Mississauga, Brampton pass 2 million COVID-19 vaccines administered

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Published July 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm

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Peel Region has administered its the two-millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The milestone number was attained on the day that Mississauga and Brampton moved into Step 3 of the Ontario’s reopening plan along with the province, which was a scenario that might have seemed removed when the cities contained hard-hit hotspots during the pandemic’s third wave in April.

The tally includes doses administered, so people who live in Toronto or other cities who got a dose at mass vaccination clinics such as the one at Paramount Fine Foods Centre are included. But Peel Public Health and its partners in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon have been flexible in order to increase vaccine uptake, offering clinics in the evening hours and also giving residents who had a Pfizer first dose the option to exclusively select Pfizer for their second dose. (Based on all reviewed medical evidence, vaccine mixing is safe.)

Other cities have struggled to increase uptake among its younger adult population who fall into the range of 18 to 39 years old. Younger adults are generally less likely to experience severe symptoms from COVID-19, but are also more likely to be asymptomatic spreaders and/or hold employment in congregant settings such as warehouses, which is a particular concern in Brampton.

As a matter of fact, though, the 18- to 24-year-old cohort in Peel Region has a higher first-dose coverage than other age group.   

There is a longer road ahead yet before the COVID-19 pandemic truly feels over, but passing a checkpoint should always feel like a win.

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