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March 5, 2021
A 103-year-old Elder was among those who received a COVID-19 vaccination on the Wahta First Nation in Muskoka in late February. Wahta Chief Phillip Franks said that Phoebe Roads, who is to turn 104 on April 18, had her grandson drive her to the clinic which was held at the community’s administration centre on February 23. He added that health officials came out to the parking lot and administered the shot while Ms. Roads remained in the vehicle. He added she suffered no apparent ill-effects from the vaccine. The Chief said that he, the woman’s family and her friends were all very pleased and relieved that the respected Elder was able to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
Wahta First Nation has had three COVID cases on the territory, all occurring in January of this year. All three people have since recovered. The territory was placed in lockdown on March 1 as per the provincial gray zone restrictions which were put in place for all residents covered by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.