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Weekly Update for May 28, 2021

Ontario Accelerates Rollout of Second Shots Targeting a Two-Dose Summer

Individuals 80+ can book an accelerated second dose appointment starting Monday at 8:30am. 

Ontario has reached a key milestone in its fight against COVID-19, having achieved its target to administer first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over ahead of schedule. Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31, 2021. If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.

To support this accelerated rollout, the province has developed an anticipated schedule for eligibility to accelerate second doses based on confirmed supply. This will begin with individuals turning 80 and over in 2021, who will be eligible to book their second dose appointment expected to begin on May 31, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., followed by individuals aged 70 and over scheduled to begin the week of June 14, 2021. The province will then continue to expand eligibility for second dose appointments based on date of first dose. Ontario will further accelerate the rollout of second doses in the event that the federal government confirms increased vaccine deliveries.

Ontarians who have had their first dose and are eligible for an accelerated second dose may be able to return to the same site or channel where they received their first dose for their second dose appointment, or may choose to book an appointment at a different site or channel. Second dose appointments can be rebooked through the provincial booking system and through pharmacies. For those who booked via York Region Public Health or who received their doses from the primary care provider or through a pop-up clinic, more information will follow on how and when second dose booking and rebooking will be available. Second dose appointments can also be booked (without a first appointment) in the provincial booking system.

Ontario has already begun offering second doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at an accelerated pace with a 10-week interval for individuals who received their first dose between March 10 to March 19, 2021. Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will be provided at a 12-week interval, dependent on vaccine supply, with booking eligibility based on the date of the first dose. Eligible individuals are encouraged to contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose to book an appointment. They might be redirected to a local pharmacy that is participating in administering second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Primary care settings and pharmacies may also be reaching out to eligible Ontarians. 

Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000217/ontario-accelerates-rollout-of-second-shots-targeting-a-two-dose-summer

Province Safely Reopening Outdoor Recreational Amenities Prior to End of Stay-at-Home Order

Due to the continuing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures to date, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the province reopened outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, such as the need to maintain physical distancing. These amenities include but are not limited to golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks.

Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events have been expanded to five people, which allows these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. 


Learn more: 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000161/ontario-releases-three-step-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-the-province
Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Reopen

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. 

This Roadmap represents a path out of the pandemic and will encourage Ontarians to get vaccinated and to continue following public health advice.

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

  • Step One: An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Two: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Three: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
Significant progress against COVID-19 has enabled the government to allow the provincial declaration of emergency and Stay-at-Home Order to expire on June 2. Public Health restrictions will remain in effect until the province is ready to enter Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. Based on current trends in key health indicators, the province expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm timelines closer to the expected start of Step One.

For more details, including the sector by sector re-opening plans, please visit: 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1000159/roadmap-to-reopen
First Dose Vaccine Eligibility Extended to 12+ Provincewide
 
As the pace of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to accelerate, the government has extended booking eligibility at mass immunization clinics to individuals aged 12 and over.

Individuals aged 12 and over across Ontario are eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, or directly through York Region Public Health.  To book an appointment online, these individuals must already be 12 years old as of the date of their booking.

Ontario is also continuing to expand access to the vaccine through a variety of channels. 


For more information and to book, please visit:

www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine. 
Ontario Keeping Seniors in Long-Term Care Homes Cool this Summer

Residents in long-term care homes across the province will be able to keep cool this summer due to improved regulations and investments in air conditioning by the Government of Ontario.

On April 1, the Government of Ontario updated regulations under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, which require designated cooling areas of all homes be served by air conditioning and be maintained at a comfortable level during specified periods and which will enhance the effectiveness of enforcement. These new regulations came into effect May 15, 2021 and all 626 long-term care homes in Ontario are in compliance. In comparison, last year nearly 13 per cent of long-term care homes had no air conditioning at all.

In addition to ensuring designated cooling areas in all long-term care homes, homes have made significant progress in exceeding the regulatory requirements by providing cooling throughout their buildings, including in resident rooms. Currently, 60 per cent of homes are fully air conditioned, including in all resident rooms, compared to 42 per cent last summer. An additional 23 per cent of homes are working toward being fully air conditioned as soon as possible.

Learn more: 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000204/ontario-keeping-seniors-in-long-term-care-homes-cool-this-summer

Constituency Office Services
 
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver's Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction.

As a result of the Stay-at-Home order, my office is currently closed. However my staff remain avaliable to respond to your inquiries via phone or email.

Should you require any assistance, please email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org or call 905-642-2588. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.


To reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario, a number of provincially-issued documents have extended expiry dates until further notice. Please click here for further information. 

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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