The just and the unjust in a pandemic

The days streak by, and here we are, beginning the third week of the new year. It was an “online” week.

Last week went fast with three Zoom meetings and three virtual storytelling sessions. I ran errands on a couple of the days. Grocery shopping. Library. Dry cleaners. Because I went grocery shopping I was able to cook some wonderful meals. We ate well. I read every day. We watched DVDs from the library. Right now it’s the series Pie in the Sky every evening and on Saturday afternoon we went back in time to the movie “White Christmas” which was fun since we had watched “Holiday Inn” right before Christmas.

One of the Zoom meetings was with the church deacons. Although it’s a new calendar year, and we often change our job titles with the change of the year, no one seems interested in doing that so I continue as moderator. This particular meeting was a pleasure as we had a large sum of money to distribute to various food agencies. It’s fun to give away money. I wish I had a million dollars I could dispense. The needs are huge here in the San Joaquin Valley as I’m sure they are in many places in this nation. As we finished allocating the funds, we decided to keep back some of the money in our account as we see a problem with evictions coming down the pike in another month.

My anxiety levels are high due to the upcoming inauguration and the bunch of terrorists who want to disrupt life in the United States. For over four years I have said we haven’t seen the worst with the guy who was inaugurated in 2017, and I feel there is more worser and worser still to come. Yes, double, even triple negatives.

I’m also watching the madness with the COVID vaccines. Those who should be getting the vaccines, like frontline workers, school employees, mail carriers, bus drivers, farm workers, are being held back while those well-to-do 60 somethings push to the front of the line and get their vaccines, leaving none for those who are in the trenches, working every day. A friend who works for the county was asked to volunteer with distributing the vaccine at the county fairgrounds. He said there is a lack of manpower to handle all those who are coming and there won’t be enough vaccine, either. I’m missing something. Why isn’t this vaccine being given like the flu vaccine? Through pharmacies, doctor’s offices, medical centers? Even our local school district gives flu vaccinations, and does it well. Why are the well-heeled trampling the frontline workers to be first?

Today is a holiday to celebrate the life of a man who loved justice and put his entire life on the line for it. It’s a good day to stop and think about how we are being just in such unjust times. Are we helping or are we hindering those who have been trampled?

6 responses to “The just and the unjust in a pandemic

  1. I think one of the problems with distributing the vaccine is that the Pfizer one needs to be keep so cold…which makes it hard to distribute widely.

  2. Oh my goodness! That’s terrible! I’ve also heard that Florida is giving their vaccine to tourists coming in from other countries. It’s all fine to share, but there are so many vulnerable people that need it more right now. In Hawaii, you have to sign up online to get the shot and anyone without an appointment is not allowed in.

    • Again, a situation where the privileged (those with a computer and internet) get ahead of those who probably need the vaccines even more to stay safe in their job.

  3. I sent a text to my doctor to see when I might be able to get one from her, but they have no idea when they will receive ANY of the vaccine. I’m hoping Biden’s team will get things straightened out a little. The outgoing administration shared little information with them. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough for me.

    • I am waiting for our doctor, who is part of a very large hospital here, to let us know when and where to get the vaccine, just like I do with the flu vaccine. I am not going to knock over healthcare and frontline workers to get ahead in line because I am able to shelter in place and take precautions to stay healthy.

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