Brampton mayor to federal government: Where are you hiding the vaccine?

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Published April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has called out the federal government for denying there is a lack of supply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The mayor said programs to deliver the medication are now in place throughout Peel Region but can’t be carried out due to the lack of the vaccine. He pointed out workplaces have indicated they are capable of vaccinating essential workers, but the efforts are all on hold as everyone waits for supplies.

“Essential workplaces with thousands of workers are calling saying they have the physicians, we have the vaccinators, just give us the vaccine and we will get to work protecting these vulnerable workers,” Brown said on CP24 this morning. “I’m getting frustrated hearing officials in Ottawa saying that the supply issue is solved. I don’t know where they are hiding the vaccine because they are not showing up in Peel Region.”

He the situation has forced public health officials to decide whether senior citizens or essential workers get the vaccine first and who is more important, teachers or people living in hotspots.

“If we want to get this pandemic under control we have to get all of these groups vaccinated,” he continued. “I’m tired of hearing the supply issue doesn’t exist when we simply don’t have any here in Peel Region and across the province where clinics are closing because there isn’t enough vaccine.”

Brown says the lack of vaccine supply in hotspot areas such as Brampton is making it difficult to bring COVID under control and is continuing to lead to the spread of the virus throughout the province.

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