The Liberal MP from British Columbia began to experience symptoms earlier this week, shortly after receiving the first dose of a vaccine. He is the first MP from British Columbia to publicly report that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
His wife also contracted the virus. They are currently isolating themselves at their home in Dawson Creek.
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“We are all currently self-isolated and currently everyone is doing well. It came as a shock to all of us as we followed all public health guidelines, such as physical distancing, wearing masks and avoiding gatherings indoors, ”Bernier wrote on his Facebook page.
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“As many of you may have seen on social media, I was vaccinated the week of April 26. 19-22. “
In mid-April, the province announced that Dawson Creek had the highest rate of COVID-19 per capita in the province and made the community a priority for immunizations. The city had an infection rate of 552 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Bernier is the Liberal finance critic for British Columbia. Bernier was the Minister of Education for British Columbia from 2015 to 2017.
Bernier says he will spend time with his family as he struggles to recover from the virus.
“I want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. I caught the virus by following all the protocols. The vaccine – any of the vaccines available – provides an additional layer of protection. It helps us all get back to normal life, ”said Bernier.
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