By Jewish Telegraph Agency. com —————————- Sun., Dec.13, 2020
MONTREAL (JTA) — Among the first Canadians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be residents and staff at a Jewish nursing home where dozens of residents have died of the disease.
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre could begin vaccinations as early as Friday night, according to reports in the Canadian media.
The public facility in the predominantly Jewish suburb of Cote St. Luc was made a priority because of its status as a “hot red zone,” Francine Dupuis, a Montreal health official, told the Montreal Gazette.
Family members of Maimonides residents received emails in French on Thursday notifying them of the vaccine’s imminent arrival and asking for their consent.
Joyce Shanks told the newspaper that her 81-year-old father, Harvey Stoliar, had chosen to get the vaccine.
“I told him that six weeks from now I want to say ‘you made it through the pandemic, all miracles are welcome on Chanukah,’” said Shanks, who leads an advocacy group for families of Maimonides residents.