EDITORIAL – Kudos to those who are giving us a real shot in the arm

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An editorial to Mel Rothenburger.

I GOT THE JAB yesterday. Right in the arm.

It was very likely the smartest 45 minutes I’ve spent in more than a year. Kudos to the healthcare workers, volunteers, those on the phone lines and others who are making the vaccination clinics go very smoothly indeed.

When I joined the lineup Tuesday morning it was about 20 people long but it moved ahead at a consistent pace. The mood was lighthearted, with the usual jokes about masks that fog up glasses, and wisecracks about foot-long needles as big around as your little finger.

In reality, it was painless. After reaching the registration table and waiting a minute or two for one of the dozen nurses to wave a green paddle — a signal for the next person in line to come on down — the jab itself was anti-climactic.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Kudos to those who are giving us a real shot in the arm

  1. R A George // April 8, 2021 at 1:27 PM // Reply

    We got our shots 3 weeks ago Tue at the Barriere Seniors centre. No lineup, no problems, no pain, no fainting and no sore arm.A well run situation.

  2. Noel Gopsill // April 7, 2021 at 9:29 AM // Reply

    I don’t know what happened on the North Shore yesterday but I got there for my 3:15 appointment and the line up was all the way back and around the side of the building.

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