Wikwemikong Nursing Home among first to receive COVID vaccine

The residents and staff of the Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Manitoulin Island are the first in the Sudbury District to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with other homes on the Island expected to follow quickly.

Wiikwemkoong Chief Duke Pelter says he is pleased the facility is among the first in the north-east to receive the vaccine adding all residents and staff have now been inoculated.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe says she is also thrilled with the news adding other homes are completing the paperwork for the imminent arrival of the vaccine.

Other long-term facilities on Manitoulin are expected to receive the vaccine by early next week.


photo: It is with great honor that Donald Fisher has been selected as the first recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine for our region.

Donald Fisher, commonly known as Scotty, in the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, is a 94-year-old WW2 veteran who served in the 1st Canadian Airborne Battalion.

He is an elder who takes pride in fluent Anishinaabemowin, and as a knowledge keeper for his community.

Donald attributes his health and longevity to a healthy diet, exercise, and the support of family, friends, and community members.

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