To the editor,
There’s a helpful pandemic practice that never seems to get official medical recognition. My wife and I, both elderly, have been self-isolating for several months waiting for a jab, a wait made possible by three friends who did grocery shopping and other chores for us, in short, invisible care workers.
These three friends of ours must have many like themselves out there.
We finally got our jabs this month at the Beban Park social centre in a huge room with 15 stations around the walls and chairs in the middle for the required wait following a jab. We were the only ones being vaccinated at that time.
One of our pandemic helpers drove us there, but she wasn’t old enough to get the jab.
If splendid facilities like the one at Beban Park have been set up, and vaccine supplies are now, at least, more readily available, perhaps it’s time for B.C. to think outside the age box, and, for one thing, perhaps reward these ‘invisible care workers’ with an early ‘thank you’ jab. Our Beban experience certainly indicated a lack of arms to be vaccinated.
Edwin Turner, Nanaimo
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