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TORONTO – Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole defends one of her candidates who visited a long-term care home after only receiving a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thursday, Michelle Ferreri, Conservative candidate in Peterborough-Kawartha, tweeted a photo of her speaking to voters at the Princess Gardens Retirement Residence in Peterborough, Ontario.

On Saturday, O’Toole was asked if he thought it was acceptable for candidates who were not fully vaccinated to meet with potential voters.

“We need to increase this vaccination rate. These are personal decisions, but they are critical decisions, ”said O’Toole, during a campaign stopover in Whitby, Ont.

“We also have a campaign rule that people will use daily vaccines and tests, along with all other masking and distance efforts to keep people safe in a fourth wave pandemic campaign.”

O’Toole, a strong supporter of COVID-19 vaccines but who is against vaccination mandates, also doubled the importance, safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

“I encourage everyone to get the vaccine – the first dose and the second dose – and we will need boosters over the next few months,” O’Toole said, before criticizing Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau for have called the federal election. during a pandemic.

CTVNews.ca has contacted Ferreri’s campaign for comment. Ferreri’s campaign manager Mike Skinner told MyKawartha.com on Friday that she had only received one injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, but was undergoing rapid tests daily.

Numerous studies have shown that two doses are the most effective in preventing the serious consequences of COVID-19.

When asked a second time to O’Toole if he thought Ferreri’s activity was acceptable, he reiterated that “we will follow all measures, including vaccines, daily rapid tests, masking and social distancing to keep people safe. It’s not just an expectation, it’s a commitment that all of our team members have to keeping people safe.

The Peterborough-Kawartha riding is in high demand, with Ferreri hoping to oust Liberal incumbent Maryam Monsef. The constituency is also a strong constituency with the party winning the constituency to form the government in all but one election in the past 60 years.

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