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Letter: Get vaccinated and give us a fighting chance

I recently watched Premier Jason Kenney spill out his rhetorical implementations to combat our present COVID-19 crisis.

First of all, you have to be sure you don’t offend anybody as this is an election year. But I am not too concerned if I offend anyone. I have been offended in the past and have moved on from it and to tell you the truth, sometimes the criticism has been warranted and I have learned from it.

Kenney spelled out things like social distancing, wearing masks, group numbers and restrictions and also added that businesses can restrict people who are not vaccinated from their business. As if anyone is going to turn away business? The only clearly evident thing Kenney said was that 90 per cent of people taking up our ICU units were those who have not been vaccinated.

I have grandchildren. I have a daughter who is a type one diabetic, and I have a niece who is eight months pregnant working in the hospital unit daily.

It goes without saying, I am vaccinated and in the years past, in my school days, I was vaccinated for polio, measles, tuberculosis and can’t remember the rest, but I had no choice and thank God because we have been able to control these diseases. Still now we have to encourage people to get vaccinated, even bribe them with a lottery or a $100 incentive to co-operate and then apologize to them for the inconvenience.

Again, I don’t care what you think of me but I thought we were all in this together and could work towards a common goal. Our health is the only thing we have to enjoy this life and beautiful country.

It is simple: get vaccinated and give us all a fighting chance.

Colm Adair, Red Deer