Oldest person in Canada gets her COVID-19 vaccine


Published March 13, 2021 at 10:50 pm


A very noteworthy COVID-19 vaccination has taken place today, according to a recent tweet from Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Phyllis Ridgway, who is Canada’s oldest person at 114 years old, received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Sunnybrook today (Saturday, March 13).

Phyllis was born in 1907 and just celebrated her 114th birthday earlier this week on March 10.

“This is the best birthday I’ve ever had,” Ridgway said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also took to Twitter to congratulate her on getting her vaccine.

“What a touching moment — thanks for sharing this good news with us all. And to Phyllis, happy belated birthday! We’re so glad you got to celebrate this way,” Trudeau said.

Mississauga’s former mayor Hazel McCallion, who turned 100 in February, also got her first dose of the vaccine earlier in March.

Some family doctors in Ontario including Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton will start administering COVID-19 vaccinations today.

The doctors are getting a limited number of doses — some 29,500 shots — but that could increase as more vaccine shipments arrive.

With files from The Canadian Press

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