- Premier Doug Ford of Ontario toured a new mass vaccination clinic on Christmas Eve to speed up boosters in the fight against the Omicron variant.
On Christmas Eve, Ontario Premier Doug Ford toured a new mass vaccination clinic to speed up boosters in the fight against the Omicron variant.
The International Centre in Mississauga, open seven days a week, can administer 19,000 doses per day.
Ford stated that the province is increasing the number of shots to reach a goal of 300,000 doses per day. On December 22, the province announced that 253 000 doses had been administered.
“I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season, and we’ll get through this together.” From inside the clinic, Ford said, “God bless everyone.”
The majority of the clinic’s slots are reserved for appointments, but there are a limited number of walk-in spaces, resulting in a long line of people waiting outside for hours.
“It’s chaotic, but I think we all need to be patient; we’re just lucky they’re here, and we have access to them,” said Ajet Grober, who arrived at 7 a.m. to wait.
Some people expressed their dissatisfaction with the cold and suggested that a proper warming area be provided.
Many people in line said they first went online to make a reservation but then decided to take a chance and get the shot sooner.
“All I wanted was to get something done sooner.” Sue Kohli explained, “I have an appointment that is a long way away, but I just wanted to make sure I could get something sooner because things are getting worse by the hour.”
As the number of cases in Ontario rises to over 9,500 on Friday, many people feel the need for more protection.
“We just gave it our best shot because we have appointments in January and February.” As he waited in line for the booster, Alex Chan said, “We’re trying to get it as soon as possible to defend the Omicron.”
While some early research suggests that the Omicron variant is milder than other COVID-19 variants. Experts are wary of what this means for individuals and the pandemic’s next steps.
“If this turns out to be a less virulent version of the virus, that would be incredible.” On the other hand, we see a huge number of reported cases, and we know those numbers are way off,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist in Toronto.
Source: CBC News
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