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.
Long term care residents have started receiving their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Fraser Health. Watch here: pic.twitter.com/UWsV8mipnq
— Fraser Health (@Fraserhealth) December 24, 2020
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