How it’s going:
Perhaps you can relate.
A mildly annoying moment occurred on Sunday. As you likely know, the Ford government opened COVID vaccination eligibility up to those over 40. Yay! However, Toronto media reported it as those “aged 40-55”. For a moment I forgot that Toronto largely believes the world ends at Hwy 427 in the west end. Toronto’s eligibility has been 55+. But it’s not like that all over Ontario.
In the London area, as an example, eligibility has been 60+. So, when I saw 40-55 on Twitter I thought, um, what about those of us 55-60? Several Torontonians told me I’d been eligible for a while. Nope. Not here in the Forest City. And not in many other parts of Ontario. Reporting that the high end of the new vaccination eligibility was 55 only mattered to Toronto.
Our local media are largely pre-taped on weekends. Not entirely, but it’s a chore to keep up with who is live and local when and whether the news anchor is old enough to drive. So we pay more attention to Toronto on Saturdays and Sundays. But we forget that unless the rest of Ontario catches on fire, Toronto doesn’t pay much attention to us!
Hubby got his first vaccine on Monday at a pharmacy in a nearby town. An appointment there came up before his scheduled shot at an official London clinic, so we booked the early one and canceled the other. I’ve been registered for a while but I’m not in a rush. Many people are going to be ahead of me – essential workers, etc. – and I’m happy to wait my turn. Maybe a shot in the arm will fill my fuel tank a little. We’ve still got quite a distance to travel before this long, strange trip is over.