Friday last day for residents of Brampton and Mississauga to be vaccinated in time for Christmas celebrations

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Published November 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Now that Diwali is over, many residents of Brampton and Mississauga are starting to look forward to the winter holidays, including Christmas.

However, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, is reminding residents that they don’t have a lot of time to get vaccinated before the holidays.

“If you celebrate Christmas, for example, you’ll need to get your first dose by Friday, and your second dose four weeks later, in order to have full protection for gatherings with family and friends by the 25 of December,” Dr. Loh said during a press conference on Wednesday (November 10).

Based on the current vaccine schedule, those who wish to celebrate with friends and family will need to be vaccinated by Friday (November 12) in order to receive their second dose four weeks later, and still allow two weeks to develop the proper immunity.

“A year later and billions of doses administered worldwide, we now have incontrovertible proof that the vaccines are safe and effective,” he said. “They have allowed us to stay open with precautions, while reducing the risk of infection and spread, and protecting against severe and fatal outcomes for individuals.”

Presently, residents of Peel Region are permitted to have in-door gatherings of up to 25 people, but masks are required as is physical distancing if not all attendees have been vaccinated.

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