As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues through Northern Health, we are seeing community members of all ages attend the clinics to receive a dose of the vaccine that can protect those they love and the general public.
The response we’re seeing in our communities is reassuring; it’s creating a hope in people that we haven’t seen in awhile. It’s the hope that they will be able to go back to a sense of normalcy that hasn’t been seen in quite some time but will, most likely, not resemble anything like life was in 2019. We watch as our children discover a strength and resiliency that they never needed before but we also watch as they step up and realize a sense of community to do what they can for their neighbours, family, friends and often strangers. We are raising the next generation to be compassionate and kind in a time where it is needed more than ever.
As many of us adults struggle with the direction of the world, our children are stepping up to the plate.
Today, in Quesnel, we had our first brave 12-year-old come in with her family. Her name is Ehlana Williams and she attends Red Bluff Elementary. Ehlana spent some time with us and answered some of our questions with the hope that she could inspire others to come down and get vaccinated.
What made you want to come down and get vaccinated today?
“My step-mom told us this morning that we were allowed to come down without an appointment, so my brother and I came down today. My parents told me that once we all get it, I can see my family sooner and do the things that COVID is restricting.”
Who do you want to see after you get vaccinated?
“Lola, my stepmom’s mother and then I want to see my grandma and papa in New Brunswick.”
What do you want to do once you are able?
“Sleep over at my friends’, I miss doing that. I’m glad that I get to see them in school but I miss having sleepovers.”
What would you like to say to others, especially kids, about the vaccine?
“It didn’t even hurt! It feels like a tiny mosquito bite. And it’s better for us in the long run to get it – if you think about it too long, it can stress you out, just come get it.”
The Quesnel COVID-19 clinic staff want to thank all of the community for the amazing response and support that they have provided to us all. Patients like Elhana are the reason we are here every day working towards ensuring that we all stay safe. We look forward to a future where our children will be leading within our community.