Nearly 200,000 residents of Brampton and Mississauga still need to get vaccinated to reach 90 per cent coverage

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Published October 6, 2021 at 11:41 am

About 76.4 per cent of Ontario's eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The province's science table says that needs to get to 85 per cent, and quickly. (Pexels)

According to Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, 1.1 million residents of Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon have rolled up their sleeves and gotten a COVID-19 vaccine.

However, in order to reach the 90 per cent threshold, which would allow for more relaxed restrictions, nearly 200,000 thousand residents still need to get vaccinated.

“Among eligible Peel residents, we still have 47,000 first doses, and 136,000 second doses that need to be administered in order to get to the 90 per cent coverage that has seen other countries, such as Portugal and Denmark, move beyond this,” Dr. Loh said in Mayor Patrick Brown’s weekly press conference on Wednesday (October 6).

To date, 86 per cent of Peel residents have received one dose of a vaccine, and 81 per cent of Peel residents have received both doses.

However, Dr. Loh warns that those who have not been vaccinated are still at risk of experiencing severe symptoms associated with the virus.

“That said, those who remain unvaccinated are at particular risk because the virus is still as new to them as it was in January 2020,” he said.

Additionally, due to increasing vaccine coverage, the Region’s average has dropped to 25.3 new cases per 100,000, and test positivity is at 2.5 per cent.

“I urge all of our residents, if you have not yet been vaccinated, please, reconsider,” Dr. Loh said.

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