Peterborough’s political leaders urge province to increase vaccine supply to region

City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien and Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones issue joint statement

Residents 80 years of age and older receiving their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the COVID-19 immunization clinic at Evinrude Centre in Peterborough on March 21, 2021. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)
Residents 80 years of age and older receiving their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the COVID-19 immunization clinic at Evinrude Centre in Peterborough on March 21, 2021. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor / kawarthaNOW)

City of Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien and Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones have jointly called on the provincial government to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the Peterborough region.

“This stay-at-home order is a critical time for us to ensure we have the vaccine supply we need to meet the month end target of having everyone over 60 vaccinated,” reads the statement, which was issued on Thursday (April 8) — the same day the province’s third state of emergency went into effect, including a four-week stay-at-home order.

“Right now, we don’t have enough allocated for our area to meet this target,” Therrien and Jones add, pointing out the area needs more than 10,000 doses to meet the goal of vaccinating everyone over the age of 60.

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The statement notes the percentage of older people in the Peterborough region is eight per cent higher than the provincial average, and also mentions the high level of variants of concern in the region.

Therrien and Jones also point out a large number of visitors come to the area every weekend during spring, adding “This puts our residents and communities at risk.”

“We are so glad to see our community embrace the vaccine and have a very low rate of vaccine hesitancy,” the statement reads. “Help us help them!”

The statement concludes with a request to the provincial government “to support our residents and businesses as we eventually can open back up and welcome visitors back to our area.”

A copy of the complete statement is provided below.

PDF: Joint statement from City and County of Peterborough – April 8, 2021
Joint statement from City and County of Peterborough - April 8, 2021

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