Retired medical professionals answering the call to help in COVID-19 fight
CA, 20 Mar 2021
Some Canadians are putting retirement on pause to join the fight against COVID-19.
Thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals have already spent long careers caring for the sick and will now spend their time as critical reinforcements for Canada’s mass immunization effort.
“It’s our way of getting our lives back. It is so important that we get everybody vaccinated as soon as we can,” said Lorraine Gonsalves, a retired nurse at Trillium Health Partners’ Mississauga Hospital.
She spent 45 years as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and now she spends 12 hours a day in a vaccination clinic.
“I just felt that I had something more to give. So when they said, ‘can you come back and vaccinate?’ I thought, yes,” she recalled, adding “You can retire, but you can never stop being a nurse.”
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