Vaccinations are doing what we expected: Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown

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COVID-19 rates continue to fall and vaccinations continue to rise and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown knows that isn’t a coincidence.

“Vaccines are doing exactly what we expected. They are working. They are protecting the public,” he said as his weekly news conference broadcast live on the City’s Facebook page.

Brown said there continues to be an encouraging picture in Peel Region.

“High vaccination rates continue to create a safer environment. I am encouraged the vaccination rate, especially among second doses, continues to climb. That is leading to fewer COVID cases. I believe the positivity rate in Peel is only one per cent.”

There are only four COVID-19 patients in Brampton Civic Hospital and only one person in ICU.

Brown, who has been at the forefront of encouraging the province to ease certain restrictions he feels were too restrictive, has a new target.

“The medical advice is clear. In indoor settings, we’re going to have a mask mandate for quite some time. Outdoors, however, is relatively safe.”

Brown wants the province to take a closer look at some of the rules that exist around outdoor mask wearing, including things like spectators at children’s sports fields and large outdoor spaces like the Brampton Farmers’ Market.

“We have a flag raising at City Hall, in a huge space and usually only a few people come, but we’re still required to masks.”

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