Christine Elliott, Ontario’s health minister, received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on camera Monday morning.
She got her first dose at a Toronto pharmacy shortly after 9:15 a.m.
“Please go and get a vaccine,” Elliott urged after getting her shot. “Any one of the ones that are approved by Health Canada are fine. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca which I received today, and the J & J vaccine.”
“I certainly want everyone who can receive any one of the vaccines at the appropriate time to do so.”
Last week, Elliott said she was going to take the AstraZeneca shot on camera to encourage others to get the vaccine due to hesitancy and negative reports of blood clots surrounding it.
The health minister is eligible to receive the vaccine due to her age as those 60 and older can get the AstraZeneca shot at pharmacies in Toronto.
“Even if you’ve had your first vaccine it’s still really important to follow the general public health advice. People still need to maintain physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands frequently,” she said.
Elliott said she will be getting her second dose in about 12 weeks.
— with files from The Canadian Press.