Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon aims to vaccinate 150,000 residents this week
The Region of Peel (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) is accelerating its vaccine rollout.
According to a recent news release, Peel aims to put 150,000 needles in arms the week starting May 10.
This will be the Region's biggest one-week total so far.
"This upcoming week represents the most exciting moment of our vaccination campaign to date. Our plan's next phase brings us closer to reaching our goal of having 75 per cent of residents receive their first dose. We know that stopping COVID-19 in Peel helps all of Ontario, and I encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated without delay," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, in a statement.
"We are grateful to the Province for their leadership and collaboration, and in particular for the hotspot allocation provided to us as we battle this severe third wave in our community. The additional doses we have received are allowing us to deploy planned expansions and initiatives to move our vaccination program into a higher gear."
At this pace, projections suggest that the region’s vaccination campaign will reach its target of 75 per cent first doses for eligible residents earlier than expected, while also accelerating Ontario's goal of reaching 65 per cent first dose coverage by the end of May.
The Region of Peel says it's taking the following steps to provide more opportunities for residents to get vaccinated by:
- Adding approximately 10,000 appointments per week for all residents 18 and older in Peel
- Extended hours at mass vaccination clinics
- Additional 10 community workplace clinics being launched
- Expanding pharmacy and primary care offerings in the Region
The Region says information on expanded offerings will be provided in the coming days and throughout next week.
All eligible residents of Peel born in or before 2003 who have not yet received their first dose are encouraged to book their shot as soon as possible.
As of May 7, a total of 638,602 vaccine doses have been administered in Peel.
Peel has administered a first dose to 612,128 individuals, and 26,474 people have been fully vaccinated (two doses). As of May 6, 44 per cent of adults aged 18 and older who live in Peel have received at least one vaccine dose.
There have been approximately 25,000 doses administered via Regional community outreach clinics, and approximately 8,000 doses administered via province-sponsored and workplace-sponsored community pop-up clinics.
The Region of Peel recently launched a vaccine stand-by list to ensure that any excess vaccine doses are used up at the end of the day at Peel Public Health clinics.
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