June 4th Weekly Update

Published on June 04, 2021
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Dear Neighbour, 

Happy Friday!

Today, the Ontario Government announced a further acceleration of second dose appointments. Due to an increasing supply of vaccines, the province is inviting individuals aged 70 and over, as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, 2021, to book an accelerated second dose appointment.

As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, individuals turning ages 70 and over in 2021, as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before April 18, 2021, will be eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial booking system and call centre. 

Effective immediately, these groups also are eligible to receive their accelerated second dose appointment through pharmacies and primary care settings participating in the vaccine rollout.
In alignment with NACI’s recommendation, Ontarians who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can choose to either receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine for their second dose.

Both second-dose options available to individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine are safe and provide strong protection against COVID-19 and will count as a completed series. These second dose options will be provided at the recommended 12-week interval.

Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 weeks ago and who would like their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where they received their first dose to book an appointment.

Individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and are opting to receive an mRNA vaccine have the option to schedule their second dose appointment at a participating pharmacy where the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are administered. In addition, as of June 7, 2021, individuals who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and who choose to receive an mRNA vaccine for their second dose can register for a “second dose only” at a 12-week interval through the provincial booking system

This past week, Premier Ford, Minister Lecce, and Minister Elliott announced that the Ontario government would have to make the difficult decision to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year to best protect Ontario families from the fast growing B.1.617.2 variant, and to allow for higher rates of vaccination of students, staff, and families. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safe summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year.

The health and safety of Ontario students, staff, educators and families remains a top priority. It is unknown how many new, more dangerous B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India, which has entered the province through Canada’s international borders and grew in Ontario by 600% from May 12 to May 19.

I know that many were shocked and saddened by the discovery of remains of 215 children on the former site of a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. 

To pay respect to these children, their families, and survivors of Canada's residential school system, provincial flags have been flying at half-mast since last week ordered by Premier Doug Ford, in accordance with a request made by Sol Mamakwa, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kiiwetinoong.

The residential school era is a dark chapter in Canada’s history, with Indigenous families and communities continuing to experience multi-generational trauma as a result of this terrible system. This discovery hits close to home for many Indigenous people across the country and here in Ontario who lost family and community members to the residential school system.

We continue to strengthen relationships with Indigenous partners to support healing and make reconciliation real by advancing initiatives that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Indigenous people and communities.
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.


Stay safe, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence
 
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