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John Horgan announces plan to get AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Last Updated Apr 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm PDT

FILE -- Premier John Horgan looks on as Dr. Penny Ballem speaks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

'Let's show all British Columbians that the best vaccine is the one that's available to you now': Horgan

Horgan previously indicated he would wait until he was eligible through the age-based vaccine program

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s premier has booked his appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

John Horgan, in a tweet, announced he is getting the AstraZeneca jab which is currently available to British Columbians aged 55 to 65 at pharmacies. That effort runs parallel to the province’s age-based rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

“Let’s show all British Columbians that the best vaccine is the one that’s available to you now,” he writes.

On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry urged anyone who is eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine — which some people have been hesitant about due to a possible, but rare, risk of blood clot — to get one.

“It is a safe and effective vaccine that’s been used in millions of people around the world. If you are older than 55, I strongly encourage you to get vaccinated, as soon as possible,” she says.

Those comments came on the heels of an Angus Reid poll showing about 41 per cent of respondents would be “comfortable” accepting the shot, while 54 per cent would be “uncomfortable.” That survey also found 23 per cent of those polled said they would reject a dose from AstraZeneca if it was being offered to them.

On Tuesday, Horgan commented on vaccines, encouraging people in this province to take whichever vaccine they are eligible for as soon as possible.

“The advice I’ve been given today is that you should take the first vaccine that’s offered to you because it’s in the interest of not just yourself but your neighbours, your family, and your community. I have not yet been vaccinated. I did take advantage of the online tool, and my spouse and I registered for our age cohorts, which has not yet been called,” he said, adding it took just minutes for them to register.

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At that time, Horgan said he’d been considering whether it would be a good idea for him to get that shot, noting Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

“I was more inclined to wait my turn. But if there was a value in me getting the shot, based on advice from Dr. Henry, advice from the National Committee, I will do that in a minute,” he said.

With files from Liza Yuzda and Denise Wong