Save Max in Brampton hosts family-sized COVID-19 clinic this weekend

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Published January 13, 2022 at 11:10 am

In a video posted by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to YouTube, Tracy Akitt, an expert at McMaster Children's Hospital takes viewers through the child COVID-19 vaccination process using a mother, Jenny, and her daughter, Charlie as examples.

Parents in Brampton can get a COVID-19 booster while kids get a first or second dose at a family-focused vaccine clinic at the Save Max Sports Centre.

From 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, parents and children can get doses of a COVID-19 vaccine all at the same time in the same appointment.

The family-sized clinic is being held for one day only and is open to all Peel residents in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

“We’re family sizing vaccinations at save max for one day only and we can’t wait to see you there,” Dr. Lawrence Loh, medical officer of health for the Region of Peel, said at a press conference in Mississauga on Thursday.

Loh said vaccines are extremely effective at reducing the risk of severe outcomes when contracting COVID-19, with six times fewer hospitalizations and 10 times fewer ICU admissions among vaccinated individuals as opposed to those who are unvaccinated.

For more information on the Save Max family vaccine clinic visit www.peelregion.ca/covidvaccine or call 1-833-943-3900. You can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the Ontario vaccine booking portal system.

All Peel Public Health vaccine clinics are accepting walk-ins for first and seconds COVID-19 doses, and Dr. Loh stressed the importance of vaccinating children during as the Omicron variant of the virus continues to spread throughout the region.

“The Vaccine is safe and effective for children, and will help to reduce risk in their interactions, protecting hem from hospital as well as other rare and severe outcomes during this omicron surge and beyond,” Loh said.

With widespread Omicron transmission in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, Loh said it’s likely every resident will “confront this variant in some manner in the coming months, either directly via infection or through exposure and close contact.”

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The most recent numbers from PPH show 92.6 per cent of Peel residents over 12 years old have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 89.4 per cent have received two doses as of Dec. 31.

More than 385,000 Peel residents have received a third dose, and 88.3 per cent of people over 5 years old have received at least one vaccine shot while 82.3 per cent have received two doses.

Loh said the Omicron surge has led to a shift towards preventing severe outcomes rather than infection alone, and stressed the importance of following health and safety guidelines.

“Getting vaccinated, staying home if sick and wearing a mask remain critical as we begin what is hopefully a transition beyond the acute phase of the pandemic,” he said.

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