Circle of Care is proud to provide personal support for older adults with help from our Personal Support Workers (PSWs). After a vaccine was approved for COVID and introduced in Canada, many of our PSWs were eager to get vaccinated. We asked our PSWs to share why they chose to get their vaccine. Here are some of their responses:
“I got the vaccine because I want to make my clients happy and safe. It’s not just for me, but for my clients. I provide personal care, like helping my clients with their showers and cleaning. Some of my clients want me to be closer, but can’t because I want to protect them. With the vaccine, it’ll help provide comfort in knowing I’m vaccinated.” – J. Dimatulac
“We have to do it for everyone. It’s not just for ourselves, but for the sake of everyone else. Together, we’re a society, and we have to do what’s best for us all.” – Bhevell V.
“I got vaccinated to protect myself, my family, others, and to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Each and every person that gets vaccinated makes a difference for yourself and for the other people who surround us daily – it’s for their safety as much as it is for ours. I want to be able to smile at people without a mask once again.” – Sheryll.
“The benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the risks. I got vaccinated because we’re currently in a pandemic, and wanted to be as healthy and safe as possible. With my role as a healthcare worker in the community, I could have been exposed to COVID-19 from my clients, or there was a chance I could have unknowingly passed the virus on to them.” – Ayrin.
“I work in a field where I’m with vulnerable people. If I don’t take care of myself, then how can I take care of them? If I’m not healthy, then I can’t help my clients, I can’t help others because I may infect them. I would not be comfortable with myself if I were to do that to them.” – Edith
In Ontario, over 80% of eligible Ontarians have received a first dose and over 70% have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone still in need of a first or second dose can visit the Ontario vaccination portal website for more information or to book an appointment. If you’re unsure of whether you can receive the vaccine or have any hesitations, please speak with your family doctor.