April 23rd Weekly Update

Published on April 23, 2021
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Dear Neighbour, 

On Tuesday, the Ontario Government lowered the age eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to those aged 40 and up. And on Wednesday, an agreement was reached to see those vaccinations offered on a 24/7 basis. 

In partnership with the Ontario government, a total of 20 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies will offer the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to individuals aged 40 and over, starting as early as April 21, 2021. Appointment availability will be dependent on the supply of the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine. 
Three local Shoppers Drug Mart locations have been included in the 24/7 vaccination effort, including: 
 
1500 Avenue Road
2345 Yonge Street
770 Lawrence Avenue West
 
When the province begins to receive more vaccine supply from the federal government, we will expand 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations to additional locations.
 
I got my first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, and I encourage everyone to get the first vaccine offered to you when you become eligible.  To see other pharmacies administering the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
In addition, starting today, pregnancy has been added to the list of highest risk health conditions covered by Phase Two of Ontario’s vaccine rollout.

If you are pregnant, vaccine appointments can be scheduled through the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488, or directly with an Ontario Health Team or Hospital through VaccineTO.ca
Permanent Holocaust Memorial on the grounds of the Assembly
Earlier this month, we marked Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day, where we remember the six million who perished at the hands of the Nazi regime. This inspired my private member's motion, which was unanimously passed in the legislature Monday, calling on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to establish a permanent Holocaust Memorial on the grounds of the assembly: 

That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should, in broad consultation and direct engagement with Ontario’s Jewish community, establish a Holocaust memorial on the grounds of the Assembly no later than 2025.

A permanent memorial on the grounds of the legislature will establish a place for all of us to remember and reflect on the horrors of the past, and to resolve, Never Again.
At a virtual announcement this morning, alongside Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Trustee Maria Rizzo, and TCDSB officials, the Ontario Government announced a substantial investment for a major retrofit to Dante Alighieri Academy Catholic Secondary School, which will be converted to a new elementary school with child care rooms, Regina Mundi Catholic School. A new building will be constructed as the new location for Dante Alighieri CSS. 

The $43.5 million investment will improve the learning environment for the students of North York, as well as new child care rooms in the elementary school. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.
My constituency office is open for appointments only. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.


Test Negative, Stay Positive,
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence
 
To book a COVID-19 vaccination, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488
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