A 77-year previous grandfather was the primary long run care resident to obtain the vaccine inside Fraser Well being, in keeping with the well being authority.
In a video posted on Christmas eve to Fraser Well being’s social media channels, resident Andy Yoon is seen together with his sleeve rolled up as a health-care supplier prepares the vaccine.
“Are you OK with going forward with the vaccine?” asks an individual who’s off-camera.
“Oh yeah,” says Yoon, “I used to be ready.” “I’m very completely happy to get the vaccine myself,” he says, close to tears.
Within the minute-long video, Yoon tells the others within the room that after he’s vaccinated he’d wish to “go see my grandson.”
After he’s vaccinated, the health-care workers round him escape in applause.
The Fraser Well being area has been the toughest hit by COVID-19 in B.C. with outbreaks at many care houses, a few of them resulting in a number of infections and deaths.
Two vaccines are actually permitted to be used in Canada and extra shall be distributed within the coming days, weeks and months.
In an coronavirus replace launched on the identical day, provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Well being Minister Adrian Dix mentioned that eight,178 folks have now obtained the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.
“Along with our health-care employees, immunization of residents in long-term care is now additionally underway,” mentioned Dix and Henry of their joint assertion. “Given seniors and elders have been most severely impacted by this virus, that is welcome information for all of us.”
As of Thursday, 9,732 persons are underneath energetic public well being monitoring due to exposures to recognized instances of COVID-19.
For the reason that pandemic started, there have been 48,609 confirmed instances and 808 deaths. A complete of 37,784 individuals who have had the virus are actually thought-about recovered.