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GTHA Mayors and Chairs welcome lower age eligibility for vaccines and request additional supply to accompany demand

HAMILTON, ON - Today, Mayors and Chairs from the 11 largest municipal governments across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area held their regular weekly meeting to discuss the ongoing response to COVID-19 across the region.

The GTHA Mayors and Chairs want to thank all those who worked over the weekend to vaccinate as many people as possible. Vaccine clinics and mobile pop-ups helped achieve vaccine dose administration records in hot spot areas across the GTHA. These efforts are playing a vital role in getting as many residents vaccinated as quickly as possible with the vaccine supply we have available.

Starting tomorrow, residents 18+ across the province will be eligible to register to get vaccinated. While we welcome this news, we know this will create increased demand for vaccine appointments and require additional supply of vaccine from the provincial and federal governments. The Mayors and Chairs thank the federal and provincial government for their earlier work securing and distributing vaccines to hot spot areas in the region and we commit to administering as much additional supply as they can provide.

Since the last meeting between GTHA Mayors and Chairs, the province announced the extension of the Stay-At-Home order until June 2. We do believe this was the right decision to make as we continue to see higher case counts. The extension allows municipalities to continue moving forward in their vaccine efforts while working in tandem to bring down case counts and stop the spread of the virus. We want to thank residents who continue to do the right thing by following the public health guidelines.” 

“The extension of vaccination eligibility for everyone age 18 and above is welcome and an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. This will mean increased demand for the vaccine and therefore the need for increased supply. We appreciate all the efforts by the federal and provincial governments in providing vaccines and Hamilton is ready to administer all the vaccines that they can supply.”  

- Mayor Fred Eisenberger