“Our Medical Officer of Health, and that group of local doctors, have confirmed they were told we would receive 5500 Moderna doses, but on January 5th it was diverted. Still, to this day they don’t know where they were sent.” – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted March 4th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Wayne Gates is keeping up the pressure on the Ford government to provide Niagarans with their fair share of COVID-19 vaccines.
“The most important issue in Niagara today is access to vaccines. We have not been spared the pain and tragedy that COVID-19 brings to communities. COVID took the lives of nearly 400 people in Niagara-a loved one in our community dying every three and a half hours at its peak,” said Gates.
“This government diverted lifesaving Moderna vaccines from Niagara, and to this day the government will not tell Niagara where those vaccines went.”
Gates told MPPs Thursday (March 4th) that just last week, the Health Minister tried to claim that Niagara received what it was promised. The Government House leader said “at no time was Niagara shortchanged of any vaccines”, and accused Gates, public health and frontline healthcare heroes of “spreading false allegations.”
Niagara Health’s Medical Advisory Committee – a group of local doctors urged, in an open letter sent to the Premier, to provide Niagara with their fair share of vaccines. They called for fairness to protect the lives of people in Niagara.
“Our Medical Officer of Health, and that group of local doctors, have confirmed they were told we would receive 5500 Moderna doses, but on January 5th it was diverted. Still, to this day they don’t know where they were sent. We have empty freezers ready for the Moderna vaccine,” said Gates.
“This government may think we will stop asking questions or speaking up if they say we got our fair share of vaccines, but it’s not accurate and we will not be silent. I’ll continue to stand with our public health and medical experts seeking fairness and answers, while standing up for my community. Let me be clear, no matter how this government tries to rewrite history; Niagara did not get its fair share of vaccines and lives were lost because of it,” he added.
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