KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Yesterday I got my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and I want to share this with you the readers.
During the entire pandemic I have written a bit here and there in the Nova Scotia Advocate about how the COVID-19 lock downs have affected the community of people I advocate for.
One of my major reasons I wrote this short article is to encourage others, no matter whether you are rich or poor, to get your vaccine.
Here in Halifax and in Nova Scotia altogether we have a large community of people living in poverty, often living with disabilities, mental health issues, etc. This whole pandemic has affected the community of people I advocate for in a major way in that it made those who have already been socially isolated before the pandemic started, now feel even more socially isolated.
Public health is calling the vaccine the weapon that is going to get us out of this pandemic once and for all.
I want to personally encourage all my friends and others within my community to get the vaccine. The sooner things can get back to normal, the sooner the extra anxiety that many in my community of people suffer will be gone, and then we can all return to normal lives.
Even though in the lives of the people I advocate for “normal” may seem different from what rich people would consider normal, people living in poverty are very much looking forward to the day that things like in-person dining at soup kitchens etc are re-opened.
Kendall Worth is an award-winning anti-poverty activist who lives with disabilities and tries to make ends meet on income assistance.
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