Now that she has received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, all of these activities are a little closer for Mississauga senior Jackie Campbell.
The spry 80-year-old Erin Mills resident recently got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, joining more than 20,000 people to receive their dose at the mass public vaccination clinic on the U of T Mississauga campus.
Like the rest of the world, Campbell’s usually busy schedule ground to a halt in mid-March 2020 as things everywhere were cancelled due to the global pandemic.
Over the past year, she has followed pandemic protocols by staying safely home, venturing out just once a week to grocery shop with her daughters, and treating herself to take-out from Swiss Chalet.
“But it’s hard when you can’t see the people you like in person,” she says.
Campbell has used Zoom to keep in touch with her Beta Sigma Phi sorority sisters and PROBUS social club friends, but says she especially misses in-person activities like euchre and going out to restaurants.
When the first phase of vaccinations opened to priority groups in Ontario, including seniors 80 years of age and up, Campbell was quick to book an appointment at the Trillium Health Partners (THP) COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UTM.
“My sorority chapter are all signed up to be vaccinated, and my social group has done the same,” she says. “I was looking forward to receiving it, as I think everybody should.”
Campbell arrived for her March 11 appointment with her daughter, who accompanied her throughout her visit. “We were very impressed with how well everything went,” says Campbell, who felt she was in good hands with THP clinic staff who were there to assist with every step of the process.
After arriving to no lineup—"We walked right in,” she says—Campbell was guided through the welcome and registration area. She chatted with an on-site doctor about issues related to age and medical background before receiving her injection.
“I think we were there for an hour at the very most,” she says. “The staff were very helpful, and kept it going smoothly.”
Clinic is now closed
Over 335,000 doses were administered and 103 lives saved.