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Hamilton physician reunites with mom to vaccinate her against COVID-19

Dr. Michael Gallea hasn’t been able to hug his mother since the start of the pandemic, but got to touch her shoulder when giving her the shot.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
January 12, 2021
Photo: CBC News
Photo: CBC News

Health care workers have made so many sacrifices to keep us safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal ones. Hamilton family physician Dr. Michael Gallea works at a COVID-19 assessment centre and spends his days swabbing people for the virus. So he’s been staying 2M apart from others, including his mother, who works in long-term care. When his clinic was asked to help administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to front-line workers earlier this month, he realized that his mom would be one of the recipients, and asked to work that shift so he could give her the shot. 

It was the first time since the start of the pandemic that he’s been up close to his mother, and he says it was incredibly meaningful to touch her shoulder and to be able to provide her with “a little bit of immunity” against COVID-19. Dr. Gallea added that he hopes it gives people more confidence in the vaccine to see a doctor administer it to a parent. “I very much stand behind the vaccine to the point where I would give it to my own mom,” he says.

Source: CBC News/Twitter

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