Letters to The Province for February 16, 2021

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Re: Non-working seniors, let’s put ourselves at the end of the vaccination line

I strongly disagree with letter writer Donna Kilbey when she suggests that seniors go to the back of the line for COVID vaccinations.

My husband and I are seniors living in our own home who have carefully followed the provincial health guidelines during this pandemic. We have gone months without seeing our family and friends or participating in social activities.

We are frankly just hanging in there emotionally as we have missed precious moments with our grandchildren, spent normally fun holidays like Christmas totally alone, and I have gone through cancer diagnosis and treatment without benefit of family support in my home. I can only imagine how difficult life is for single seniors in the same boat.

We can hardly wait for a return of some normalcy which will come with vaccinations. Please don’t ask us to wait months after everyone else. I couldn’t bear it.

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Suzanne Kendall, Langley 

Seniors don’t need priority

I heartily agree with the suggestion that we old people aren’t in need of priority vaccination, because many of us aren’t in danger of exposure to the virus. At 87, I live alone in a building where everybody obeys the public health rules, and when I go out (masked), I see compliant people, too. Jab those first who can’t stay home.

I’ll be in line behind Ms. Kilbey of Pender Island

Catherine Hohmann, Burnaby

For-profit personal care homes ‘bad news’

For-profit long-term care homes are bad news for Canadians. I believe that owners of long-term care homes derive their profit by providing minimal care to their elderly patients. Better care, more trained staff, infection control, higher wages, and overall cleanliness and facility maintenance cost money and seriously cut into their profit margin. This is exactly where the problem exists.

I am not sure if not-for-profit long-term personal care homes exist, but if they do, I bet patients there are looked after superbly. That’s where I’ll go when my time comes.

Robert Moskal, Winnipeg

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