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Peel to start offering vaccine appointments for 50+ on Friday

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm EDT

A health-care worker stands in the post vaccine waiting area at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Peel Region during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Summary

Vaccine appointments will be administered at participating hospitals, community sites and immunization clinics


Appointments can be made through the region's website or by calling 905-791-5202


Peel Region says it plans to start offering vaccine appointments for residents 50 years of age and over starting Friday.

Dr. Lawrence Loh, the chief medical officer of health for the region, said vaccine appointments will be administered at participating hospitals, community sites and immunization clinics. Appointments can be made through the region’s website or by calling 905-791-5202.

Loh said he plans to release a full schedule as to when additional age groups can expect to be eligible for vaccines on Friday.

“I want to be clear that moving quickly down the age brackets will be fastest and most effective way to ensure that we get Peel vaccinated in the least amount of time,” Loh said.

Last Friday, Peel began accepting vaccine appointments for individuals 60 years or older as well as eligible health care workers and Indigenous adults 18 years of age or older.

Loh cautioned that even if they vaccinated everyone in Peel today, it will take at least four weeks before they see changes in their COVID-19 trends.

“That means the second thing that we all need to do right now is to stay home as much as possible.”

Vaccine appointments for Ontarians aged 60 and older opened in all of the province’s public health units Wednesday morning.