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The first COVID-19 vaccines administered in Canada began a massive campaign
A long-term care resident in Quebec and a nursing home staff in Ontario received Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, launching the largest immunization campaign in the country’s history.
The footage from Pfizer was managed within half an hour of each other in Quebec City and Toronto, creating some confusion as to which province could be said to be the first in the country to hand over the sizes.
Ontario Premier Duck Ford said, “This is a big step in the fight against this deadly virus.”
“Thanks to them we were the first in Canada and the first in North America to provide this vaccine.”
In Quebec, the provincial health minister, 89-year-old Kisel Leweski, received his vaccine at 11:30 a.m. ET at the long-term care home in Saint-Antoine, the provincial capital, and received the first shot in Canada.
It was announced shortly after Anita Quidangan, a personal support worker in Toronto, received her shot during a live broadcast at noon.
Leaders in both provinces said the rolling of the shots marked a historic day.
“This is a watershed moment – the beginning of the end of this terrible epidemic,” Ford said in a statement.
“The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter every day, but we must be on our guard.”