An Indigenous Paramedic on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic – FNHA

This article is one in a series of real life stories from Indigenous VaxC​hamps who have shared their reasons for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.​

If the COVID-19 pandemic has felt like a long road for people, it’s been especially difficult for frontline health care workers like Terrilyn Good, a BC Ambulance paramedic with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). In the course of a regular workday, she frequently cares for unvaccinated patients who have COVID-19, rushing them to the hospital to receive life-saving emergency care.

“I see amongst my colleagues the burnout, the mental health injuries that people are getting from going to COVID-19 patient after COVID-19 patient,” said Terrilyn, who works in Surrey’s hot zone. “I keep pushing myself because I know if I take an absence it puts a heavier workload on my colleagues.”

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