Battle River-Crowfoot Member of Parliament, Damien Kurek, received his first COVID-19 vaccine dose this past week.
“Like many Canadians, I have been waiting patiently for the eligibility to get my jab. As soon as that was expanded by the Government of Alberta, I signed up,” MP Kurek stated in response to getting his vaccine.
Canadians are tired of COVID-19: from the restrictions and health measures that have affected all of us, to the devastating economic impacts that have been faced, to how this virus has dominated conversations and headlines for more than a year.
MP Kurek also stated, “While vaccines are not, nor should they be, mandatory, they are an important tool that will help Canada move forward and get back to normal.
Although vaccine procurement and availability have faced frustrating delays and setbacks, it is encouraging that provincial resources are ready to get shots administered as they become available.”
It may be difficult to be optimistic with all the challenges we face as a region, province and country, but we can look forward to the future because of the resilience of Canadians.
Kurek felt it was important to share his vaccine story to help address some of the hesitancy that exists. He joins millions of Canadians and other politicians, including Leader of the Official Opposition, Erin O’Toole, who were eligible a number of weeks ago. O’Toole stated after getting his vaccine, “Getting vaccinated helps protect everyone, puts our economy back on track, and brings us back together.”
Finally, MP Kurek stated, “With recent expansions in vaccine eligibility, I encourage everyone who is willing to sign up and push back against COVID.”