‘Vax To School’ fast line added for Mississauga, Brampton COVID-19 vaccine clinics

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Published July 20, 2021 at 11:41 pm

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Peel Public Health has added a ‘Vax To School’ fast line for youths and their families over the next two days.

The public health unit for Brampton and Mississauga, citing a goal to aim for for 100 per cent COVID-19 vaccine coverage among youth by the time school is in come September, is trying to speed up the process for youngsters. On Wednesday and Thursday (July 21 and 22), youth and families who walk in at any Peel Public Health clinic may present themselves at the front of the line with proof of age, which will allow them and their parents to to skip the line. 

Youth aged 12-17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only product approved for use in this age group. Accompanying parents and caregivers can get an mRNA vaccine that is available at the time. Both Pfizer and Moderna may be available.

Children will need to receive their second vaccine no later than Aug. 24 to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school. Full coverage against COVID-19 comes two weeks after the second dose. No vaccine has been approved for use in children who are under 12 years old.

Peel Region has 70.4 per cent first dose coverage among youth age 12 to 17, with 40.2 per cent having received a second dose.

Ontario’s science advisory table on Monday recommended that schools should stay open in September and that “school closures, or transition to an online learning model, should not be used as a public health measure for pandemic control.”

During the third wave of COVID-19, Peel Public Health ordered schools in Brampton and Mississauga before a decision came from the Progressive Conservative government and Education Minister Stephen Lecce. Lecce has yet to release a back-to-school plan for September.

Peel Public Health also says it has youth-focused appointments on the following dates and times at specific clinics:

  • July 23-25 at 10 Peel Centre Dr. from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • July 24-25 at International Centre (6900 Airport Rd.) from 1 p.m.  to 8 p.m.
  • July 27 at Lincoln Alexander Secondary School (3545 Morning Star Dr.) from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • July 29 at David Suzuki Secondary School (45 Daviselm Dr., Brampton) from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • July 30-31, Aug. 1 at 10 Peel Centre Dr. from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • July 31 at Judith Nyman Secondary School (1305 Williams Pkwy., Brampton) from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Bookings for these clinics can be made through the Region of Peel website.

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