100-year-old former Mississauga mayor urges residents to take COVID-19 vaccine

Mar 18 2021, 8:47 am

A former Mississauga mayor who just received the COVID-19 vaccine is urging residents to do the same a few weeks after celebrating her 100th birthday.

On Wednesday, Hazel McCallion spoke at Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s press conference, saying she felt better after receiving the vaccine.

“I had no reaction, but I feel so much better because I’ve been vaccinated,” she said.

McCallion received her Pfizer vaccine on March 5, after the province allowed those 80 years and older to receive it.

Those eligible also include the Indigenous community and frontline healthcare workers.

McCallion added that getting the vaccine is about protecting the community and loved ones, “my family feels better about it. Unfortunately, they’re not vaccinated, but they know that mum is and that I’m safe.”

According to Peel region’s vaccination plan, the goal is to have at least 75% of the population vaccinated as “quickly and safely as possible.” In order to do this, 2.3 million doses will be required.

On Monday morning, the province launched its online registration to facilitate vaccine appointments for those 80 years and older. The system will allow for vaccination appointments to be booked at mass immunization clinics across the province.

Over 325 pharmacies are now distributing the AstraZeneca vaccine in the province.

To date, 1,359,453 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Ontario.

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