A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted December 17th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
NIAGARA FALLS — Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates blasted the Ford Government on the situation of both COVID-19 booster shots and rapid test availability across Niagara.
“We have been in this pandemic for two years and the roll-out of these rapid tests and these booster shots might be one of the biggest messes yet – how can the Province be so far behind on this,” said Gates.
“We’ve been telling Ford to release rapid tests to the public for weeks and when he finally does it, only two locations across Niagara get them. To make matters worse, they were gone almost instantly – there were no tests available in cities like Niagara Falls or Grimsby. We need more rapid tests available and we need them in cities across Niagara, not just one city.”
Gates said his office is being inundated with calls from seniors desperate to book their vaccines before everyone 18+ becomes eligible on Monday. Residents have been trying to book appointments online and through pharmacies but have been struggling to get dates.
“How Premier Ford announced vaccine appointments without recognizing the situation here in Niagara is beyond me – he’s abandoning his duty as the Premier of all the people of Ontario. I’ve spoken to his office and the message was simple, we’re not going to stop calling until we get our fair share of vaccines,” said Gates.
Gates also sent a letter to the Deputy Premier on Monday demanding that Niagara be given its fair share of vaccines immediately.
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