For Immediate Release
April 29, 2021
STATEMENT: Mayor Crombie Responds to Province’s Accelerated Vaccine Rollout
“Today is an incredibly significant day for Mississauga, Peel Region and all of Ontario, with the Government of Ontario announcing it is accelerating the Province’s vaccine rollout.
What this means is that all adults in Ontario aged 18 and older will be eligible for a vaccine by May 24, with residents in hot spot postal codes in Peel eligible starting the week of May 3.
I want to give my sincerest thanks to Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Solicitor-General Syliva Jones and of course Premier Doug Ford. Thank you for listening to our concerns and taking action.
I also want to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada for continuing to secure vaccine supply so that all Canadians are able to get vaccinated in the coming months.
This new accelerated rollout is vital to Mississauga and all of Peel Region. We have been one of the hardest hit regions in the country since the onset of the pandemic, and we have been in extended lockdown since November 23.
Peel Region is home to an incredibly large number of essential workers, and we have known for a long time that workplace transmission is driving the virus. This new accelerated vaccine timeline will allow us to get more needles into the arms of our essential workers faster.
In addition to accelerating eligibility, the Province is also sending 50 per cent of all incoming vaccines to hot spot regions for the first two weeks of May. This is great news, but I am urging the Province to ensure Peel continues to receive a stable and consistent supply of vaccine for the entirety of the rollout, so we can continue vaccinating as many residents as we can.
The sooner people in hot spots like Peel are vaccinated, the sooner the rest of the Province can return to normal.
I’m also continuing to advocate to the Province that all of Peel Region be considered a hot spot, as only a handful of postal codes in Peel are currently not considered to be one. The reality is that our essential workplaces are driving this virus, and we have essential workers living in every corner of the Region. Making all of Peel a hot spot will help us vaccinate all of our essential workers even faster, protect all of our residents and will help make communications on eligibility requirements less confusing.
I want to again thank the Government of Ontario for implementing this accelerated rollout plan and for looking out for the health and safety of Ontarians.”