MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – London-Fanshawe’s NDP-MPP, Teresa Armstrong, calls for all long-term care residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after it was revealed that those who already tested positive will not receive the vaccine.
In a statement, Armstrong said, “Public health officials have made it clear that there is no evidence that previous infection with the virus provides immunity and without the vaccine their lives are still at risk.”
Armstrong, the official opposition critic for home and long-term care, says nursing home residents and all staff should be given priority in order to receive the vaccine.
She says she confirmed to local health officials that anyone who has already had COVID-19 and has recovered will be skipped on vaccinations.
“The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is being forced to make these impossible decisions because the distribution of doses in the province has been a mess,” added Armstrong.
“First you experience your worst nightmare after finding out that your loved one has COVID-19, and then you find out that they will not receive the vaccine. It’s horrible to even imagine that. “
During the virtual media briefing on Monday, MLHU officials said they were hoping all long-term care residents in Middlesex-London would be vaccinated by Jan. 23.