I started working in our local vaccine clinic back in March. I don’t think I’ve ever posted here about that experience; I’ve filled a paper journal though!
Today is my last scheduled shift. I might pick up shifts on weekends to come because while vaccination isn’t the ONLY thing needed to get out of this half life living, it is a NEEDED thing. As a single person who lives alone, I want us to move past this stage of recovery. I need us to.
Part of why I haven’t posted much is we sign that we won’t speak to the press haha and what if the press reads my blog, what if what if, and then they say according to this public blog, here’s what’s happening at clinics (woah, stop those conspiracy thoughts, there’s nothing like that happening at the clinics). Anyway, I overthink things as a hobby.
But as a psychotherapist who’s very interested in humans and how they be, working at a vaccine clinic is actually fascinating. As a psychotherapist with moderate ADHD who is genuinely and affectionately interested in people, there’s a lot of opportunity to observe, think, corelate, theorize, predict, wonder, and marvel. All while doing my job, fear not, fear not. It actually improves job performance. When it’s your job to process people through any point of the system, it’s good to build and refine theories on how they will react. Smooths out their experience.
Anyway, I think I’ll do a series of blog posts about what I’ve thought about while screening for COVID symptoms, searching for people in the COVAX system, and providing people with their vaccine receipts.
I’ll end this one with my reasons for why I started working at the clinics. One reason was I did need a source of income. I also needed a legitimate reason to get out of the house; my walls were closing in too much. I needed to relearn how to be near people, especially strangers and crowds of them. I wanted to be part of the COVID battle. I wanted to experience donning and doffing PPE for work. I wanted my dog Valentine to learn how to be OK with my leaving the house for several hours and learn that I always come home. I wanted to be INSIDE the system to see it from the inside and better understand what was going on. I wanted to be PART of something.
I have done all this. Truly my only reason to continue is I live in the worst region of Ontario for COVID cases, we’re possibly heading into a new wave of our own, and we are at risk of not re-opening until months from now. I know they can always call in the Army to work the clinics. Until then, they need staff to do the work and I am already trained.