MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

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Dear friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.  Starting today, those eligible can receive their 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Vaccines are safe, protect us and those around us, & reduce the burden on our healthcare system. To book your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you can visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can also receive your vaccine at one of the pop-up clinics happening now. Visit the ‘Upcoming Pop-up Clinics’ section of this newsletter to learn more.

Ramadan is this month for those in the Muslim community. Ramadan offers an opportunity for Muslims to grow spiritually and deepen bonds with those they love. I offer my heartfelt support to all those who observe the holy month. Ramadan Mubarak! Please find my greetings here.

For today’s World Health Day 2022, the World Health Organization wants to focus the global attention on the urgent need to keep our planet healthy, including all of us that depend on it.  It is important to remember that an estimated 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. 

As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If you have any concerns or challenges accessing support, need assistance applying for provincial programs, or would like 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 Hunter

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News

*New* COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for 4th dose booster- yesterday the Ontario government announced the expansion of 4th dose COVID-19 vaccine boosters.  Starting Thursday April 7, the Scarborough Health Network will be administering 4th doses.

The following groups eligible:

  • Individuals aged 60 and over (born in 1962 or earlier) who have received their 3rd does at least 5 months ago
  • First Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members who are aged 18 years and over who have their received 3rd dose at least 5 months ago

Click here to book your 4th dose appointment.

Ontario Expands Access to Free Rapid tests for the General Public- Five million rapid tests will be made available each week to Ontarians at pharmacies and grocery stores until at least the week of April 6th. Households are limited to one box of five tests per visit. There are many pick-up locations in Scarborough. Click here to find your nearest rapid test pick-up location.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Cold/Flu/COVID-19 clinic at SHN’s General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave. E.  The clinic offers assessment, testing, and care for patients who develop moderate symptoms common to COVID-19, the flu, or a cold and need to see a doctor. The clinic will operate from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week, by appointment only. Book your appointment here

Upcoming Pop-ups

Scarborough Health Network pop-up clinic for walk-ins:


Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Road 

Every Friday from 12 – 6 p.m.

  • Ages 12+ (1st, 2nd and booster doses)
  • Walk-ins welcome – no appointment required
  • Learn more at www.ScarbVaccine.ca

Additional Health Services

Parents with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children should reach out to The Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts Clinic. The clinic is here to connect you with qualified doctors who can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make the right decision. They are ready to talk, listen and help you get the facts. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation at shn.ca/VaxFacts or (416) 438-2911×5738

Homebound Sprint is a program to complete first dose vaccination for homebound Toronto residents. Adults who live in Toronto and cannot physically leave their home to receive the vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive, or psychosocial reasons are eligible for in-home vaccination. This service is accessible through primary care or homecare service provider. The Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at (416) 217-2077 or online: www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat can help if individuals do not have access to primary or homecare services.Transportation to get to your vaccine appointment: If you are a Scarborough-based senior, adult with a disability, or adult who is immuno-compromised, you can request free transportation to and from your vaccine appointment through SCHC’s Scarborough Ride. Call (416) 736-9372 or visit their webpage to book a ride. (for information about free transportation options in other parts of the City, see this press release about the vaccine transportation equity plan)

Vaccines for COVID-19 Information in 15+ Different Languages: Health Canada has translated important COVID-19 information into over 15 languages. Watch videos and download fact sheets on topics such as traveling, vaccines, and more: http://ow.ly/DI8m50EN6NC

COVID-19 Testing Sites – updated daily: COVID-19 tests are available at assessment centres, pop-up, and mobile testing facilities & pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 testing locations and eligibility, including locations of upcoming pop-up testing sites, by visiting toronto.ca/COVID19Testing.

MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE

COMMUNITY UPDATE

BGC Programs in April –  East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club has announced its April programs and workshops. They offer a variety of programs for children of all ages, adults, and seniors both in-person and online. Visit their website to find out more about programs that might be right for you https://www.esbgc.ca/.

The Progress Career Planning Institute- offers various free career development, employment, and training services often funded by either the Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Government. Upcoming events include a Volunteer Toronto Information Session, Information & Technology Trends from guest speaker Jay Allain, Service Canada Information Session, and more. See all their upcoming events and their full calendar here.

Love, Scarborough Pop-up – Scarborough Health Network Foundation is launching a Pop-up to raise money in support of Scarborough hospitals. Come to the Centre Court at Scarborough Town Centre to win prizes and buy merch! The shop will be open daily until April 10th.

Learn more at LoveScarborough.ca

Metrolinx releases new station maps for Scarborough Subway Extension – the three-stop exention shows the proposed buiding locaitons, entreances and bus terminals.  Click here to read more.

CO-OP at Metrolinx- Metrolinx recently posted Co-Op/summer opportunities for post-secondary students. If you are a student in the community seeking a placement over the summer, the closing date for some of these opportunities have already passed but many are still open. Click here for more information and find out how to apply.

UCC Ukraine Response- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is organizing a national response to the invasion of Ukraine. If you’re interested in how you may be able to help, visit https://www.ucc.ca/

Tropicana 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship accepting participants- Tropicana Community Centre is accepting participants for its 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 program, a program designed to deliver students with an understanding of autobody repair and arms them for apprenticeship on the production floor. Registration closes on April 10th. For more information on Tropicana’s Auto Body Pre-Apprentice L-1 program, click here.

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