Door-to-door approach will be used for vaccinations in Mississauga, Brampton as clinics close

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Published July 21, 2021 at 1:48 am

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A targeted and possible door-to-door approach will be used to reach areas of Mississauga and Brampton where vaccination numbers have fallen behind.

Specifically, neighbourhoods in Malton, Cooksville, the Dixie-Bloor community and downtown Brampton will see pop-ups, mobile units and even door-to-door delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine if people are housebound or unable to get to a clinic.

“These are the communities that are most vulnerable, these are the five priority zones,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We are going to go to the areas where it’s needed.”

Crombie said the shift in strategy to target areas is necessary since the mass vaccination sites across Peel Region are closing as a large number of people in other neighbourhoods have turned out to get vaccinated.

She said the targeted areas are those that generally are home to Canadian newcomers and foreign students who may have not turned out to the mass vaccination sites for a variety of reasons including language and cultural barriers.

Along with the clinics, Crombie said primary care providers and pharmacies will also become more involved in providing the vaccine to people in these targeted communities.

She said a door-to-door approach is also being looked at for the housebound or people living in large, high-rise buildings where the direct approach may work best.

“Whatever we can do to get that last batch of people vaccinated, that’s what we’ll do moving forward,” she said.

(Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg)

 

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