For Kyle Penner, the effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in his community is personal.
The associate pastor at Grace Mennonite Church in Steinbach, Man., has seen the devastating effect the illness caused by the novel coronavirus has had on those around him.
"We all know people who died from COVID here," said Penner.
"I have friends who work in the hospital and they were intubating more people in one shift than they had in their entire life. I have friends who have children who are immunocompromised, and for them it's been a long year and a half of staying at home, trying to protect their children."
That's why as the province braces for a fourth wave of infections, Penner is encouraged to see a slow rise in the number of people in the southeastern Manitoba area getting their first vaccine shot.
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