International Centre in Mississauga to prioritize vaccine appointments for education and child care staff from tomorrow

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In a scramble to help education workers get immunized before in-person school resumes on January 17, Ontario is prioritizing appointments for them at a mass vaccine clinic in Mississauga from tomorrow.

“Starting tomorrow, these staff in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area will have planned access to vaccines at the International Centre in Mississauga as we work with all other public health units to urgently set up more clinics across Ontario,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce said in a statement.

The provincial mass vaccination clinic at the International Centre will support priority booking for education staff, including educators, custodial staff, administrative staff, and school bus drivers, and child care staff.

The clinic will operate seven days a week, with specific appointments being made available for education and child care staff from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Eligible staff are encouraged to book their appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

The province says it will be providing N95 masks to individuals working in child-care settings starting January 10, as well as changing rapid antigen test eligibility rules. Rapid tests are currently difficult to come by.

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