Dr. Bunkis with late Dad, Janis Bunkis.

COVID-19 Update

All About Grandkids, Kids, and Dads!

With my late Dad, Janis Bunkis.

Not a day goes by that I do not think about my Dad and give him thanks for the times we enjoyed together – and for giving me a good foundation upon which to build my life. To the annoyance of people close to me, they know that a special time for me to communicate with my Dad is every Sunday morning – he used to play a Mozart mass on the old stereo at home each Sunday, and now, rather loudly at times, I do the same each Sunday morning! Dad, thanks again for being such a shining example to all of us! And now, of course, we also celebrate our children and their children! How blessed was I to spend Father’s Day with my daughter, Jessica, and her fiancé, Brendan Browne, and my son Justin, along with my two grandchildren, Kinley and Colton. What a pleasure, indeed! Thank you, family!

With Colton and Kinley Bunkis at the Ladera water park on Sunday.

With Colton and Kinley Bunkis at the Ladera water park on Sunday.

I was struck this past weekend, by finding no mention of COVID on the front pages of the Boston Globe, LA Times, and NY Times. What a difference a year makes! Here and there (but not in our offices!) people show up without masks. In California and Massachusetts, COVID restrictions have been mainly lifted but many restaurants continue serving outside and have maintained extra spacing between tables. Last weekend I had a few diplomatic duties in Los Angeles and I can tell you, that pre-COVID traffic levels are back – those pleasing ribbons of green on our GPS’s are returning to red, even on a Saturday or Sunday! Are people no longer working from home? The return to school always worsens traffic in September and I would predict that this year will be no exception.

President Biden announced that we as a nation will not reach a level of having 70% of Americans having at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4th – the issue is resistance, not lack of supply! California and Massachusetts are two of 16 states that will reach that plateau! Vaccination rates have been declining. When I first heard the idea floated, I thought the plans to incentivize people to get vaccinated with cash prizes, Angels and Dodgers tickets and so forth were such a foolish waste of public money. Yet data this past week show that cash prizes are credited with a surge in the number of people accepting vaccines in the last few weeks. Go figure, but if that is what it takes to get people to accept vaccinations, so be it – let’s get as many vaccinated as possible! The pandemic is NOT over, the unvaccinated are still getting infected and dying of COVID infections!

Everyone in our California and Massachusetts offices has been vaccinated – our office policies mandate COVID vaccination for staff! Some, but not all, schools have mandated vaccination of students, staff and teachers. As you know, students come to learn at our office and we had to turn one down one student last month who refused to get vaccinated (her loss!). Courts have confirmed that employers have the right to mandate vaccination and many have done so, including Houston’s Methodist Hospital. Houston Methodist made news this week by following through with firing those who refuse to get vaccinated – 153 employees, including doctors and nurses, chose to be fired rather than get vaccinated. Let’s be smart about this until this pandemic is fully behind us!

Happy Father’s Day with my children, Justin and Jessica Bunkis.

Happy Father’s Day with my children, Justin and Jessica Bunkis.

Stay healthy! Stay happy and persevere! Feed the Courage Wolf and starve the Fear Wolf!

The end of the pandemic is almost here! Go conquer another mountain!

Get vaccinated! Enjoy the world - travel!

Be grateful for what you have now and for what is on the horizon - vaccines for everyone.

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