Dear Editor of The Review:
We got vaccinated yesterday in Hawkesbury and we must say, it was a strange (a good strange) experience. And not just because for the first time in well over a year we were in a room full of people. No, it was strange because we felt for the first time in over a year that we were actually moving forward. Yes, we know, “It ain’t over til its over” but for the first time in a long time, we have really begun to think, not just hope, that this is going to end. We really are going to get our lives back.
But that’s not what this letter is about. It is actually a great big Thank You and Well Done to the men and women who were there at the vaccination center. Frankly, we were expecting something of a shambles. After all, this is the very first mass vaccination that our region has ever done and one that involves all the members of the public. We were pretty sure it would be a bit of a fiasco.
Not a bit of it. Completely the opposite. We showed up, as directed, 10 minutes before our allotted time, and were met by a very courteous guide who, after asking for our appointment time, whisked us into the building. And from there, it just got better. Guides every few steps ready to help in any way, people answering questions promptly, more very polite people working on data entry at the tables, more guides to get you to a vaccination table (utterly painless, by the way), more people in the waiting area afterwards, guiding, answering questions, making sure you were OK, sanitizing chairs, and the final walk out with yet more people entering data and guiding us out the door. The whole thing ended with a very courteous “Have a nice day” in both official languages from the final guide. Perfectly organized. Amazing attention to details. Superb. Could not have been done better.
So, Thank You and Well Done to all those people working at the vaccination center. You deserve a big hug (virtual), a hearty handshake (also virtual) and a cold one (and not in the least virtual). As we walked away from the building, the sky was grey, a cold wind was blowing, and the rain was pouring down. But our step was lighter. It’s going to be OK.
Ghislaine Pichardie and Colin Affleck