Peel Region residents, small businesses, healthcare and food supply workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic for over a year. They have been living and serving in the communities with the highest COVID numbers in the country and yet the vaccine distributions are not be targeted to these areas. THIS MUST CHANGE!!
I fully supported and seconded the motion below. I also called our MPP, Hon. Sylvia Jones to ask for her help and influence at the provincial cabinet table to address this disparity. If a house is on fire you don’t send the fire trucks to a house two streets over, we need more vaccines in the areas of rapid spread and we need them NOW.
Please add your voice to ours by asking the Province to address this immediately. The sooner we get more vaccines in the arms of Peel residents the sooner we recover.
Whereas, Peel Region has approximately 20 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, but only 10 per cent of the province’s population;
And whereas, as of March 17, 2021, Peel had only received 7 per cent of provincial allocation and have currently been allocated approximately 9 per cent, which is still below the expected 10.6 per cent, if distributed by population according to the latest Statistic Canada estimates;
And whereas, it is widely acknowledged that focusing vaccination efforts on high incidence areas like Peel is in the best interests of the entire province;
Therefore be it resolved that the Region of Peel request that the Ontario Government ensure vaccine distribution is ethical, strategic and fair;
And further that the Regional Chair write a letter, on behalf of Regional Council, to the Premier, the Minister of Health and Peel MPPs to advocate that a proportionate share of vaccine be provided to the Region of Peel immediately.
Take Care, Allan