An 89-year-old resident of a long-term care home in Quebec province has become the first Canadian to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, as the country is among the first in the world to launch its coronavirus vaccination program.
Gisèle Lévesque received the Pfizer BioNTech sting in Quebec and was applauded by a small group of health workers who gathered to mark the moment. Elderly and sick residents of such facilities were the most vulnerable demographics in Canada during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lévesque was followed by Anita Quidangen, a doctor in Toronto, the first person in Ontario to receive the injection.
The start of the historic vaccine program was greeted by Anita Anand, Canada’s minister of public services and procurement, who tweeted, “Today Canada receives 30K doses of the authorized Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”
That initial shipment of 30,000 is part of the first episode of 249,000 that will arrive in Canada in the next few days, as Anand said they will be available by December 31, with millions of more doses expected before the end of the first quarter. of 2021.
The start of the vaccination has also led to a sharp increase in the number of Canadians “ready to be immunized against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine will be available to them,” according to the nonprofit public voting agency Angus Reid Institute.
About 48% of Canadians now want to be vaccinated immediately, an increase of 8% over the past month, indicating that skepticism is gradually eroding as reports of vaccination in the UK and US come along with announcements of the stings available in Canada.
But the agency noted that “while more in this country express a desire for inoculation sooner rather than later, the number of those who say they will not receive a vaccine has remained static around one-out of seven.”