Mississauga's only COVID-19 community pop-up clinic fully booked within just 2 hours

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Seven thousand vaccine slots at Mississauga's only COVID-19 community pop-up vaccine clinic were fully booked within just two hours of registration, the organization hosting the clinic says.

The Muslim Association of Canada's vaccine pop-up was one of two announced in Peel Region Tuesday, set to run from April 30 to May 11. The other is being hosted by the Brampton Islamic Centre.

The goal of the clinics was "to boost the vaccination efforts within the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan," Peel Region said in a news release. Together, the two clinics were supposed to administer 14,000 doses of vaccine over a two-week period.

But within the first two hours of booking, all of MAC's available spots were completely full, prompting questions about about a second batch.

"It is obvious that there is high demand for vaccination and more supply is still very much needed," MAC said in a statement to CBC News. The organization said a second batch of appointments was posted on the Peel vaccine booking website Tuesday, but that those appointments too seemed to fill up right away.

'It's not about hesitancy'

When it comes to what the bookings say about the concept of vaccine hesitancy among various communities in Peel Region, the organization said, "It is not about hesitancy, it is more about education, effective promotion and confidence building to be able to reach different communities."

"This partnership at the MAC ICCO pop-up vaccination clinic between community organizations, public health and the province is a good solution," it said.