Niagara Centre MP takes Minister to meet Port Colborne pharmacist

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Published July 21, 2021 at 4:10 pm

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As the federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement – the person quite literally tasked with securing tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccines for the entire country – Oakville MP Anita Anand and the federal government left it up to the provinces to determine how best to get those shots into the arms of their constituents.

At this point, Anand has, no doubt, visited dozens of vaccination clinics during Parliament Hill’s summer break to thank countless professionals and volunteers.

When she visited Niagara Region two days ago (July 19), Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey made sure she got a chance to meet a Port Colborne pharmacist doing his part to give his community, well, many shots in the arm.

He took her to Port Colborne Matheson Pharmacy to meet the owner, Gary Matheson so Anand could hear first-hand the role local pharmacies had played in the fight against COVID-19.

On his social media, Badawey noted, “With more than 45.4 million vaccine doses having been administered to Canadians already, Matheson Pharmacy and other pharmacies have played an integral role in keeping Canadians safe, making vaccines more easily accessible, and building vaccine confidence in our communities.”

He added, “Because of their tireless work, Canada is that much closer to finishing the fight against COVID-19 and making sure that all Canadians who want the vaccine can receive both doses by September.”

As of yesterday (July 20), 70.7 per cent of Canadians have received their first dose while slightly more than half – 51.7 per cent – are now fully vaccinated.

(Photo courtesy of Vance Badawey Facebook)

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