New shuttle service will bring people to vaccination clinics in Mississauga
The Region of Peel (which is comprised of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) is partnering with MiWay to bring people to a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga.
Starting Monday, April 19, the Region and MiWay will launch a round-trip shuttle providing non-stop service from Mississauga's City Centre Transit Terminal to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre Sportsplex Vaccination Clinic as part of Peel's Transportation Assistance Program (TAP).
According to the Region, the shuttle will run approximately every 40 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week.
Clinic and shuttle hours of operation are subject to change.
"I'm thrilled the Region of Peel and MiWay are working together to offer this important shuttle service to those who need it," said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement.
"This third wave of COVID-19 is hitting Mississauga and Peel Region harder and faster than the previous two, and we are committed to finding new ways to get people vaccinated quickly and safely so we can stop the rampant spread of this virus in its tracks."
The new shuttle is a three-week pilot project that will remain in service from April 19 to May 9 with the possibility of extension. The Region says Brampton residents currently have frequent transit service from Bramalea City Centre to its largest vaccine clinic.
A MiWay fare is required to ride the Paramount Vaccine Clinic Shuttle. Customers can use PRESTO or a paper transfer to board and transfer between different buses on MiWay, or to transfer to public transit in neighbouring cities. With PRESTO, a rider's transfer is active for two hours from when they first tap their card on the bus.
Residents who wish to take a shuttle to the clinic must book a vaccination appointment first (walk-ins are not accepted at mass vaccination clinics at this time). Anyone who boards a MiWay vehicle is required to wear a mask or face-covering.
"The Region is delighted to work with our local transit partners on this initiative to reduce transportation barriers and get residents vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly and safely as possible," Brian Laundry, Mass Vaccination Plan Co-Lead, said in a statement.
"Accessible and convenient transportation options are key to achieving our goal of vaccinating 75 per cent of Peel's population against COVID-19."
For transit service information residents can visit miway.ca/shuttle.
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