Big plans for the double-vaccinated

Big plans for the double-vaccinated
Lucie Bellehumeur, who recently received her second dose of vaccine, enjoying a sunny summer day. She is looking forward to being surrounded by her family and returning to her old self prior to the stress and worry that came with COVID-19. (Photo : Priscilla Allatt)

By Priscilla Allatt
Special to The Record

With more and more Quebecers receiving their second dose of vaccine, locals are beginning to feel safe again and think about what they are most looking forward to post-pandemic.
It’s been two weeks since Judy Budning, a senior from the North Hatley community, received her second dose of vaccine against COVID-19. Now that she feels adequately protected, Budning is hoping to get back some traditions she has missed this past year. One of those traditions is going down to Newport in August. In a typical year, Budning and her husband would go to Prouty Beach with a group of friends and stay there for a couple of days. “It’s a time where we all get together to share stories and meals and go out on boat rides,” said Budning. This year, however, her plans are up in the air. No one knows what the government’s plans are for the borders. She hopes that with everyone getting fully vaccinated, the US border will open, and she can head on down to see all the familiar faces she has missed so dearly.
Additionally, like most grandparents, Budning is very excited at the idea of seeing her kids and grandkids. “I have been able to stay in contact with them once a week due to Zoom,” she said, “but it’s not the same as seeing them in person. I’m dying for that hug.”
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