PETERS – Government needs a more convincing argument to vaccinate

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Image: BC Govt photo)

I DON’T USUALLY talk about my family as part of this segment, but I feel I need to.

I grew up in a town – I like to say it’s a city, but it’s really a town – called Winkler in southern Manitoba. Winkler is surrounded by a rural municipality called Stanley.

When Manitoba health officials spoke about vaccination rates on Monday, they revealed that the RM of Stanley was at 20.7 per cent vaccine uptake. That’s 20.7 per cent for first doses.

One in five eligible people in my home has received their first dose.

That’s absurd. It’s lower than Australia.

It’s more than a little concerning because my parents, my sister and brother-in-law and my 95-year-old grandmother still live in Winkler.

Thankfully, they are all on the same page when it comes to vaccines. They are part of the one-in-five.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – Government needs a more convincing argument to vaccinate

  1. James Peters should definitely help in spreading a compelling message for all the CFJV-TV followers (many of which think vaccination is part of a grand government scheme to eliminate personal freedoms) to get on with, you said it, vaccination.

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