Time to get mad

If you’re not yet mad at the slow pace of vaccinations, an article in The Star today will get you going. And if you are already mad, you’ll be furious—as I am.

Most of the seniors at Central King Seniors Residence across from the Weston Library hadn’t received their vaccinations, even though they’ve been eligible for weeks. Why?

Most of them don’t use the internet and aren’t able to book an appointment on their own. Many have significant mobility issues and none of the vaccination sites are nearby. Some can’t afford transportation. Others worry about waiting in long lines.

“They have been left behind,” Oka says. “Not intentionally,” she adds. “But still.”


She knew the most effective way to get her residents vaccinated was if the vaccine came to them. So she sent requests to every level of government, making her case in detailed emails.

Eventually she heard back from her MPP, Faisal Hassan, who, in collaboration with Humber River Hospital, arranged for a pop-up clinic at the building last week.

God bless Bardha Oka. Give her an award, the key to the town. Name a street after her. She probably saved many lives.

But see, too, that this is no way to run a vaccination plan. Why should one person be responsible? And why should she have to fight to get it done? This is insane. And how many more seniors’ residences are out there with less empowered staff than Bardha Oka?

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “Time to get mad”

  1. Understood.

    And yes, a lovely effort to assist those willing to actually receive a vaccine because as we’re hearing, not everyone is buying in and consequently there’s been a certain amount of wastage reported.

    But, in fairness, these past 16 months have seen us suck & blow as a nation to the point of exhaustion or as you say above, madness. And, we’re constantly looking for someone to blame, somewhere.

    And, it’s pretty hard to think rationally & creatively when you’re stressed beyond belief – be you a medical scientist or an elected official, both often times not on the same page in their respective communities – and at odds with just about everyone on how to proceed.

    Anyway, more good news – there are others it seems hard at work and taking initiative elsewhere in our city, too. And, reported last night on CBC’s, The National.

    The report was called, “Eliminating barriers through mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic” – a Toronto hospital is working to eliminate more barriers by bringing COVID-19 vaccines to people who need it most with a mobile clinic in a virus hotspot.

    The hospital is Michael Garron, in East York and the hotspot, another challenged community, Thorncliffe.

    I think this is the way to go – taking it right to where the people are and hopefully, helping them to make an easy & comfortable choice to receive a vaccine.

    Hopefully, more of that will be announced in Wednesday’s press conference because we have to get on with it, one way or another.

    Check it out the CBC report, if you wish:

    It’s warm & hopeful.

  2. I heard from MPP Hassan that his team are bringing pop-up clinics to all the seniors buildings in York South -Weston. Our Lady of Victory, Eagle Manor, Outlook place, 600 Rogers, Casa Abruzza, 10 Maple Leaf, etc etc. All have the same issue as 15 King, seniors without internet or too frightened or too poor to travel on the TTC the long distances to the mass clinics like at the convention centre downtown.
    This should have happened months ago. Kudos to MPP Hassan and his team.
    Other cities are arranging special busses to take seniors to clinics and bring them home. Perhaps that needs to happen here for seniors living on their own.

  3. Nice to know.
    Hope it helps.

    But, many still need a trustworthy “friendly nudge” to get past that frightened mindset.

    And, who can blame them, even if their hearing & awareness level is reasonable – given the near crazed rhetoric, on a daily basis.

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