Most Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon COVID-19 vaccine clinics booked until February

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Published December 21, 2021 at 8:35 am

Expanding the COVID-19 booster shot eligibility has led to a shortage of appointments at vaccination clinics in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

Peel Public Health (PPH) said there’s an “overwhelming demand” for COVID-19 shots and most fixed vaccination clinics in the Region are fully booked for people 18 and older through to the end of January.

There are still appointments available for 5 to 11 year old’s if parents and guardians are looking for appointments over the winter break.

“We appreciate that the demand for vaccinations at this time is high and Peel Public Health are working hard to continue to add more appointments and are asking residents for their patience,” PPH told insauga.com.

The province expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine third dose booster shots on Monday, with anyone over the age of 18 able to book an appointment through the province’s vaccine portal.

PPH said there were over 52,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Peel during the last week, which was 20,000 more doses than the previous week.

This includes approximately 5,700 booster shots each day.

More than 125,000 third dose appointments were booked across Ontario by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, and some social media users reported long wait times in the province’s virtual booking que.

Many Brampton residents said they were struggling to secure appointments.

PPH asked residents for patience as new appointments are brought online and urged everyone to treat clinic staff respectfully.

As of Monday afternoon, PPH data showed 91.7 per cent of Peel residents over 12 years old have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 88.2 per cent have received two doses.

Some 86.4 per cent of people over 5 years old have received at least one vaccine shot, and 81.2 per cent have received two doses.

There were more than 250 new COVID-19 cases in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon on Monday as the province recorded more than 3,000 new cases across Ontario.

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