Peel Region residents aged 50 and over can start booking their COVID-19 vaccine appointments this week

Beginning Friday, residents of Peel born 1971 and before can begin reserving their vaccines at participating hospitals, community sites and mass immunization clinics.

Peel Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Lawrence Loh made the announcement Wednesday morning during Brampton’s COVID-19 update

“I want to be clear that moving down the age ranges quickly will be the fastest and most efficient way to ensure that we get the Peel vaccine as soon as possible,” he said.

Loh added he would release a full schedule for when each age group can expect to be vaccinated until mid-May at a regional council meeting tomorrow.

Last Friday, Region of Peel and Toronto lowered their vaccine eligibility age to 60 and over, while the provincial vaccine booking portal just opened appointments for this age group today. in all public health units using the provincial site

Meanwhile, pharmacies across the province started offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 injections to people over 55 last week, and some family doctors are also reaching out to patients 55 and over to book vaccinations. / p>

While Peel’s goal is to vaccinate residents as quickly as possible, Loh said the impact of vaccinations alone would not be fast enough to fight the third wave of the virus.

“Even if we were to vaccinate everyone in Peel today, we still wouldn’t see any changes in our trends for more than four weeks,” he said

“This means the second thing you all need to do now is stay at home as much as possible Again, reduce contact and interaction with people outside your household And if you have to meet, do it virtually or stay outside, at a distance, and always wear a mask, and don’t meet if you’re not feeling well “

A four-week, province-wide emergency brake stop went into effect on Saturday, banning the opening of indoor restaurants, gyms and personal care services

Yesterday, the province released more details of its plan to roll out phase two immunization to immunize people aged 50 and older in some hot spot communities across the province.

Although Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown praised the hotspot plan, he reiterated the need to vaccinate essential workers to protect them and reduce outbreaks in the workplace

“My plea is that we need to use this time now during this lockdown to vaccinate our essential workers, because the same old approach doesn’t work, to think we can continue the same slow approach, and things will be different, a month. from now on it will not work, ”he said at a press conference

As of April 5, the Region of Peel had administered more than 203,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since their availability in mid-December

Personal support worker Michael Gellizeau receives Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Toronto and Peel region continue to be blocked THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette

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