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News release: May 5, 2021

All Peel residents 18+ can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning May 6

As of May 4, in Peel Region 590,795 vaccine doses have been administered

Brampton, ON. (May 5, 2021) – As of Thursday, May 6, at 8 a.m., all 11 mass vaccine clinics in Peel Region will accept bookings for individuals who live in Peel and are 18 years of age and older at the time of vaccination.

This expansion opens eligibility for 50,000 residents who do not live in hotspots and have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated and makes all Peel residents who are 18 years or older, eligible for vaccination.

As one of the hardest hit communities in the province, this announcement extends the vital protection provided by vaccination to all adult Peel residents.

How to Book

NEW: Residents 18-49 – non-hotspot

Residents of Peel who are aged 18-49 but do not live in a provincially-identified hotspot postal code must book an appointment online using the Region of Peel’s booking system. If you need help booking, call the Region of Peel COVID-19 Vaccination Line at 905-791-5202, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

The postal codes for this booking system are as follows:

Residents 18+ - hotspot

As announced on Monday by the province, Peel residents 18+ and that live in provincially-identified hotspot postal codes should continue to use Ontario’s vaccine booking system or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

The provincial hotspot postal codes are as follows:

All residents 50+

All residents who are 50+ can use Ontario’s booking system, regardless of postal code.

Given the interest and demand to book appointments at our clinics, residents are encouraged to book as soon as possible. We ask for patience in booking as given the scale of this effort, there may be wait times to access the website or call centres. Appointments may only be available on a timeline beyond the next few days as we work to provide this protection to all of our residents. In almost all cases, the fastest way to book an appointment is online, which provides real-time availability. Appointments for all Peel postal codes can also be booked at hospital run clinics in Peel.

Adults 65 years or older and people of any age who have transportation barriers can use TransHelp, free of charge, to get to their vaccine appointment. You don't need to be a TransHelp client to use this service. Call 905-791-1015 at least 48 hours before your appointment to make your booking.

Homebound residents who live in Peel and cannot physically leave their home to receive the vaccine due to medical, social, or other cognitive reasons can complete this form and they will be contacted to book an in-home appointment.

Quotes

Now is the time for every adult Peel resident to access vaccine. We are thrilled to have vaccine supply to enhance our mass vaccination efforts and offer protection to everyone over 18 who lives in Peel Region. This is a very important step in our fight against COVID-19, as we work towards vaccinating our community as quickly as possible.

Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health

Opening eligibility to all 18+ Peel residents allows us to expand our overall Mass Vaccination Plan that includes a variety of options for vaccination at fixed clinics, primary care providers, hospital clinics, pharmacies and mobile community outreach clinics. We are continuing to work closely with the province to ensure additional vaccine supply for Peel. All residents who are eligible are urged to book their appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible – the best vaccine is the first one that is available to you.

Nancy Polsinelli, Commissioner, Health Services

Vaccination Progress in Peel Region

As of May 4, 590,795 total vaccine doses have been administered in Peel. We expect to administer an additional 125,000 doses this week alone. Peel has immunized 564,706 individuals with at least one dose; 26,089 have been fully vaccinated. In total, 40% of adults over 18 years of age who live in Peel Region have now received at least one vaccine dose.

There have been approximately 25,000 doses administered via Regional community outreach clinics, and approximately 4,000 doses administered via province-sponsored and workplace-sponsored community pop-up clinics.

The Region of Peel launched a vaccine stand-by list to ensure that any excess vaccine doses are used up at the end of the day at Peel Public Health clinics. Recently, the Region announced expanded hours at two vaccination clinics, resulting in an increase of 750 appointments per day. Operating hours have been increased in response to constant high demand for appointments from residents and to allow for additional flexibility.

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 contact

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.