A steady stream of seniors from all over Niagara flowed into the NOTL Community Centre last Friday where public health nurses gave them their third shot, a COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Inside, public health staff gave patients the choice of receiving either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. They also did brief education sessions about the merits of each available booster and answered questions about side effects and other concerns.
Four vaccine stations were set up in one of the centre's meeting rooms and the line moved quickly. After receiving their booster, all patients had to stay in the clinic and wait 15 minutes in case of any immediate adverse reactions.
“I’m so grateful. Terribly grateful,” Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Syme Jago said as she headed in to the centre for her third shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
“I think it’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”
Jago also called out anti-vaxxers for exacerbating the pandemic.
“If everybody got (vaccinated) then we would be fine,” she said. “It’s the people that aren’t getting it that are making it dangerous for everybody else.”
People afraid of mRNA technology don’t realize it has been under development for decades and is not a new or rushed vaccine technology, Jago said.
It’s “been in development longer than the polio vaccine, and we all know how effective the polio vaccine has been,” she said.
Jago said people should see COVID vaccines for what they are: miracles of modern science.