Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. It’s seen in the arrival and rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. It’s the gift most everyone wants.
Still, the vaccine’s arrival carries a danger of its own.
No, it’s not the fact Ontario is at last getting only a smidgen of this “liquid gold,” as one politician calls it. Indeed, the impact of even a few people being inoculated is good for all Canadians. And that positive impact will only grow as each dose is delivered.
The danger, instead, lies in the complacency created by such good news.
We’re relieved, and perhaps a tad astonished, that any vaccine is making its way to Canada so quickly. Ontario has put a former general in charge of the rollout, and other planning team members will be wrestling through the local logistics. It looks as though our politicians and public health officials have got some things right.
But with that collective sigh of relief — and the optimism it has sparked — Canadians now face a challenge. Can we keep focusing on proper COVID-19 safety protocols? Can we continue to physically distance, wear our masks, wash our hands and avoid people who are not in our own families?
And can we resist big household gatherings at Christmas?
And, perhaps even more difficult, can we keep the hatches battened on New Year’s Eve? Mind you, if there ever was a night made for a party, it’s Dec. 31.
But will Canadians keep their cool and hibernate as they ought?
Or will we be “treated” in early January to reports from public health officials about big indoor gatherings to welcome 2021 – superspreader events where the celebrants decided masks weren’t cool and – what the heck – isn’t everyone getting a vaccine anyway?
COVID-19 numbers are still climbing in many areas. In others, they’re stable, but we still must be careful.
Now at last, toward the end a memorable year that everyone wants to forget, there is light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel. And it will take some time before large segments of Canada’s population are vaccinated.
Christmas is about hope, and so it’s appropriate that the vaccine would come to Canada now.
But Christmas is also about faith. Every Canadian will eventually have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. But not right away.
And so we need to be vigilant until that last dose is delivered.
– Postmedia News