Mississauga’s former mayor urges those who are eligible to get vaccinated

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Published March 17, 2021 at 10:47 pm

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Mississauga’s former mayor is urging those who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Wednesday (March 17), 100-year-old Hazel McCallion spoke about her experience with her first dose of the vaccine (which she received in early March).

McCallion praised the hospital staff’s organization and adherence to physical distancing while she was there. “I went to the hospital without any problem—I just walked in, and it was well, well-managed,” she said during a press conference.

Additionally, McCallion said she has not had any adverse side-effects from the vaccine—she said she actually feels better because she has been vaccinated to protect herself, her friends and family, and the community at large.

She further implored those who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine to follow her example and do so as well.

“Ladies and gentlemen and young people, please take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated,” she said. “Because if you care about yourself—and you want to continue to be well—and you care about your family, and your friends, and the community, you will make an effort to get vaccinated.”

Mississauga is currently in Phase 1 of the Province’s vaccine rollout plan, meaning long-term care residents, staff and caregivers who haven’t received the vaccine due to an outbreak; medical first responders; highest and very high priority health care workers; residents aged 80 and older; and Indigenous adults are eligible to get vaccinated.

McCallion is urging anyone who fits these criteria who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. “It protects you, your family, and the community,” she said.

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