Yvon, who was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2019, said he was overcome at seeing his grandson.
“It was emotional. I cried. I get emotional just thinking about it.”
Sébastien began his paramedic career in Prescott-Russell, then worked in Toronto for five years before returning to Ottawa about two years ago. He volunteered for the strike team because he saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It has been a cool experience,” he said. “How often does a global pandemic come around when we have access to a vaccine?”
As a paramedic, Sébastien has had training in intramuscular injections. The strike team has also had training in how COVID-19 vaccines work, reactions and side-effects. Part of the team is responsible for diluting the vaccine and drawing the doses into syringes so the doses are ready for other team members to administer.
The City of Ottawa completed first doses in all of its 28 long-term care homes on Jan. 17, with second doses completed on Feb. 5. The first doses at 37 high-risk retirement homes had been delivered on Feb. 10. First doses were completed in all 82 designated retirement homes on Feb. 23.
“It’s been great. Everyone is do excited to get this vaccine. You can feel the buzz when you arrive at the homes,” Sébastien said.
“Normally, our job is to show up at someone’s house on the worst day of their life. To show up on the best day of their life is great.”
Yvon, 88, and Madeleine, 87, met at a dance in Lowertown when they were teenagers and married six years later. They have four children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with another on the way.
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