Ever since COVID-19 invaded our country we were told that senior citizens were at high risk, especially those with health issues and those in nursing homes according to the experts and our government.

So when pharmaceutical companies started developing a vaccine to combat this deadly virus we were also told that seniors would be the first ones to receive it. Later they added health care workers especially those on the front lines. Then first responders and essential workers were added. 

Sadly many of those mentioned above moved ahead of our seniors in most states as the first doses of the vaccine were made available. That’s fine with me as long as they were at risk because of poor health but if they were young and healthy those doses of vaccine should have been saved for our seniors especially those in poor health.

What happened to seniors first? From the beginning Florida declared that senior citizens would be the first ones to receive the vaccine and they have proved it so far. Last weekend Governor Ron DeSantis stood by a 100-year old senior citizen as this veteran received his vaccine.

If seniors are supposed to be first then someone please tell me why are all these other people being moved to the front of the line? Even some politicians have moved ahead of seniors. Really? In my opinion they definitely are not essential workers, especially in Washington right now. 

Even some in Hollywood have moved in front of the list while others believe professional athletes should also move up to the top of the list. I guess money talks, something that most senior citizens don’t have right now.

This doesn’t surprise me at all especially since our senior citizen community is basically forgotten in this twenty-first century.

I guess that the federal government thought they were putting seniors first by giving those seniors who were drawing their social security benefits a raise in January. They called it a cost of living raise and it was a whopping 1.3 percent. Please don’t insult us. Since this pandemic the cost of living has increased drastically and in my household the 1.3 percent want even pay for my wife and I to eat a hamburger, fry and drink at a local restaurant once a month much less anything else. What a slap in the face to our seniors who have paid their federal and social security taxes for more than 60 years.

I know of a retired person who is drawing social security benefits after working all their life. They currently draw $750 per month. Since they received this cost of living raise they now draw $9.75 more each month. With this cost of living raise they now draw $759.75 per month. Please tell me how can the government possibly believe that a person can live on that small amount of money every month?

They can’t that is why more and more seniors have or having to go back to work because they can’t afford to live on their current retirement income. Just Monday I heard a lady say at the pharmacy that she was glad that she had a job at 87 years of age so she could pay her prescription costs. 

I reached the age of retirement last year but found out that I could not retire when I found out what my social security benefits would be. Needless to say I will have to continue working for several more years. I have the feeling this is the case for many of you reading this column.

It’s time that our politicians quit making false promises to our senior citizens and give them the vaccine shots first. Keep your promise and put seniors first, not last.

For the younger generation that can’t identify with what I’m writing about hold on your time is just right around the corner. For the past four years we were on track to put America first, in the past few days multiple executive orders have been signed that will put America last and that my friend is going to affect us all.

Dan Moore is editor and publisher of The Henderson News. His e-mail address is <publisher@thehendersonnews.com>. © 2021, Henderson Newspapers Inc.

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