No questions asked, illegal immigrants, refugees can be vaccinated in Mississauga and Brampton


Published March 30, 2021 at 4:33 pm


No matter what their immigration status is, Mississauga and Brampton residents can get the COVID-19 vaccine if they want it.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has maintained that COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to everyone in Canada for whom it is approved and recommended for use.

Which applies to all persons in Canada whether they are citizens or not.

Mass vaccinations will help move us past the pandemic and Peel Public Health, when asked whether illegal immigrants can get the vaccine, echoed the PHAC message that local residents can receive their dose when they meet the eligibility requirements.

“Yes, refugees are able to receive the vaccine as long as they meet the eligibility requirements (age priority groups, etc.),” Peel Public Health told “Anyone who can and want to receive the vaccine will get it when they are eligible.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has also said those wanting to get the vaccine can get vaccinated.

“There is no exception to the rules,” Crombie told Khaled Iwamura, Insauga founder and editor in chief. “You just call and make your appointment. Nobody asks your immigration status. I think they do ask your postal code.

The Mississauga mayor said if people call Trillium Health Partners or Peel Public Health they’ll probably ask for your postal code.

“But I believe we don’t turn people down,” she said. “I know that to be true, because I know people in Peel and people in Halton have called pharmacies in Toronto that were 60-plus that wanted the AstraZeneca vaccine and no one was questioned.

“We don’t question people. You want the vaccine, you’ll get the vaccine if you qualify.”

Currently eligible residents to get vaccinated in Peel Region include:

– Long-term care residents, staff and caregivers who haven’t received the vaccine due to an outbreak

– Medical first responders

– Highest and very high priority health care workers

– Adults 70 years of age and older (born in or before 1946)

– Essential caregivers/residents at congregate settings

– Indigenous adults.

– Health care and health-affiliated workers

– Congregate living for seniors

Appointments can be made via

If you require assistance booking your appointment, those who are currently eligible can call the Region of Peel COVID-19 Vaccination Line at 905-791-5202, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Appointments can also be booked at the William Osler Health System and Trillium Health Partners.

There will be no walk-in appointments.

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