Vaccination Envy

Yes, that’s really a thing. So you hear that someone has just had the vaccine and you start trying to work out what their date of birth might be and why did they get in before you.

Then there’s the outrage when you hear that 16 members of the Lebanese Parliament got vaccinated even when the government said only health workers and essential workers could get the jab. Well, they claimed they were essential workers – yeah right! Publications are full of stories about queue-jumping from as far away as the Philippines to right here at home in Ontario.

And how about those two young women in Florida who dressed up as grannies to try and get the vaccine? And it was their second shot so they had already successfully fooled someone and got the first. Reminded me of those teens who dressed up as grannies so they could buy alcohol.

Well you know what, everyone (well almost everyone) wants the vaccine but dressing up as a granny really takes the cake.

From initial distrust on some people’s part, now the vaccine is seen as that “holy grail”. People who want it, want it really bad. And why not? It represents freedom, the possibility of family bbq’s, a meal out, oh my goodness, maybe even a vacation away somewhere. Yes, you’re damn right there is vaccination envy out there and it has hit everyone. USA today reported – On Monday’s episode of “The View,” Meghan McCain expressed her own: “The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of ‘The View,’ don’t know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine because the rollout for my age range and my health is so nebulous, I have no idea when and how I get it,” McCain said. “I want to get it. If you call me at three o’clock in the morning, I will go any place at any time to get it.”

I am not quite sure why being the co-host of The View would mean that she deserves it more than anyone else, but – whatever!

After the polio outbreak in Britain in 1961 people queued up for the vaccine and it was rolled out at schools dished out on a lump of sugar.

I can remember standing in line to get my sugar lump when the teacher suddenly leaned over me and slapped a boy across the back of his head. “What are you doing, you silly boy?” he shouted. “You’ve had your dose already!” It’s true. He liked having a sugar lump so much he thought he would line up again and get second helpings! He wasn’t a bit perturbed about being slapped on the head by the teacher. Now there is a WHOLE other story about that!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. Being just under 75 and my wife is younger, I want the vaccine for both of us ASAP but wonder when we will get the 2nd dose. Do we have to wait for 2nd dose to get the vaccine passport and will it allow us to come back into Canada without having to go through Trudeau’s expensive 3 nights in a hotel with lousy room service at $2,000 pp. This is a giant ripoff compared to our normal hotel and food costs, especially considering what Australia is charging for 14 days. We’re not going to travel outside Canada until we can come and go without hassles but getting a test within 72 hours of catching a flight back to Canada in addition to the vaccine passport may not be unreasonable.
    So many questions and very few answers.


    1. Hello Hugh, you are right. At the moment there are more questions than answers and I do think that you would have to have had your second shot to get the vaccine pass. The quarantine hotel requirement is certainly a deterrent. Hopefully that will open up a bit soon.


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