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Small Urban GTHA Mayors Encourage Vaccination Eligibility for those aged 15+ Across the Entire GTHA

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*Please see below a statement issued by the Small Urban GTHA Mayors.

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2021

The Small Urban GTHA mayors met today with Deputy Premier Elliott, Solicitor General Jones and Dr. Tien, Chair, Vaccine Distribution Task Force.

The Mayors discussed the fact that residents 60+ in the GTHA are now at or nearing 70% having received 1 dose vaccination and as supply has increased, the time is now to move to a much more aggressive vaccination approach that better reflects and addresses the needs of our community.

With so many of our essential workers under the age of 18 – grocery store clerks, drive through food service workers, checkout staff – it is absolutely vital that they get access to the vaccines.

Further, as eligibility criteria changes weekly depending on which region you live, it is frustrating and confusing for residents. The Small Urban GTHA Mayors have requested that the Province examine and consider changing eligibility for vaccinations and bookings to the age of 15+ across the entire GTHA starting next week. This will add clarity and simplicity to the process by which residents can get their shots.

The Mayors are thankful for the time and consideration Deputy Premier Elliott, Solicitor General Jones and Dr. Tien have taken to discuss this important matter.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
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