Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, is sporting a brand new vaccination sticker.
According to a news release from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFL&A Public Health), the COVID-19 shot was administered at the Amherstview Drugs Pharmacy.
Dr. Moore received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“I feel hopeful in being part of the solution to put an end to this pandemic,” Dr. Moore said in the release. “The vaccine is safe and has been shown to be extremely effective. The benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks associated with contracting COVID-19.”
The release adds that 64 per cent of local residents aged 60-64 years have received their vaccine.
Dr. Moore explained why he’s chosen to make the type of COVID-19 vaccine he received public.
“I don’t want to ask people to do anything that I would not do myself. Hopefully getting this vaccination today at my local pharmacy will put to rest any vaccine hesitancy that has been voiced around AstraZeneca,” he said. “It is going to take some time to vaccinate all residents in KFL&A. After you have received your vaccination, continue to practice public health measures — wear a face covering, stay two metres apart from anyone outside your household, and wash your hands. Working together we can make KFL&A strong.”
This comes at a time when the KFL&A region is carrying its highest active cases number since December 2020. As a preemptive response, the region has been placed under a Section 22 Class Order, in which no one is permitted to gather with more than five people at one time — including outdoors.