Long-term care COVID vaccination program ahead of schedule in Brampton
Residents at Brampton long-term care homes are getting the COVID-19 vaccine faster than expected.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown says the rollout of the vaccine here has been efficient and he expects healthcare workers will beat the initial January 21 completion date as mandated by the Provincial government.
"All of Peel's long-term care homes will be vaccinated in a matter of days," Brown told inbrampton.com on Friday. "There was a goal of January 21 and we will be done well advance. That's good news as our long-term care settings will get a level of protection that they desperately need."
However, the Brampton mayor was also critical of the amount of vaccine that has been delivered and is worried about maintaining a steady flow in the weeks ahead.
"The supply is really low in Brampton and at Trillium in Mississauga," he said. "Canada's supply chain for the vaccine is week. We need the Government of Canada to get more supplies. A lot of the contracts the Government of Canada signed were focussed on quantity, not on delivery date so the vast majority of vaccines Canada expects are not coming until after April."
Brown said the spotty delivery of the vaccination has frustrated Canadians and added he would like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be more aggressive in his approach to procuring the product.
"We need it now," he said. "Our seniors need it now. We shouldn't have to wait."
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