Kids 12 plus vaccination rollout expected in Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario Thursday

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Published May 19, 2021 at 12:36 am

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Vaccine rollouts for children 12 to 17 years of age in Mississauga and across the province are expected to get the go-ahead from the provincial government on Thursday, insauga.com has learned.

With Health Canada having recently approved the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine for children ages 12 and up, Ontario and other Canadian provinces and territories have been left with the decision of when to start getting the shots into the arms of young children.

With millions of vaccines being delivered weekly to the country and numbers nearing 60 per cent of all adults in the province having already received at least their first dose, the province is expected to give the go-ahead for children later this week.

“Thursday there’s going to be a big announcement. That’s the rumour,” Crombie told insauga.com’s Khaled Iwamura. “Who knows, but there’ll be a big announcement on Thursday about opening categories.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford had recently said that youth 12 to 17 will be able to book an appointment for their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine beginning May 31, but insauga.com has learned the timeline is being pushed up with the combination of Health Canada’s approval and news that another 3.4 million doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive in the country ahead of this long weekend.

“It’d be a big stretch to open it further, but wait until Thursday there might be announce announcement,” Crombie hinted.

When asked to confirm the announcement is regarding the go-ahead for children 12 to 17 start receiving doses, the Mississauga Mayor said to wait and see.

“There might be clarity later in the week,” she said.

The Mississauga Mayor was in a good mood with news of COVID-19 cases dropping in Peel Region and across the province. Recent numbers show Mississauga at 170 cases per 100,000 people. That’s down from 240 cases per 100,000 the week before and 280 two weeks ago.

“It’s a pretty significant drop,” Crombie said.

The COVID-19 “R” factor (number of people that one infected person will pass on coronavirus on average) is also down to .76 from .9 last week and .97 the week before.

Caledon at .66 and Brampton at .87 have also shown great improvement. 

Signs that the current lockdown and rollout of vaccines are working.

“Everyone is doing good,” Crombie said.

Crombie says it’s important Mississauga and Peel Residents continue book appointments as soon as possible.

“Please, if you haven’t been vaccinated make your appointment,” she urged. “There are appointments available and lots and lots of choices now.”

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