Niagara's top doctor calls on province to allow public health led COVID-19 vaccination campaign


Niagara' top doctor is calling on the province to prioritize long-term care residents with a public health led COVID-19 vaccination program.

To date, Niagara still has not received any of the vaccines allocated to Ontario.

Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji reports 33 long-term care and retirement home residents with COVID-19 have died over the past two weeks.

He calls it 'deeply disappointing' that Niagara is not being seen as a hotspot to receive the vaccine that could 'stop this tragedy.'

Hirji claims Niagara Public Health is able to achieve near 100 percent influenza vaccination within long-term care facilities every year and says they could do the same for COVID-19 vaccinations.

St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens is backing Hirji and has asked the Ford government to work with Public Health to create a plan. 

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