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First long-term care resident in Fraser Health gets COVID-19 vaccine

Last Updated Dec 24, 2020 at 6:22 pm PST

FILE -- A nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, England, on Dec. 8, 2020. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Frank Augstein, Pool

A resident at a care home in Abbotsford became the first senior in long-term care to be vaccinated in Fraser Health

8,178 people have been immunized in B.C. so far, the majority of whom are healthcare workers

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Seventy-seven-year-old Andy Yoon became the first resident of a long-term care home in the Fraser Health region to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

Video shows an emotional Yoon getting the shot at his Abbotsford care home.

“I’m very happy,” he says fighting back tears.

“I was waiting.”

Healthcare workers erupt in cheers after Yoon gets his first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

In their Christmas Eve update, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix said 8,178 people have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the province so far, the majority of whom are healthcare workers. That update also showed the Fraser Health Region continues to be the hardest-hit by both new cases and outbreaks in care homes.

Yoon’s vaccination comes the same day Canad received its first doses of the Moderna vaccine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the first part of the 168,000 doses arrived Thursday, a day after Health Canada approved the company’s vaccine. The rest of the order is expected by the end of the month.

Canada is set to get a total of 40 million doses of the vaccine from the manufacturer.

With files from Kathryn Tindale