The Region of Peel is hosting a “Transportation Weekend” vaccine clinic on July 17 and 18 to provide first and second dose vaccines to those that work in the transportation sector. This includes truck drivers, taxi and bus drivers, as well as couriers and those that work for rideshare companies as well as other company employees.
The clinic is being held at the International Centre on 6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga and will operate from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. on both days. The location was chosen due to its proximity to Highway 401 and its ability to allow truck drivers to park their vehicles.
Due to the mobile nature of their work, individuals in the transport industry have increased exposure to COVID-19. They spend long hours on the road, often doing shift work, or in the case of truck drivers, are away from home for long periods of time. These factors present barriers to these essential workers getting vaccinated.
According to Peel Public Health, between March 2020 and May 2021, there have been over 100,000 reported COVID-19 cases in the Region of Peel, and 2,000 of these cases identified as truck drivers.
Meanwhile Peel Region has delivered close to 2 million doses. With over 79 percent of eligible residents aged 18+ receiving their first dose and 55 percent aged 18+ receiving their second dose, the Region is making changes to aspects of the vaccination program.
The International Centre mass vaccination clinic will close on July 26. All other clinics will continue to operate at this time with some adjustments based on community need.
Mobile clinics and outreach efforts will continue to reach residents who have not yet accessed first doses or complete vaccination with second doses, and it is anticipated that increased focus on these efforts will ramp up soon. This includes continued vaccination of homebound residents and pop-up clinics in the community at schools and other neighbourhood spaces.
All residents who are 12 years or older are encouraged to book their first dose if they haven’t received it yet. Residents are also being asked to rebook their second dose as quickly as possible if it has been 28 days since their first dose.