Community Update October 28, 2022

  • Community Update
Dear Friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.

I was very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Scarborough North Councillor Cynthia Lai. I met her at many events during her time as city councilor. She served her community with passion and dedication. May she rest in peace.

I’d like to congratulate all the elected municipal representatives. 

This month is also Korean Heritage Month, a chance to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our local Korean community to our Ontario’s multicultural fabric. To all those celebrating, happy Korean Heritage Month.

I’d also like to wish a Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas to all those who celebrated this week.

As Halloween is coming up, I would like to wish all residents a fun and safe Halloween, with no tricks and lots of treats.

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,

Mitzie

Mitzie on the Move

Wearing my purple sweater for #DressPurpleDay. Today we raise awareness to the role individuals and communities play in helping children, youth and families face challenges & stand in support of the vulnerable.
Had a great time at the SCHC Seniors Active Living Fair!
Loved having many people come out at the Kiwanis One Day event!

Community Updates

NEW: Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Free Tutor Program – Is your child having difficulty with English, Math, French or a subject in the Sciences? Then BGCES has a solution for you. Raise the Grade is NOW OPEN for Registration. The program offers academic support in the form of homework help and tutoring, career and post-secondary exploration, youth engagement and mentoring. They have qualified tutors from Monday to Thursday weekly at the MAAT Youth Innovation & Cultural Centre to help your child increase their test scores and prepare them for the next stage in their academic career. All students in Grades 7 – 12 are welcome and for more information please contact Shameune Matthew at smatthew@esbgc.ca. If you would like to set your child up for success, then please use this link to register: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=PG5y-CFZdUypbLdtDsJB_v7geblI85NEnnRksFL8arpURElTNjRDOEhUMFE0UDhSUTY1TU9TUFU1WC4u
NEW: Legislative Page Program: Spring 2023 Recruitment – The recruitment period for the spring 2023 session of the Legislative Page Program is now open until November 30th, 2022. Each year, high-achieving, community-oriented Grade 7 and 8 students from across Ontario are chosen to serve as Legislative Pages. This unique opportunity in Toronto allows selected students to become involved in Ontario’s parliamentary process, meet key figures, and make lifelong friendships with like-minded peers. More information can be found on the website at the following link: https://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn/programs/about-page-program 

Keeping Scarborough-Guildwood Safe

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.