Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon surpasses 1 million vaccinations
More than one million COVID-19 vaccines have now been stuck into the arms of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon residents.
The one million mark was surpassed at a point during the long-weekend and shows the vaccination program is hitting its stride after the initial rollout was slow in coming.
"There has never been a greater time to recognize the dedication of our community," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health. "Thank you to every individual who has been vaccinated or helped a family member, a colleague or friend to connect to vaccination. I'm so proud of the commitment in support of our community."
With several mass vaccination sites across Peel along with those at drug stores, pop-up clinics at schools, community centres and workplaces, among others, the program has been running efficiently say local health officials who believe that as long as the vaccine supply continues, most of the targets can be reached.
Peel is working towards achieving a 75 per cent goal of first dose vaccinations as it reaches the people who had earlier faced barriers in receiving the shot for various reasons. Now that a delivery system is in place, many believe the rollout of the second dose will be even smoother.
It wasn't always like this.
At the beginning Peel Region officials had to fight to get a large share of the vaccine as the Province at first seemed intent on spreading the medication on a broader basis throughout Ontario. However, after much lobbying and arm twisting Ontario health officials eventually started treating Peel Region as a hotspot which led to half of all vaccines delivered to Ontario earmarked for Brampton and Mississauga.
But the work isn't over.
"This milestone is also a reminder that we must continue to do our part by remaining vigilant and working together to keep each other healthy and safe," said Dr. Loh. "As part of that, I encourage anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated so we can come out on the other side of this pandemic."
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