The day I found out COVID-19 vaccines were coming to Manitoba, I literally jumped up and down with joy. Like everyone else, I had been anticipating that day for a long time. I’m thankful that I’m now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to doing my part in stopping the spread. Now, I can go to work and help people with less stress and worry.
I work at a pharmacy at Higgins and Main, and we’ve stayed open throughout the entire pandemic. At the start, reduced vehicle and foot traffic made the area feel like a ghost town though we still had people coming in every day—no matter how high case counts were, people still needed their medication.
As a pharmacist, I’m also a go-to information source for customers. I help a lot of vulnerable people who don’t have access to around-the-clock news—their information comes from word of mouth which can often be inaccurate. So they rely on me for accurate updates on the pandemic and vaccine eligibility. It’s been exciting to know that my downtown customers are getting vaccinated. It’s important to take care of our most vulnerable groups first.
I’m naturally a homebody so I haven’t been as negatively impacted by pandemic restrictions as others who live alone or are highly social. My husband and I do miss getting together to play music with friends but protecting my customers is important to me.
Sure, I have faced inconveniences, but they’ve been minor compared to how this pandemic has affected our entire world. As a pharmacist, I’ve been so excited to see how quickly researchers, scientists, doctors and epidemiologists came together to make a safe and effective vaccine.