Olympic hockey gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser gets COVID-19 vaccine in Guelph

Canadian Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser received the COVID-19 vaccine in Guelph this week. She's in the city as part of her medical school training.

'Science is incredible,' Wickenheiser says in social media posts

Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser received her COVID-19 vaccine in Guelph on Tuesday. Wickenheiser, who is in medical school at the University of Calgary, is doing a rotation in Ontario hospitals. (Hayley Wickenheiser/@wick_22/Twitter)

Canadian Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser received the COVID-19 vaccine in Guelph this week.

The four-time Olympic gold medal winner is in the city as part of her medical school training. Wickenheiser, who is working towards becoming an emergency room physician and who is in her final year of medical school at the University of Calgary, is in Guelph as part of a core rotation in Ontario, which is part of her training. She applied to be part of the rotation in 2019.

Wickenheiser took to social media to talk about getting her first dose of the vaccine.

"It's amazing to think it's been about a year since we heard about COVID-19 and already we have a vaccine. Science is incredible. Scientists and laboratory technologists are some of the greatest heroes of this pandemic," she wrote on Facebook.

In a tweet, she also posted a University of Waterloo graphic debunking myths about the vaccine.

A statement from Pandemic Solutions, a medical consulting company Wickenheiser helped form last year, says she was called with other health-care workers to get her COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

"She happily obliged, then shared her experience," the statement said.

Early in the pandemic in March 2020, Wickenheiser also tweeted about working in health-care while doing rotations in Toronto and the experience of being involved in the care of a young airline pilot who was severely hypoxic and had to be intubated.

On March 17, Wickenheiser tweeted about how she was surprised the Olympics were moving forward and called the move "insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity."

That message resonated with Team Canada officials, who announced they would not take athletes to the Olympics. On March 24, the International Olympic Committee announced the Games would be postponed until 2021.

In April 2020, she started a campaign to gather personal protective equipment and received help from Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. She received thousands of donations, including a donation of 27,095 masks from one individual.

"It blew up, thanks to Ryan for sure and 35 million Instagram people," Wickenheiser said at the time.

Ryan Reynolds gives Wickenheiser high praise


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Actor Ryan Reynolds assisted in amplifying Hayley Wickenheiser's call for medical supplies for front-line health care workers. 1:42


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