COVID-19 Newsletters

Dr. Jensen & Dr. Wilson’s COVID-19 Update January 2021

Our New Year’s Resolution

Like so many health care professionals around the world, our holiday was spent with COVID-19. One of us managed a local hospital outbreak of the virus and the other was deployed to assist a long-term care home from another community battling a devastating outbreak. We are weary, and heartbroken, yet we are full of resolve: resolve to protect you, our community, from COVID-19. While we would be happy to lose a few pounds, read more books, and pick up a new hobby, we believe our New Year’s resolution is probably the most important one we will make in our lifetime.

We resolve to bring the COVID-19 vaccination to your arm.

We are in close communication with those responsible for the COVID-19 vaccination strategy for Durham Region. We are told that your primary care doctors and nurses will play a critical role in the distribution of the vaccine here in our community. While we wait for greater clarity from our leaders, we are proactively organizing ourselves. Together with our mayor, we commit to using all our resources, knowledge, and infrastructure to provide Uxbridge with as effective a response to the pandemic as possible through vaccination. 

 

In the meantime, we know that some of you feel hesitant about the vaccine, and we want to help address some of your concerns. To begin, on the next page we'll explain why we and our medical colleagues made the decision to get the vaccine. And over the coming days, we'll be sharing our responses to some of the most frequent questions we receive about the vaccine. Feel free to send us any other questions you may have, and we'll do our best to respond. 

In the meantime, we know that some of you feel hesitant about the vaccine, and we want to help address some of your concerns. To begin, on the next page we'll explain why we and our medical colleagues made the decision to get the vaccine. And over the coming days, we'll be sharing our responses to some of the most frequent questions we receive about the vaccine. Feel free to send us any other questions you may have, and we'll do our best to respond. 

 

We want you and your loved ones to be as well-informed as possible so that you are ready to make your decision when the vaccine lands in our community.

 

Happy New Year Uxbridge, and we hope to have the honor of jabbing you with a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

 

Dr. Carlye Jensen BSc MD CCFP(EM)

Dr. Jennifer Wilson BSC MD CCFP(EM) FCFP

Why we got the COVID-19 vaccine

(and why we think you should, too)

We got the shot to protect our patients (you!).

We have seen enough COVID-19 to know that, while it can be a simple cold for some, it can be devastating for others. Not only does it cut lives short but it can leave lasting damage in the form of strokes, organ failure and long-term symptoms in the so-called "long haulers." We would never want to inadvertently pass this horrible disease onto others, least of all our patients. We also know that it is absolutely possible that we could pass this on to others before realising we are sick, and that is the last thing we want to do.

 

We got the shot because we want to support our community.

Life as we knew it will not be a reality until we have sufficient vaccination to dampen down the virus. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to family gatherings, sports, indoor dining and so on.  Every delay in the process slows our return to 'normal.' We need at least 80% of people to be vaccinated to have some degree of herd immunity.  Think of our society as a lifeboat -- every person who gets the vaccine puts air in our lifeboat but those who opt out, put a puncture hole in the vessel. We can manage a few holes but if we get too many we all will sink. 

 

 

We got the shot because we don’t want to catch COVID-19.

We will admit that we really don’t want to catch COVID-19. We consider ourselves young and healthy and in all likelihood we would survive while binge watching “Bridgerton” on Netflix. But we know of young people dying. We know of young healthy people who had strokes, heart attacks and blood clots. Some feel breathless months later. Why on earth would we risk those outcomes, which are much greater than the risk of a minor reaction from a vaccine?  It is a very simple choice based on science and solid statistics.  

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