Gabriola Island

William Goosman pleaded guilty last fall in connection with incident that killed Jay Dearman

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

Most Read