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‘I will refuse the booster’

The Editor,


The day I got my second coronavirus vaccine, I did a happy dance in the parking lot of the Wakefield community centre and then rushed off to make plans to visit my grandkids for some long overdue hugs.


I felt grateful to live in a country wealthy enough to be able to provide this life-saving vaccine to every citizen who wants it (some do not), and to have tens of millions of additional doses purchased for future use. In Quebec there’s even talk of possibly rolling out a third, booster shot. But my gratitude for the double vaccine is tinged with shame, and I will refuse the booster if offered.


Around the world, 3.8 billion have still not had a single injection. This, as the number of cases reaches 200 million globally and the death toll surpasses 4.2 million. How can this be?