21.5 C
Ontario
Sunday, July 25, 2021

‘We are so excited’: Kingston residents react to accelerated 2nd vaccine doses – Kingston


The news that anyone over the age of 18 will be eligible to book their second COVID-19 dose as of Monday has residents as well as local business owners excited about the prospect of taking the next step towards normalcy.

“It’s super exciting, I’m super excited to see my friends again,” said Oliva Ho, a Kingston resident.

“I wanna see my family, I haven’t seen my mom in months, I’m really excited for her to come up and visit,” Ho added.

While KFL&A is not a COVID-19 hot spot, the area has faced back-to-back lockdowns along with the rest of the province, in an effort — as public health officials say — to curb the spread of the virus and its variants.

Read more:
All Ontario residents 18 and older can book 2nd COVID-19 shots June 28

Story continues below advertisement

The news of accelerated second doses is leaving many locals hopeful.

“I wanna hug people again, being fully vaccinated,” exclaimed Danielle Garland, as she enjoyed the sun at Breakwater Park on Sunday afternoon.

Others are looking forward to getting through their bucket lists as Ontario continues on its road to re-opening and more residents become fully vaccinated.

“I’ve always wanted to try a few more restaurants. I think getting takeout over the course of the pandemic has kind of opened up an expectation for me about the quality of Kingston’s restaurants,” said Liam Andrew, another resident.


Click to play video: 'How much longer will masks be mandatory in public settings?'







How much longer will masks be mandatory in public settings?


How much longer will masks be mandatory in public settings?

Restaurants are also enjoying the in-person patronage, like the Merchant Tap House, which has been open for 17 years in Kingston’s downtown core.

“We’ve been waiting a long time to get back to this point so now I feel like we’re on the home stretch, and honestly it’s been great. We’ve had everybody coming in that has supported us during takeout over the year, and now we finally get to see them and thank them for all the support,” said Jared Haird, general manager of The Merchant Tap House.

Story continues below advertisement

While the light at the end of the tunnel nears for some, others remain cautious and advise people to not let their guard fully down just yet.

“I think it’s important to just continue wearing masks because of the variants and whatnot. I don’t think we should go all out right away, just because there’s still the dangers of the variants,” said local Parisa Maliahipour.

Provincial officals say that an appointment must be made at least 28 days after the first dose and that moving up second doses will make about 1.5 million more Ontarians eligible come Monday.

Read more:
Youth in Ontario Delta variant hot spots can move up 2nd COVID-19 vaccine doses




© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

Latest news

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Tennis Live Updates Sania Mirza, Ankita Suffer Shock Defeat, Knocked Out By Ukrainian Team In First Round Of Women’s Doubles

India's chances of winning a medal in women's doubles at Tokyo Olympics 2020 are over. After dominating the...

Tanishaa Mukerji, who got her eggs frozen, says ‘it’s very important for child to have a father’ | Bollywood

Actor Tanishaa Mukerji has spoken about getting her eggs frozen and why a child needs a father in their life. Tanishaa (43) got...

Amazon Brand – Symbol Autumn-Winter’20 Solid Tote

Price: (as of - Details) From the manufacturer ...

Jackie Mason, irascible comedian who perfected amused outrage, dies at 93

Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian whose feisty brand of standup comedy led him to Catskills nightclubs, West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has...
Related news

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Tennis Live Updates Sania Mirza, Ankita Suffer Shock Defeat, Knocked Out By Ukrainian Team In First Round Of Women’s Doubles

India's chances of winning a medal in women's doubles at Tokyo Olympics 2020 are over. After dominating the...

Tanishaa Mukerji, who got her eggs frozen, says ‘it’s very important for child to have a father’ | Bollywood

Actor Tanishaa Mukerji has spoken about getting her eggs frozen and why a child needs a father in their life. Tanishaa (43) got...

Amazon Brand – Symbol Autumn-Winter’20 Solid Tote

Price: (as of - Details) From the manufacturer ...

Jackie Mason, irascible comedian who perfected amused outrage, dies at 93

Jackie Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian whose feisty brand of standup comedy led him to Catskills nightclubs, West Coast talk shows and Broadway stages, has...