Canada PM Trudeau will receive Covid-19 vaccine shot in public ‘when turn comes’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive the Covid-19 shot in public once those in his age group are in line to be vaccinated, he said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Canada began vaccinating people in high-risk categories — including frontline health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities — on December 14, with a relatively limited supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“Absolutely,” Trudeau told the CBC public network in a year-end interview. “When my turn comes, I will do it publicly and enthusiastically.” Trudeau added that he would follow the recommendations of public health experts.
“Whenever, you know, healthy adults in their 40s are open to getting vaccines, I’ll be getting vaccinated,” said the prime minister, who turns 49 on Christmas Day, December 25.
Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for the coronavirus in March, and he spent two weeks in self-imposed quarantine. He said Sunday he might have had an extremely mild case of the disease.
“It’s very possible that I caught it,” Trudeau said. “I don’t know. I was absolutely asymptomatic.”
He said doctors told him to get tested if he had so much as a sniffle, but “(I) didn’t have a sniffle.”