About twenty of them are lining up for vaccinations this Wednesday morning. Some, like Joanna, a sixty-year-old woman from Nunavik, are waiting in a chair. Every time someone enters the church Pentecostal evangelistlocated next to Cabot Square, she lifts her fragile body and walks in one place. She came with her companion Brian. Both will receive a second dose.
Joanna admits in confused English that she has
fear of COVID-19 and that she has confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine. Brian also came here to
If the first such event, hosted by Resilience Montreal in January, attracted people, David Chapman, coordinator, expects attendance to be even higher.
The first dose needed to convince people, explains one who did not hesitate to photograph him receiving the vaccine, as proof of his safety.
The challenge today is to ensure that there are enough vaccines to meet demand. People are becoming more and more convinced that the vaccine is good for them. The evidence for its effectiveness is growing., he said.
Resilience Montreal received 72 doses of vaccine from Pfizer BioNTech to date.
At the door of the church, Stephanie Dupont, the community organizer at the CIUSSS du Center-Ouest-de-l’le-de-Montréal, walks up to Joanna to fill out a form. She takes a 60 year old health insurance card and runs:
Happy birthday Joanna!… Behind his mask, we can guess the smile of the Inuks.
I talk to them a little, it helps pass the time, justifies Ms. Dupont.
The queue for her is not reduced. Jesse, an Aboriginal from Mistissini, mechanically eats his bagel filled with melted cheese while waiting in line.
This will be my first dose. I’m vulnerable, so I came for the vaccine. I already had two heart attacks, one kidney refuses …he says between two bites.
Debugged management work
Inside, the course is well established. Today’s patients are offered a new mask and then they answer a series of questions. In particular, we check if they have already been vaccinated.
This gentleman took his first dose of Moderna … said one of the volunteers caring for Melanie Mailer. Unfortunately for him, he will have to travel to where he received the first injection in order to receive the same vaccine.
A few minutes later, another man is angry in his chair. He received his first dose in March.
It is too early to take the second dose, it will be dangerous for you. You have an appointment for July– the volunteer answers. But this man insists, forcing Stephanie Dupont to step in and teach a little.
A little further, four nurses are busy in robes and gloves. Joanna walks over and answers a few more questions. She did not have very strong side effects, but the nurse explained to her in English that often the second dose was more dangerous.
Joanna rolls up her T-shirt sleeve, ready for the injection. Brian just got his next to her.
I’m very happyhe said, standing up, looking at Joanna, who, once finished, carefully hid her RAMQ card in a pretty mouthpiece.
They will wait a few more minutes to make sure everything is in order before leaving.
Early in the day, the last available doses were consumed while people were still waiting outside. David Chapman notes:
there were few natives. There are still some doubts on their side.…