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Registered nurse at long-term care home in Mississauga is first person to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Peel region
“This milestone marks a positive and welcome turning point for long-term care and I am proud to have rolled up my sleeve not only for my health, but also for our residents, family and friends,” said Bella Rego, registered nurse at the Camilla Care Community long-term care home
Rego said she had witnessed the devastating toll of COVID-19 on her residents and colleagues in the first wave She also tested positive for the virus in April and was in isolation at home for a month before be allowed to return to work
“Considering what we’ve been through, the heartbreaking things we’ve been through, this was the most important to me,” said Rego
Rego was immunized Monday at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, one of the first hospitals in the province to distribute the vaccine
Trillium Health received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine on Monday morning Health workers in long-term care homes in Peel Region will be first to be vaccinated
“As we now find ourselves in a second wave with increasing numbers, we know there is still a lot of work to be done, but today gives much needed hope for clearer days to come,” said Dr Dante Morra, who is the Chief of Staff of Trillium Health Partners
Trillium Health is one of 17 hospitals the province announced on Friday that will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks
“It is truly an honor for Trillium to be a designated hospital to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in this community,” said Michelle DiEmanuele, hospital president and CEO.
“This vaccine represents not only a positive change in the course of the pandemic, but what can be achieved when partners from all health systems, levels of government and community come together”
The first 6,000 doses of the vaccine received by the province were sent to the University Health Network of Toronto and the Ottawa Hospital last week According to the Department of Health, more than 3,400 frontline health workers have been vaccinated
After receiving the vaccine, Rego was greeted with applause as she left the hospital to return to work
“It just gives me more hope and faith to go back to work with them,” she said. “I think I’m covered and that reassures me a lot”
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