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News release: May 11, 2021

New COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Black, African and Caribbean residents

Peel closing in on 750,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses provided

Brampton, ON. (May 11, 2021) – Bramalea Civic Centre will be the site of a new Peel Vaxx Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic, starting May 15. The clinic will provide a positive vaccination environment to those who identify as Black (e.g., Black-Canadian, African, Caribbean, Afro-Latin, Afro-Indigenous etc.) and live in Brampton and Malton.

This clinic is a collaboration between Roots Community Services, Wellfort Community Health Services, Black Health Task Force of Peel, Black Health Alliance, Black Physicians Association of Ontario, Region of Peel Public Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health.

The positive environment involves the inclusion of Black staff and volunteers including vaccinators. The clinic will also prominently feature culturally relevant music. Community organizations will be doing community outreach to support vaccine confidence and help residents with booking.

Clinic details

Vaccine progress in Peel:

As of May 7, a total of 638,602 vaccine doses have been administered in Peel. We expect to administer an additional 150,000 doses in the coming week alone. Peel has administered a first dose to 612,128 individuals, and 26,474 have been fully vaccinated (two doses). As of May 6, 44% of adults aged 18 and older who live in Peel have received at least one vaccine dose.

We understand many people from the Black, African and Caribbean communities are hesitant and even resistant to being vaccinated. Our role is to provide factual information to help community members make informed decisions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. If they choose the vaccine, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to get the shot.

Angela Carter, Executive Director, Roots Community Services

We hope that having a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the Black community will help overcome barriers to vaccination for our community. We’re taking a hands-on approach to ensure people get what they need to be comfortable and confident getting their vaccine.

Marsha Brown, Interim Manager of Community Programs and Services, WellFort Community Health Services

The Black Physicians Association of Ontario has a mandate to offer a culturally appropriate vaccine experience for all Ontarians who identify as Black. By improving access to the vaccines, educating individuals and improving the confidence and belief in the vaccines, we can reduce the high rate of vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.

Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, Peel lead for the Black Health Vaccine Initiative

Visit peelregion.ca for regular updates on priority groups and clinic locations and follow @regionofpeel on social media for news on COVID-19 and vaccine availability.

Media contacts

Trish Krale
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.