COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - January 14th

Dear friends,

Earlier this week we reached a new milestone in our third dose booster shot campaign — more than one million third doses have now been administered to Torontonians. 

When eligibility expanded less than a month ago, Team Toronto worked through the holidays to rapidly scale-up vaccination capacity and accelerate third doses. We’re off to a great start, but we must continue to push harder. 

If you’re eligible and haven’t yet received your third dose, please do so as soon as you can. There are many options for getting vaccinated in our city.

Alongside our work to increase overall capacity, we are also continuing efforts on the ground to increase vaccine confidence and access in neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates. 

Team Toronto won’t slow down until every resident, in every part of our city can get vaccinated and be protected. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Team Toronto Working to Rapidly Increase Third Dose Uptake in Neighbourhoods with Lower Vaccination Rates
  2. Continuing to Accelerate Vaccines for Kids and Education Workers
  3. City of Toronto 2022 Budget
  4. Pop-up Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10 – Get Your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Dose
  5. Love Park - Progress Update
  6. TTC Virtual Town Hall on Fare Policy
  7. Resources for Small Businesses

Team Toronto Working to Rapidly Increase Third Dose Uptake in Neighbourhoods with Lower Vaccination Rates


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Getting vaccinated shouldn't depend on your postal code or economic status. In this vaccination campaign we truly are all in this together, and that means ensuring every resident in our city can get vaccinated and be protected. 

This week we announced a number of new measures to accelerate third dose uptake in targeted neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates:

  • Hyper-local vaccination clinics: Team Toronto is bringing vaccines directly to Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) buildings. Third dose clinics began in December at 24 TCHC buildings. Another 73 buildings are already scheduled for January and February. Dedicated teams will conduct building outreach in the days leading up to the clinics, including door-knocking.
  • Focused school-based clinics: With 244 clinics already held since November, Team Toronto has another 27 school-based clinics in focused neighbourhoods scheduled specifically for 5-11 year-olds, their family members, education and child care staff.
  • Dedicated appointments and clinics for focused neighbourhoods: Team Toronto community and healthcare partners are allocating vaccine appointments for people who live in focused neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates. 
  • Extensive community-based outreach: The City of Toronto has invested $6 million to extend into July 2022 the work of 155 community agencies and 410 community ambassadors in conducting on-the-ground outreach to help residents in targeted neighbourhoods access vaccinations.
  • Special event vaccination clinics: Team Toronto will host special event vaccination clinics for focused neighbourhoods and communities. A dedicated clinic for Black, African, and Caribbean communities will be held at the Jamaican Community Association Centre on January 16. The recently announced Vax The Northwest clinic will happen on January 23.

From the very beginning, our priority at the City of Toronto has been to put equity front and center in our pandemic response. This includes our vaccine campaign. Our work on the ground to increase vaccine confidence and access won’t slow down until every resident, in every part of our city can get vaccinated. 

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Continuing to Accelerate Vaccines for Kids and Education Workers

Vaccines are critical to safe school reopening. That’s why Team Toronto is continuing to hold targeted vaccine clinics for students and education workers to help support the return to in-person learning.

Last weekend, more than 1,100 education and child care workers were vaccinated at dedicated clinics at our City-run mass immunization clinics, and another two dedicated clinics are being held on January 16. 29 school clinics will be held in under vaccinated neighbourhoods, with 11 of the clinics happening over just 3 days from January 13-15. 

Since November when kids’ vaccines were approved, Team Toronto has hosted more than 250 school clinics. As of January 14, we’ve reached 49% of all Toronto kids ages 5-11 with at least their first dose. 

With schools preparing to reopen on Monday, we will continue to scale up these efforts even further.

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City of Toronto 2022 Budget

The proposed 2022 Budget for the City of Toronto has been presented at the Budget Committee, launching the annual process of deciding how and what city services will be funded for the next year. You can find the presentation and more information at: www.toronto.ca/budget

Since early 2020 when the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Toronto, our City has been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Our tireless staff have been working non-stop for months, ensuring the safety of essential services, supporting our most vulnerable neighbours, and running a world-leading vaccination effort that every Torontonian can be proud of.

But this pandemic has tested our city like never before. To come out of this stronger than ever, we need support.

Toronto is facing a significant budget shortfall again this year due to the pandemic. Cutting programs and services, at a time when people need them most, is not an option. That's why we need our partners at the federal and provincial levels to step up and commit to dedicated funding for our city's recovery.

At its core, the annual budget debate is about people. Decisions made during the budget process immediately affect how we live in our city; how we care for and support our neighbours who need help the most; how we interact with our parks and greenspaces; how we get around – whether on foot, bike, transit or car.

In this budget, we need your help to ask critical questions – are we building a fair and supportive city?  Your voice is a vital part of the 2022 budget, and I want to hear from you about your priorities. I encourage you to write to me at [email protected] and learn more about how to formally participate in the process so that the mayor and all councillors hear from you before the final City Council vote in late February.


Pop-up Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, 627 Queens Quay West
Mondays, 4pm-8pm
Saturdays, 12pm-4pm
Open to ages 5+ (must have turned 5)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses
View flyer for full details

Trinity Community Recreation Centre, 155 Crawford St
Every Tuesday – Beginning January 25 until March 29
2pm-6:30pm
Open to ages 5+ (must have turned 5 yrs old)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses
View flyer for full details


Canoe Landing Community Centre
, 45 Fort York Blvd – Room 3
Every Thursday – Beginning January 27 until March 31
4pm-8pm
Open to ages 5+ (must have turned 5)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses
View flyer for full details


Love Park - Progress Update

The brand new “heart” of our waterfront is now coming into view from a birds-eye perspective. Under construction where the loop ramp from the Gardiner Expressway used to stand, Love Park is transforming the corner of York Street and Queens Quay.

Learn more about this exciting new waterfront park here.


TTC Virtual Town Hall on Fares

The TTC has been working to develop a 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook since 2020, including research and analysis, and consulting with customers and the public. A project report will be brought to the TTC Board in February. 

A virtual town hall is being held to hear from riders. Learn more and find the Zoom link here.

  • Date: Wednesday February 2, 2022 
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Join by phone: 647-374-4685
  • Zoom ID: 616 7443 0748

Resources for Small Businesses

Sign up for BusinessTO News, a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, changes to City services, resources, and economic support. 

More information is also available on the City’s COVID-19 webpage for businesses and organizations.