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Ontario/Canadian-Media: An Ontario long-term care worker, Anita Quidangen, at the Rekai Centre at Sherbourne Place in Toronto, became the first person in Canada to receive her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine today shortly after 12 p.m. ET, kicking off an immunization campaign expected to last the better part of a year, media reports said.
Canada's first person Anita Quidangen receives 1st dose of Covid 19 Vaccine. Image credit: Goderich Hospital
The shot was administered at a site in the University Health Network (UHN), a system of hospitals and health-care facilities throughout the city, the exact location is not being revealed for security reasons, the province says.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses several weeks apart.
"This is a watershed moment — the beginning of the end of this terrible pandemic," Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. "The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter every day, but we must remain on our guard."
The arrival of several thousand doses Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario late Sunday night marked a major milestone in the massive immunization campaign.
Covid19 Vaccine. Image credit: Pixaby
Specifically acknowledging Quidangen, who has been a personal support worker since 1988 and often did double-shifts during the pandemic to care for residents, Ford said,
"Anita has spent years rolling up her sleeves to protect our province, and today, she didn't hesitate to find a new way to do so."
The other health-care workers to receive the first dose of vaccine today were Cecile Lasco, personal support worker, Derek Thompson, personal support worker, Lucky Aguila, registered practical nurse, Colette Cameron, registered nurse.
Speaking to CBC News Network this morning, retired general Rick Hillier, the head of Ontario's vaccine distribution task force, called it "an incredible day, CBC News reported.
"Today's milestone officially launches the first phase of our three-phase vaccine implementation plan to keep Ontarians safe and marks the beginning of the long journey to return life back to normal," he said today.
About 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are going to the UHN, while another 3,000 will go to The Ottawa Hospital.
An additional 85,000 or so doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected to by the end of the year and would be provided to 14 hospital sites in Ontario regions currently in the red and lockdown levels of the province's COVID-19 restrictions system.
Health-care workers, long-term care residents and their caregivers will be among the first to receive the vaccine, while adults in Indigenous communities, residents of retirement homes, and recipients of chronic home health-care will also be priority groups, the Ministry of Health has said.