A new mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic has opened in Mississauga and will be capable of immunizing thousands of people per day in the coming weeks.
Located on the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, the clinic is a partnership between the school, Trillium Health Partners (THP), and Peel Public Health.
By the end of March, the clinic will be able to administer 2,000 vaccines per day, according to Trillium Health. As more vaccines become available, its capacity will increase to 4,000 doses per day.
“Clinics like this one will play a vital role in our provincial vaccination distribution plan in helping to administer COVID-19 vaccines quickly and safely to the people of Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford.
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Trillium Health said that U of T’s Mississauga campus is “uniquely resourced” to support the mass vaccination campaign. Specialized freezers, usually used for scientific research, are able to safely store the vaccines.
The clinic will administer vaccines to provincially-designated priority groups on an appointment-only basis. An online and phone-based booking system will be available in the coming week, THP noted.
Residents who are 80 years of age or older can join the vaccine waitlist on the hospital’s website. Other groups who are eligible for a vaccine include long-term care home staff and residents, hospital workers, and paramedics can also register to the list.
“THP has been one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the province throughout COVID-19,” said Michelle DiEmanuele, the President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners.
“The opening of this mass vaccination clinic brings hope for brighter days ahead.”
To date, Ontario has seen 301,839 COVID-19 cases and 6,986 virus-related deaths.