News release: June 4, 2021
Early second doses for more Peel residents best defense against rising Delta variant
Brampton, ON. (June 4, 2021) – With concern due to the Delta variant growing in Peel, shortened second-dose bookings will open Monday for residents aged 70+ and those who received an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine on or before April 18. Appointments will be available Monday, June 7 at 8 a.m through Ontario's vaccine booking system or by calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).
First doses for anyone 12 and older who has not already booked are available this weekend at Peel clinics. Some pharmacies and primary care providers in the region may offer eligible residents access to their second dose this weekend if supply allows. Information is available on current eligibility and how to book second doses.
According to projections from the Ontario Science Table, the Delta variant (B.1617) will replace B.117 as the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Peel in under four weeks. In addition to vaccination, adhering to safe public health practices remains a priority for Peel in reducing transmission of all variants of COVID-19.
The Peel community has worked too hard to lose what we have regained to yet another variant. We need to move quickly to provide second doses to residents to stay ahead of the new Delta variant and prevent a fourth wave in Peel, which ultimately helps prevent a fourth wave across Ontario. Two doses of vaccine are our best defense and significantly increase protection from B.1617.
Monica Hau, Associate Medical Officer of Health
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.