A senior citizen receives a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in a hockey arena in Montreal, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. More than half of the residents of First Nations communities in British Columbia have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but most Indigenous people who live outside of these areas are still waiting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

A senior citizen receives a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic in a hockey arena in Montreal, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. More than half of the residents of First Nations communities in British Columbia have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but most Indigenous people who live outside of these areas are still waiting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

EDITORIAL: Remember what we learned in kindergarten

When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, we need to remember what we learned as kids

When I was in kindergarten, there was a sandbox by the door of our classroom.

I don’t remember much about it, other than some indistinct memories after seeing a few photos of me and my friends playing at the waist-height box filled with sand and a few shovels.

But I do remember that is was popular. Very popular.

Was there a system to make sure every kid got their turn to play with the sand? Were we asked to wait our turn?

We all wanted in, that I do remember. Some of us were lucky and got to play there first.

Gee, sounds an awful lot like the COVID-19 vaccine.

RELATED: B.C. emergency, grocery, school staff get COVID-19 vaccine starting April

Starting Friday, March 26 at noon, all seniors aged 74 and older, and all Indigenous people 55 and older will be able to get in touch with Fraser Health to book their COVID-19 vaccine.

Soon, people with a variety of health risks who are at greater risk from COVID-19 will also be able to get their vaccine. Just wait for your letter in the mail and you’ll be good to go.

Perhaps even sooner, people working in high risk jobs — grocery store employees, teachers, child care providers, postal workers, police, etc. — will be contacted by their bosses to get the vaccine as well.

Congratulations to them, all of those individuals who are both willing and able to get their vaccine and get us closer to a post-pandemic world.

Some of the rest of us are grumbling.

“It’s not fair,” you can imagine them saying. “I’m at higher risk than those guys. I deserve my vaccine first.”

Maybe you do. Maybe you don’t.Not my place to judge.

(I mean, I’ll judge a little if you’re a grown adult whining like a toddler who didn’t get a lollipop, but I’m not going to judge whether you deserve to get your vaccine first. That is above my pay grade.)

For every kid playing in my kindergarten sandbox, there was at least five other kids sitting cross legged on the floor, pouting because they couldn’t have their turn.

Was it fair to those kids on the floor to make them wait?

Probably not. But there certainly wasn’t enough room at the sandbox for everyone.

What is right isn’t always fair — and it’s not always easy to know exactly how to make the right decisions.

RELATED: COVID vaccine ‘not 100%,’ Dr. Henry warns communities getting first dose all at once

I do not envy the job of the provincial health officer and government in deciding which British Columbians should get their vaccine first.

It’s a big task, and one with very real consequences if they get it wrong.

But, right now, it’s not our job to stamp our feet and complain if we aren’t first in line. It’s our job to do what we learned to do at the sandbox in kindergarten, and wait our turn.

Do not call the Fraser Health booking line if you are younger than 74 (younger than 55 if you are Indigenous).

Do not hide behind your computer screen and book an appointment online, hoping they won’t notice when you walk in that you’ve aged really well for someone supposedly in their late 70s.

If you do this, your appointment will be cancelled. You will have wasted Fraser Health’s time, and taken potential appointment times away from the people who are eligible.

We must wait our turn.

We must be polite.

We must not call each other names.

We must share the things that are there for everyone to enjoy.

It’s what our kindergarten teachers taught us. It’s what I imagine they would want us to do now.

– Grace Kennedy, editor



news@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

ColumnCoronavirusOpinion

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rogelio V. Solis
District of Kent council: Agassiz vaccine clinics successful

About 700 people vaccinated in two clinics, district officials say

Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Fight continues for historic Hope Station House

Ombudsman report and stop work order come alongside district’s move to remove heritage status

web
Fire breaks out inside Mission Walmart

Customers, staff evacuated as firefighters investigate

For three of the past four weeks, COVID-19 cases have been well below 10. There have been more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in the first few months of 2021. (Graphic/Adam Louis)
Agassiz-Harrison COVID cases dip down to single digits again

Vaccine clinics have delivered hundreds of doses in first few weeks

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

The father of Aaliyah Rosa planted a tree and laid a plaque in her memory in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Final witness will extend Langley child murder trial into May or June

Lengthy trial began last autumn with COVID and other factors forcing it to take longer than expected

The corner of 96th Avenue and Glover Road in Fort Langley now has traffic signals, and new “touchless” signal activation buttons. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Busy Fort Langley intersection gets ‘touchless’ crosswalk signals

The new traffic light started operation in April

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data

Eight to 13 per cent of COVID cases among students in the Lower Mainland were acquired in schools, B.C. says

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Dr. Bonnie Henry – in a B.C. health order that went into effect April 12 – granted WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce workplace closures with COVID-19 spread. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
24 workplace closures being enforced in Fraser Health under new COVID-19 order

WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce closures if COVID-19 has spread to 3 or more employees

Maple Ridge Fire and Rescue were conducting training operations at Gold Creek Falls when a firefighter broke their leg. (Eileen Robinson photo - Special to The News)
Firefighter suffers broken leg during swift water rescue practice in Golden Ears park

A training exercise at Maple Ridge waterfall on Wedesday results in mishap

Most Read