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Tsawwassen seniors thrilled to see "light at the end of the tunnel"

Fraser Health host vaccination clinics this week at Waterford and Wexford senior living communities

A month after her 106-year-old birthday, Doreen Ferguson is celebrating again and this time she has plenty of company.

Ferguson, who also lived through the Spanish Flu in 1918, and about 100 other Independent Living residents at The Waterford in Tsawwassen received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

This comes after Waterford’s Care Centre residents received their second dose last week.

It was back in January when the seniors’ community was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that grew to more than 60 cases at one point, involving residents and staff members.

Under current provincial guidelines, residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities are able to visit with only one family member or friend

“We are over the moon!” said Janice Miller, marketing and community relations manager for Bria Communities that operates The Waterford. “Residents and staff are excited to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!”

Bria Communities also operates the nearby Wexford. The residents of that Independent Living community are expected to be vaccinated by Fraser Health staff on Thursday.

In addition, many staff members at both locations have also received their first shots.