The start of a historic vaccination program was greeted by Anita Anand, the Canadian Minister of Public Works and Procurement, who wrote on Twitter, “Today, Canada receives 30K doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine”
An 89-year-old resident of a long-term care home in the province of Quebec has become the first Canadian to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as the country is the first in the world to launch a coronavirus vaccine.
Gisèle Lévesque found the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in Quebec City and was applauded by a small group of health workers who had gathered to celebrate the occasion. Older and weaker residents in such areas have been the most vulnerable people in Canada during the coronavirus epidemic.
Lévesque was followed by Anita Quidangen, a health worker in Toronto, the first person in Ontario to receive an injection.
The start of the historic vaccination program was greeted by Anita Anand, the Canadian Minister of Public Works and Procurement, who wrote on Twitter, “Today, Canada is receiving 30K doses of the approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
The first 30,000 shipments are part of the first 249,000 installment to arrive in Canada in the coming days as Anand said they will be available on December 31, with lower prices expected by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The introduction of the vaccine has also led to a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians “who are willing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine is available”, according to the Angus Reid Institute, a non-profit public organization.
About 48% of Canadians now want immediate immunizations, an 8% increase over the previous month, indicating that doubts are slowly declining as vaccination reports in the UK and US enter and jabs announcements found in Canada.
But the organization noted that “while many in the country have expressed a desire for immediate immunization, the number of those who say they will not receive the vaccine remains at about one in seven”.