Third doses now going to long-term care and retirement homes in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published September 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm

A third dose of the COVID−19 vaccines is now being offered to Mississauga and Brampton residents considered most vulnerable to the virus, particularly the Delta variant.

The province recently announced it would allow people at “highest risk” to receive third vaccine shots in a bid to offer them stronger protection against the highly contagious Delta variant, which is currently spreading in several parts of Ontario.

Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie confirmed that Peel Region has begun offering the third dose to long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes, while for others, third doses will be available based on physician referral.

The news comes as Peel celebrates a major vaccine milestone: 75% of Peel residents 12 years and up are now fully vaccinated.

“If you haven’t received your 1st or 2nd dose, please do so ASAP!” Crombie urged residents.

A third-dose booster of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine — which has been a popular option for second doses in Mississauga and Brampton — will strongly boost protection against the Delta variant, Pfizer says.

Data posted online by the pharmaceutical giant, which was intended for a company earnings call on Wednesday (July 28), shows that there were significant increases in antibody levels among subjects in clinical trials who had a third dose.

With files from The Canadian Press

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