Treated like a celebrity at the vaccine clinic

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It is not often that I have either the time or the need to write about a situation, an event or an experience. However, in this case, I will make an exception.

My COVID-19 vaccination was scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

From the nanosecond that I drove into the parking lot at the Port Edward Arena (BTW: It was my first time at the arena.) until I exited the doors of the arena, I was treated in such a great manner that I thought that I was a celebrity.

Thursday was a cold blustery day at the arena. Yet, everyone with whom I came in contact had a warm smile and an eagerness to help.

For example, I was asked if I needed assistance, to which I replied, “I would like to have a wheelchair, if possible. My friend (in the passenger seat) would wheel me.”

The attendant radioed another attendant in the parking lot a little further down.

When I arrived at the said parking area, I was met by a kind gentleman who pointed to a handicap (challenge) parking space. Whereupon, he and my friend retrieved a wheelchair for me.

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The wonderful experience started when we were waiting to enter the arena. We were met by a “greeter.” Her name was Emily. How friendly and informative she was!

To make a long, wonderful story short, everything was laid out perfectly. Up to the moment of the injection (Thank you, Arlene, for making the shot painless. Yes, I am needle shy) until we left, every minute detail was executed perfectly. (When I returned home, I even discovered that I had received an email thanking me “ for doing (my) part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping Ontarians Healthy.”

The staff and volunteers did their very best to make everything function smoothly. And they were successful. This is a welcome relief from the non-caring attitude that so many people have today. The staff and volunteers, for their part, “stand head and shoulders” above the rest.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Lambton public health and its volunteers for making my trip to receiving my vaccination a memorable experience and for a job well done.

Richard Strang

Sarnia

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