Long-term care worker receives Barrie’s first COVID-19 vaccine

"I volunteered," said local LTC worker after receiving Simcoe Muskoka's first shot

Barrie’s first COVID-19 vaccination has been administered.

Lori Black, a personal support worker from the Barrie long-term care home Victoria Village received her first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the newly established vaccination clinic Tuesday morning. She told Barrie 360 she wanted to be first in line. “I volunteered,” she said after getting her shot. “My manager was going around, talking to coworkers about volunteering for it and I just said that I would volunteer to be the first one. And so here I am.”

While Black is the only one in her household to get the shot, she says there’s no hard feelings. “My family’s actually very supportive. They were very happy that I was being the first to get this done,” Black said. “I mean, eventually, we’re all going to be getting it anyway. But I just happen to be one that can get it done sooner. And they were very, very supportive of that.”

To top it all off, Black says she barely felt the needle. “The flu shot hurt more than this did. I really didn’t feel this one at all.”

Hers is the first in a massive inoculation effort being overseen by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the first of three phases expected to take until the Spring. It is anticipated the vaccine will be made available to the broader public around April, depending on consistency of supply to the region.