Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown rolled up his sleeve to be inoculated against the coronavirus on Tuesday morning.
“I was very happy to receive my AstraZeneca vaccine this morning at Rexall,” Brown said in statement issued by the City.
Addressing concerns about blood clots, the Brampton mayor stated, “I’m completely confident taking the AstraZeneca vaccine because it has been approved by Health Canada and it has been given to millions of people around the world.”
Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia have lowered the age of eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 40. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Sunday that there was nothing to stop the provinces from administering CoviShield shots to Canadians aged 18 and above. Although Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca vaccines for anyone over the age of 18, the National Adivsory Committee for Immunizations (NACI) recommended it only be used for the 55+ age group. However NACI is expected to update its recommendations for usage “in people 50 years of age and older where COVID-19 activity is high and for those 40 years of age and older in areas where COVID-19 activity is very high,” according to news reports.
Saying “the first vaccine available is the best vaccine”, Brown encouraged all Bramptonians to get vaccinated when elgibile.
“Vaccines save lives. I want to protect my family and friends,” Brown stated.
“All approved COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by Health Canada on the basis of their quality, safety and efficacy. All the vaccines were proven to be effective at preventing COVID-19 symptoms, and preventing severe complications of COVID-19 such as hospitalization and death.
“After receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, you should continue to follow all public health measures, including wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and washing your hands,” the statement read.
For more information about booking a vaccine appointment, please call the provincial telephone booking system (1-888-999-6488) or visit https://peelregion.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.