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News release: December 23, 2020

A turning point: COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Peel

December 23, 2020, (Brampton, ON) – With the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine at local hospitals, the start of this week marked a turning point in Peel’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

On December 21, a nurse from Camilla Care Community, one of the most impacted Long Term Care homes in Peel, was the first person to receive the vaccine in Peel. Since then, Trillium Health Partners and William Osler Health System have started to administer their first doses of the vaccine to priority roups identified by the provincial government.

A Region of Peel COVID-19 Task Force will collectively plan and implement a systems-level approach for mass immunization. With additional doses of the vaccine coming, the initial roll-out will aim to quickly provide the vaccine to the most vulnerable in our community and those that serve them. The province has indicated that all eligible Ontario residents should have access to a vaccine by the end of 2021.

“The arrival of the vaccine represents a significant milestone in our community. I am grateful for the continued collaboration between Peel Public Health, our hospital partners and Ontario Health Central Region. I look forward to working with many other health sector and community partners in planning the next phases that will protect our community.

Remember, a vaccine cannot protect you if you have not received it. Until immunization is more widespread, it is critical for Peel residents to continue to practice the Core Four actions of distancing, masking and hand-washing with any interaction beyond one’s household and self-isolation and getting tested if sick.”

– Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel – Public Health

Vaccination is one of the most effective measures to prevent disease and protect the community, and we expect that the COVID-19 vaccine is no different, but it is crucial to continue to stress that a vaccine is not a solution on its own. Continuing to adhere to precautions and limit spread will ensure the vaccine roll-out will succeed in bringing control of COVID-19 in our community sooner.

Media contact

Ashley Hawkins
Communications Specialist - Public Health
Region of Peel

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