From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope.”  Stephen Ambrose

“Never lose hope.  Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”  Roy T. Bennett

We are facing difficult times.  In the past weeks, I saw so much pain among the families and patients.  COVID-19 does not spare gender, social status, or age.  We start to see and lose younger relatively healthier people to the virus.  It is an emotional rollercoaster for all of us.  The hope to mitigate and control the virus is through the vaccine and continue to follow the prevention guidelines of social distance and face masks.  The vaccine is now available for those who believe in the power of immunization.  Personally, I believe that immunization will protect me and those around me from the virus.  I am fortunate that my workplace provided me with the vaccine, but not everybody has the same opportunity.  My husband and a large part of the population qualify to receive the vaccine based on age and health issues, but like many others, the access to the vaccine has proven a little challenging.  So far, we could not secure an appointment for my husband.  Despite all the phone calls, set-up appointments online, no organization has called us with a vaccination date and location.  There is a high demand for the vaccine, but the availability is not ideal.  Even with vaccination available, the virus will continue to be present among us.  We still need to be vigilant with our health.  The vaccine is a tool, but not a guarantee of complete immunity.  Like many other diseases, such as influenza, shingles, and measles, the COVID-19 vaccine will provide an extra layer of protection.