Premier Ford tours new Mississauga mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic as more than 1,000 new cases reported in Peel

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Published December 24, 2021 at 1:17 pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford tours a new mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the International Centre in Mississauga on Dec. 24, 2021.

Premier Doug Ford toured a new mass vaccination clinic at the International Centre in Mississauga on Friday as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon were over 1,000 for the second day in a row.

Peel Public Health (PPH) said there were 1,058 new cases of the virus recorded on Fridayin the Region of Peel, down from 1,077new infections on Wednesday.

PPH said 607 of the new cases were reported in Mississauga, 360 were in Brampton, and another 91 cases were in Caledon and other areas.

The new clinic is part of a push by the province to ramp up Ontario’s delivery of vaccines, and will be able to administer approximately 19,000 vaccinations per day.

Mississauga Hospital’s vaccine clinic is also reopened and taking appointments only from people to get their third dose of vaccine.

The most recent numbers from PPH show 91.8 per cent of Peel residents over 12 years old have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 88.4 per cent have received two doses.

Some 86.7 per cent of people over 5 years old have received at least one vaccine shot, and 81.4 per cent have received two doses.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario jumped to over 9,500 on Christmas Eve, shattering a single day case count record set just one day earlier.

The Ministry of Health says the province’s intensive care units continue to remain stable, but it’s expected the number of admissions will rise in the coming weeks as the Omicron variant spreads, particularly among the unvaccinated.

The province urged Ontarians to “celebrate safely” and get vaccinated during the holiday season.

Last week, the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said the province was on track to record 10,000 cases a day by January.

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