November 26th Weekly Update

Published on November 26, 2021

 

 

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Dear Neighbour, 

Following Health Canada’s approval of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, this week, Ontario began administering the COVID-19 vaccine between children aged five to 11. Approximately one million children aged five to 11 are eligible to receive the vaccine which will help protect Ontario’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 and keep the province’s schools safer and open for in-person learning as more people move indoors and attend family gatherings during the colder months this winter.

To book an appointment online, children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016). You can book an appointment online by visiting www.covid-19.ontario.ca. 

Ontario is expected to receive 1,076,000 doses of the paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government, which will then be immediately distributed to public health units, pharmacies, and primary care settings across the province. Appointments across the province are expected to begin as early as November 25 when the federal supply arrives at vaccine clinics across the province.

 
The Ontario government is providing new pathways for nursing education with the launch of York University’s new stand-alone four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The new program builds on Ontario’s recent changes allowing both publicly-assisted colleges and universities to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing to increase opportunities for students to access a high-quality education. This includes stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offered at universities, colleges, and through collaborative university-college partnerships. York University previously partnered with two colleges in offering this program; now each of the three institutions offer this degree independently, providing more choice and opportunity to students.

York University will welcome the first cohort of new nursing students starting in September 2022.

Yesterday, I joined Minister Rod Phillips and Minister Stan Cho, alongside CEO of Humber River Hospital, Barbara Collins to see the progress at one of Ontario's new long-term care facility being built at Humber's Finch Campus. This is part of our government's over $2.6B plan to build 30,000 long-term care beds over 10 years.  This site will be the first to be constructed under our government's Accelerated Build Long-Term Care Homes Faster program and will be fully occupied in 2023. Through the Accelerated Build Pilot Program, beds will be available in months, not years. 
This weekend, the Jewish community celebrates one of the most important holidays: the Festival of Lights, better known as Hanukkah. Gather safely, celebrate greatly, and enjoy the time with family.

May the warmth of the joy and the sparkle of happiness bring joy in your lives and may the lights lit on your menorah illuminate each and everyone of your homes and hearts. Chag Sameach!

My constituency office is open Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by. 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
 
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
 
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