It started on April 6 when an MMF-owned pharmacy received a shipment of 100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. President David Chartrand told Global News they didn’t know the shipment was coming.
“It surprised us, just came out of nowhere,” he said, “nothing attached to it, no information. Our managers didn’t know what was going on.”
The MMF quickly booked 100 appointments for its citizens and began administering the shots on Saturday, April 17.
Chartrand says they received another 100 vaccine doses from Long Plain First Nation.
“Chief Dennis Meeches got a hold of me and said, ‘look, we have extra doses of the Moderna vaccine available if you want them.’ I said I’ll take them in a heartbeat.” A few days later, one hundred MMF citizens traveled to Long Plain to receive their first shot.
Chartrand got his first vaccine shot Saturday morning.
He says he specifically chose to take the AstraZeneca vaccine to help assuage any fears his citizens may have about blood clots.
“I know there’s a lot of fear-mongering happening out there, especially in the internet world,” he said. “A lot of people are fearful … you’re hearing about blood clots. I’m trying hard to explain … the chances of getting a clot are lower than winning the lottery a couple of times.”
To put the risk in another perspective, researchers in the United Kingdom said on Thursday there is a much higher risk of brain blood clots from COVID-19 infection than there is from vaccines and stressed that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
–With a file from ReutersView link »