March is International Women’s Month, and this week kicked off in a big way with Monday, March 8th being International Women’s Day! The theme for 2021 is choose to challenge.
This week we have seen the GTA move back into the Grey Zone, following the colour-coded reopening framework. With stores, businesses and restaurants reopening their doors to customers, and with warmer temperatures finally here, there is reason for optimism. Most importantly, we continue to see progress being made with each passing day of the vaccine rollout, as increasing numbers of our most vulnerable residents are vaccinated.
While the arrival of more vaccine supply and the approval by Health Canada of a fourth vaccine gives us even more to feel good about when it comes to the struggle with COVID-19, we need to continue to work together to keep our safe practices and habits in place in order to prevent community spread COVID-19. The new variants of the virus pose a very real threat to residents, and we must all stay alert. I am therefore asking that you all continue to do your part to keep our community safe and strong.
As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing support, please call my office at 416 281-2787 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE
Scarborough Health Network Opens Vaccine Clinics for Over 80
The big news this week is the launching of vaccine clinics in Scarborough! As a first step, the SHN opened up pre-registration for residents aged 80 and older on Monday, March 8th. Then, a registration portal for residents in the 80+ age category was launched to directly book a vaccination appointment. Vaccinations in Scarborough are currently being administered at the Centennial College and Centenary Hospital sites, and, as more vaccine supply arrives, hours will be extended and additional clinic locations will be up and running.
More Information About When You Can Get Vaccinated
The vaccine rollout in Scarborough is based on the Ministry of Health’s prioritization framework, which indicates who is eligible to receive a vaccine. You can review the full details of the Ministry’s prioritization framework, including role definitions for Highest Priority, Very High Priority, High Priority, and Moderate Priority.
Toronto Public Health and health sector partners in Toronto are now vaccinating priority group residents (this includes people over 80) using the vaccine provided directly by the province. Registration information for those eligible to be vaccinated by health sector partners can be found online at www.vaccineto.ca or by contacting the call centre at 1-888-385-1910.
Starting today, select Ontario pharmacy locations are registering people aged 60-64 for AstraZeneca vaccine appointments as part of a pharmacy pilot program.
Click here for the pharmacy locations in Scarborough.
Online Booking System and Call Centre
On Monday, March 15, the Province is launching the new province-wide online booking system and call centre. The City of Toronto will move to the new province-wide system, with online bookings continuing to be made through the link on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 and the added option of booking by phone through the provincial call centre. Eligible seniors who prefer to book by phone can do so when the provincial call centre is activated on Monday.
Three Mass Immunization Centres
Toronto residents 80 years old or older can now register to be vaccinated at one of three city-run mass immunization clinics opening Wednesday March 17th. People born in 1941 or earlier (people who are turning 80 in 2021 or who are 80 or older now) will be able to attend the three mass vaccination clinics, which will be operating from March 17th to April 11th, seven days a week, between 11am and 8pm.
Registration is available at www.toronto.ca/covid-19. Look for a dark-blue “Register” button in a grey box at the top of the webpage. Booking by phone will start Monday. The phone number has yet to be released.
The clinics are located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at 255 Front St. W., Scarborough Town Centre at 300 Borough Dr., and the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.Starting Saturday, Toronto primary care providers will also be contacting their eligible patients aged 60-64 to see if they would like to book appointments to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Primary care providers will not be taking appointments by request, but will be reaching outto their eligible patients. Stay tuned for details from your primary care provider if you are eligible. More details about this can be found on Ontario’s vaccine rollout website.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Pfizer guaranteed delivery of at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week starting later this month and lasting into early May. The updated delivery schedule is set to begin March 22 and run to May 10.
Last week, Ontario announced that it will extend the interval between doses of COVID-19 vaccines to up to four months after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization panel recommended doing so.
To read more about the vaccines and Ontario’s vaccine rollout plan, click here.
Three Regions Change Framework Levels
The Ontario government is moving three public health regions to new levels in the revised and strengthened Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, including moving Lambton Public Health into Grey-Lockdown. Decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions.
Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications.
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province will adjust capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies held in regions currently in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework. Beginning Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies will be permitted to allow up to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors, or up to 50 people outdoors.
SHN Telephone Town Hall
Scarborough Health Network is hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Monday, March 15 at 6:00pm. Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO of SHN, along with members of their Senior Leadership Team and Physician Leaders, will be taking questions and discussing the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be calling community members throughout Scarborough between 5:50 and 6:00pm on March 15. To ensure you receive a call, please register with your phone number here.
East Scarborough Storefront Reopening
East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.) will be re-opening their building in a limited way starting Wednesday, March 17th, 2021. They will be open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm. For more details click here.
Please note: The first hour of the day (10am-11am) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs.
MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE
Mitzie has been hard at work at Queen’s Park representing Scarborough-Guildwood and advocating for further protections for the community.
We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch by responding to this email or 416 281-2787!