Community Update November 10, 2022

  • Community Update
Dear Friends, I hope that you and your family members are doing well.

This Remembrance Week, we express our deep gratitude to all of the men and women who served, and continue to serve our country, in times of war, conflict, and peace. On Remembrance Day – Friday, November 11th – we pause to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who never made it home as well as those whose lives have been forever changed by conflict and war. Please click here to read my statement.

November 25th is Holodomor Memorial Day in Ontario. On this day, we join Ukrainian communities in this province and worldwide to remember the millions of people who suffered the devastating famine and those who lost their lives in Joseph’ Stalin’s cruel act of genocide, the Holodomor.

November 25th is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights. Since 2008, this campaign has aimed to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide. Iconic buildings and landmarks are often ‘oranged’ to recall the need for a violence-free future. So if you see orange lights, remember the meaning!

Ontario’s seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being fueled by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant. Please be aware that parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 are also eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose). For the full details click here

As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing support, or needs help booking a vaccination, please call my office at 416 281-2787 or send an email to mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

Warm regards,
Glad to be able to join OSSTF education workers & teacher delegates for their Lobby Day.
It was so great meeting all the bright Poli Sci and other UofT students interested in political engagement. I look forward to reading Prof. Vipond’s book!
NEW: The Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL); November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. The Assaulted Women’s Helpline is a 24/7 telephone crisis line that can help you look at your situation and explore the options that address your needs.  Connect with AWHL today at 1-866-863-0511, online at www.awhl.org/online-chat or follow them on social media:
https://www.awhl.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/AssaultedWomensHelpline 
https://twitter.com/awhl 
https://www.instagram.com/assaulted_womens_helpline/ 
Vaccination News in Scarborough
**REMINDER**: COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open for Children Aged Six Months to Under 5 Years – Parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).

Appointments are available through the COVID-19 vaccination portal and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating primary care providers and paediatricians, as well as at participating pharmacies and Indigenous-led vaccination clinics.

**REMINDER**: COVID-19 Paid Sick Days Extended to March 31, 2023 – The Ontario government is also ensuring workers do not lose pay if they miss work due to COVID-19 by extending paid sick days to March 31, 2023.
Eligible workers will continue to receive up to $200 a day for up to three days if they need to get tested, vaccinated, receive booster shots, self-isolate, or care for a family member who is ill from COVID-19. The government will continue to reimburse eligible employers for the paid leave days.

**UPDATE**: Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for Second Booster Shot – The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for second booster doses to Ontarians aged 18 and over in order to provide an extra layer of protection to those who may need it.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics and participating pharmacies. Appointments are based on availability, which may vary by region.For more information about the Ontario government’s announcement, click here. 

**NEW**: SHN announces VaxFacts expansion boosters for 5-11 – The Ontario government announced expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine third dose boosters for children aged five to 11. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and our Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners are pleased to share that we will be administering third dose boosters to individuals in this age group. Starting September 1, appointments for third dose boosters for this age group can be booked at www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

The Ontario Ministry of Health recommends eligible children receive their third booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose.In addition, the VaxFacts+ service has also partnered with the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario to create a dedicated stream for Black communities, and SickKids to provide focused consultation on the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding people across Ontario. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation with a physician by calling 416-438-2911 ext. 5738 or visiting VaxFacts – Scarborough Health Network (shn.ca)

**NEW**: Bivalent Available for 18+ – The Ontario government announced that the (Moderna) bivalent COVID-19 booster is available immediately for everyone aged 18 and over. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners continue to encourage all eligible community members to get their Fall vaccine booster, including the bivalent booster that protects against two strains of COVID-19 (the original strain and the current predominant strain). SHN’s Scarborough Vaccine Team is pleased to invite community members to begin booking appointments at our Centenary Vaccine Clinic by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

**NEW**: Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine for Under 5 – The province also announced it’s distributing the Pfizer vaccine across Ontario for children aged six months to under five years old. This is in addition to the Moderna vaccine available to the same age group. It is recommended for infants and children to receive the same vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – for all doses in a primary series. SHN and their SOHT partners are encouraging families to book an appointment for their children by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.