Brampton left in the dark wondering when the COVID vaccine will arrive

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Published December 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm

No news is bad news as the Ontario government still has not made a commitment to when the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Brampton.

As the government of Ontario continues its rollout of the product to other parts of the province, it has left Brampton residents, politicians, healthcare and other frontline workers wondering why this city has been left in the dark.

In a Tweet that was reminiscent of somebody waving their arms above their head while jumping up and down, Mayor Patrick Brown desperately tried to get the attention today of the decision makers at Queen’s Park.

Still no answer.

For months, media outlets have reported a number of stories based around how Brampton has been the hardest hit area for the coronavirus in all of Ontario, if not the entire country.

Indeed, Brampton has the highest concentration of cases and the highest positivity rate for COVID-19 in Ontario.

And of course social media has been populated with theories on why Brampton continues to be ignored pointing out that racism, economics, politics and just plain ignorance is behind it. The answer may be a combination of all these reasons.

At today’s press briefing, Premier Doug Ford and his government colleagues again failed to commit to a timeframe for Brampton to receive the vaccine.

And that comes as no comfort to Brampton’s frontline healthcare workers, long-term care residents, or the thousands of people who work in the factories and warehouses that have been deemed to be essential. For them the question remains: If the vaccine is not coming now, then when? They deserve an answer.

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