Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Published April 12, 2021 at 7:52 am

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger received his first COVID-19 vaccination over the weekend and is encouraging other members of the community to do the same.

Eisenberger, who is 68 years old, received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic out of FirstOntario Centre on Sunday morning (April 11).

The mayor’s wife, Diane, was also vaccinated at the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Vaccine Clinic on Wellington Street North.

“I strongly encourage everyone in our community to roll up their sleeve and book a vaccine appointment as soon as they are eligible,” Eisenberger said in a statement.

“COVID-19 vaccines are one of the most effective prevention tools to protect the health of our loved ones and the health of our communities.”

Over the weekend, Hamilton reported close to 300 newly confirmed cases of the virus in the community and seven new outbreaks, most of which are occurring in workplaces.

There are currently 48 active outbreaks in the community and 938 active cases.

As of Friday (April 9), 124,123 had been administered in Hamilton.

“It is vital that we all, including those who have already received the vaccine, continue to follow public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Eisenberger said.

“The best community service anyone could do for their family, friends and neighbours is to get vaccinated when you are eligible.”

Residents who are 60 years of age and older, and residents 50 years of age and older in Hamilton’s ‘hotspots’ (postal codes L9C, L8W, L8L, L8N or L9K) are currently eligible for vaccinations.

Indigenous adults, adult recipients of chronic in-home care, shelter residents and seniors in congregate living settings are also eligible.

Vaccination appointments can be booked online via Ontario’s booking system or for those with limited internet access or those whose postal codes aren’t yet registered in the provincial booking system, can call the Public Health Services COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 7.

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