Niagara NDP MPPs Wayne Gates and Jennie Stevens questioned Ford this March 30th, 2021 on the persistent issues Niagara’s seniors are facing
“Yesterday (this past March 29th) the premier (Doug Ford) stood in Niagara and said anyone over 70 could simply call and get a vaccination appointment. Well if we spoke to residents he would know that all day they were struggling all day to get appointments.” – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates.
A News Release from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party
Posted March 30th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
QUEENS PARK — Niagara NDP MPPs Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) and Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines) questioned Doug Ford Tuesday on the persistent issues Niagara’s seniors are facing as they try to use the provincial booking portal to get the vaccines they need to protect themselves and others.
“As you were taking a victory lap inside one of Niagara’s vaccination clinics, my office was busy answering dozens of questions as to why there were not enough appointments available for seniors over 70 and why the province’s program had glitched, again,” said Stevens to Ford during question period Tuesday at the Ontario legislature.
Stevens told MPPs at the legislature that just one of the issues was that the Niagara Region had no advance warning from the province that they would be allowed to give vaccines to residents over 70, which meant a delay for seniors to get access to appointments on the booking system.
“While you were on a photo-op inside of our vaccination centre, outside that centre there was still work to do,” said Stevens.
Gates pointed out that seniors in Fort Erie were told less than 24 hours before their vaccinations that they had been overbooked because of a glitch and their appointments cancelled. The problem had been raised with the province 10 days earlier, but wasn’t fixed. Seniors were then rebooked at sites outside of Fort Erie that forced seniors, many with mobility issues, to find transportation to get to their vaccine appointments.
“Yesterday the premier stood in Niagara and said anyone over 70 could simply call and get a vaccination appointment. Well if we spoke to residents he would know that all day they were struggling all day to get appointments,” said Gates.
“Pharmacies are still just waiting for the doses they need to begin saving lives in our region. The people of Niagara have already dealt with their Moderna vaccines being diverted. When will the premier stop pretending the vaccine rollout is going smoothly in Niagara and take action to protect residents?”, asked Gates.
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