Kathy Kennedy, CJOB Radio Host & Host of Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo

Kathy Kennedy, CJOB Radio Host & Host of Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo

As a radio host who lives with lupus and craves human interaction, getting the vaccine meant the absolute world to me. While I’m actually terrified of needles, I was really looking forward to getting this one!

The pandemic has been really tough for me, even in a professional capacity. Emotionally, it has been really draining having to read daily COVID case counts on-air, and reporting to Manitobans of yet more COVID-related deaths. I haven’t seen some of my co-workers in person for 15 months. And while I may talk to people all day, now I do it from my dining room table. At the end of my show, when I turn off my microphone, it marks yet another day of zero face-to-face contact. 

Personally, I like to think of myself as pretty resilient. To keep my spirits up, to see a light at the end of the tunnel, I told myself I’d keep my Christmas tree up until I could have my family and friends over for a late Christmas celebration. I thought they’d be able to come over by the end of January. But then we found ourselves with continuing restrictions in February, and then I thought for sure it was going to happen by the end of March. But guess what? My Christmas tree is still up!

I’m just like you all – I hope we’re able to return to normal soon. I realized a while back, but it’s really hit home now, that the way to get back to normal is to get the vaccine. 

Thanks to the vaccine, I was able to see my 88-year-old father when I took him in to get his own vaccine. My eyes were teary with the realization that we are finally getting closer to beating this thing. 

This year has changed me forever. I look at the world differently and don’t take contact with others for granted. At work, we’ve been feeling pretty tired, and we call this being ‘COVID weary.’ With the 3rd wave hitting hard, we’re all digging deeper to stay positive.

The sooner Manitobans get vaccinated, the sooner we can all put smiles back on our faces. With every vaccination we’re taking one step closer to being able to enjoy all those things we miss. Don’t you want to go to a Jets game? Go to a Bombers game or sit in the family pew at church? Getting a vaccine, and encouraging all of your friends and family to get the vaccine, is how we do that.

Join me on a tour of the RBC Convention Centre Super-Site to learn how easy it is to get your vaccine.

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