Community Update November 4, 2022

  • Community Update
Dear Friends, 

I hope that you and your family members are doing well. 

The first week of November has proven to be a challenging one for many.

It is with deep concern and sadness that I learned of the shooting which took place in a Scarborough school earlier this week. Our schools should be safe havens, and I am devastated by this tragic incident. I extend my sincere sympathies to the families, friends and school community who have lost a loved one.

I am also deeply concerned about the rights of Ontario workers. As someone who has always supported free, fair, and meaningful collective bargaining, I find the Ford government’s decision to use legislation to impose a collective agreement to be a flagrant violation of the Charter rights of OSBCU members. Please click here to read my statement.

With Remembrance Day coming up on November 11th, we honour those who have served our country and made sacrifices so we can live free. Please join me in reflection and wear a poppy as we remember. Lest we forget.

November is Hindu and Albanian Heritage Month! Thank you to members of those communities for your contributions to Ontario’s rich cultural fabric.

November is also National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes.

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,
I was happy to attend the flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 Independence Day of Czechoslovakia.
I was pleased to be invited as one of the honoured guests at the Diwali celebration at Shree Swaminarayan Temple.
I was very excited to be part of the 2022 Afroglobal Excellence Awards.
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.