COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - June 3

Dear friends,

Our campaign to get Toronto vaccinated keeps moving forward. Over 70% of adult Torontonians have now had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and as a result, new daily case numbers in our city are moving in the right direction. 

Efforts are also underway to provide vaccinations for young people. In just a couple of weeks, more than 45% of youth in Toronto ages 12 - 17 have gotten their first vaccine shot. I want to thank all the young people and their families who are taking action to protect themselves and their communities.

This is great progress by our Youth Vaccination team, which is led by Toronto Public Health, SickKids Hospital, and our health care and school board partners. But we're not done yet – we'll keep scaling up with targeted outreach and partnerships. And from June 14 - 28, we're launching a two-week youth vaccination push, with appointments at our City-run clinics reserved for young people. I look forward to sharing more details soon. 

Vaccines are how we reach the day when this pandemic is finally behind us. Together, I know we can get there. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Torontonians age 80+ can now book second dose appointments at City-run clinics
  2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  3. Vaccine Myth Busters - Virtual Information Session
  4. ActiveTO Expands to Allen Road this Saturday
  5. City of Toronto Lifeguards Returning to Toronto Beaches this Weekend
  6. Young Workers Rights Hub - Webinar Series 
  7. Ontario Line Virtual Open House: West Segment
  8. Virtual Public Meeting - Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
  9. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  10. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  11. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. Torontonians age 80+ can now book second dose appointments at City-run clinics

On Monday, the City of Toronto opened more than 10,000 appointments at City-run immunization clinics for second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 80 and older.

This means that if you are 80 years of age or older, and you have already received your first dose of vaccine, you may be able to move up the date of your second dose appointment. You can read the City's full release here

To make a second dose appointment or to move up your appointment to an earlier date, you must do so either through the online registration system or by phone. To do so, you can either: 

  • Go to the confirmation email received at the time of booking and follow the instructions to move up your appointment through the online registration system
  • To move up your appointment by phone, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007)

Even if you didn’t get your first dose at a City-run clinic, you should still be able to select the option to just book a second dose through the online registration system. The Ontario Government has announced that people who received their first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine can also now book their second dose at a City-run clinic. For additional details, please see the City of Toronto's website, including the tab "Booking Your Second Dose," here.

Decisions about who is eligible to book vaccination appointments are made by the  Province of Ontario. Currently, people who are eligible for accelerated second dose appointments are limited to the following: 

  • People 80 years of age and above
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals, including non-Indigenous partners and household members
  • People with certain high-risk health conditions, such as transplant recipients and people undergoing chemotherapy or immunotherapy
  • Certain high-risk health care workers 

More information on Eligibility is available here. Based on the Ontario Government's current announcements: 

  • People who are 70 years of age and older in 2021 will become eligible book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of June 14, depending on vaccine supply
  • People who received their first dose between March 8 and April 18 will become eligible to book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of June 28, depending on vaccine supply
  • People who received their first dose between April 19 and May 9 can book their second dose appointment for an earlier date starting the week of July 19

2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 

Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and other City division leaders have been providing twice-weekly updates on the current situation and response to COVID-19 in Toronto. You can view the press conferences live on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 pm, and access past updates here.

On Wednesday, Dr. de Villa spoke about the improvement in Toronto’s daily case numbers over the past month. She also spoke about the significant vaccination uptake for people ages 12 to 17.  In Toronto, close to 75,000 in that age group have already received a first dose of vaccine.

Dr. de Villa spoke about the Youth Vaccination Strategy. Toronto Public Health and SickKids are working together to create communications for youth, their families and caregivers to address common questions and misconceptions about vaccines, and to support informed vaccination consent.  

Dr de Villa also spoke about the new B.1.617 variant, or Delta variant. There are 68 confirmed cases of this variant in Toronto. She cautioned that the main message for Torontonians is this: get vaccinated as soon as possible, and remember that for now it’s still very important to be mindful of distance between yourself and others, and to wear your mask whenever you can’t keep six feet apart from people outside your household. 

You can read Dr. de Villa’s full remarks here


3. Vaccine Myth Busters – Virtual Information Session

Join the virtual information session with Dr. Tomonori Yokogawa on combating misconceptions and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines. 

TODAY - Thursday, June 3rd
6pm - 8pm
Register here
View event flyer here

Brought to you by the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and Councillor Cressy’s office. 


4. ActiveTO Expands to Allen Road this Saturday

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cancellation of the Spadina Expressway, this weekend ActiveTO will turn Allen Road into a place for people!

Northbound lanes on Allen Road between Eglinton West and Lawrence will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday. Bike Share stations will be available along this stretch for folks who don't have a ride but want to cycle the Allen.

The easiest way to access the Allen Road closure is from Lawrence Avenue. ActiveTO road closures are also happening this weekend on Lake Shore Blvd East and in High Park. 

So this weekend: let's get outside, stay safe, and have fun.

Learn more about ActiveTO here.


5. City of Toronto Lifeguards Returning to Toronto Beaches this Weekend

With hot summer weather on the way, it’s important for Torontonians to have opportunities to cool down and stay active outdoors. The City of Toronto will officially open its supervised beach program at all 10 of Toronto’s swimming beaches beginning Saturday, June 5. Lifeguards will be on-duty at these beaches and will supervise designated swim areas seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the beach safely by swimming only in designated swimming areas with lifeguard supervision. Although Toronto’s beaches have remained open so that the public can get fresh air and exercise, swimming is not permitted in undesignated areas. Swimming in these areas can be dangerous due to unseen hazards and boaters may not be able to see swimmers in time to avoid collision. 

While visiting a beach or park, residents must ensure that they follow provincial guidelines pertaining to outdoor gatherings and are reminded to practise physical distancing and avoid crowding to stop the spread of COVID-19. If the beaches are full, please return at another time when the beach is less crowded.

Click here to learn more, and for the list of Toronto’s designated swimming beaches


6. Young Workers Rights Hub – Webinar Series 

The Know Your Rights at Work webinar series is happening every Tuesday in June, from 4 - 5 p.m. (EDT). Young workers can face many challenges on the job. This series will boost young workers' awareness of your rights at work and how to exercise them.

Next session:
Ending Discrimination & Harassment at Work
June 8 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Via Zoom
Register 

Learn more about the series here


7. Ontario Line Virtual Open House: West Segment

Metrolinx is holding a virtual open house on the Ontario Line West Segment:

June 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Registration link

Learn more and have your questions answered about the project for Exhibition, King-Bathurst and Queen-Spadina stations. 


8. Virtual Public Meeting – Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan

You’re invited to a virtual community consultation on plans to build a new, waterfront public space on the Canada Malting property, located in the Bathurst Quay neighbourhood.

Wednesday, June 16
7 pm - 9 pm
Meeting link

Join us to hear a presentation from the project's landscape architects PFS Studio, and to receive an update from City staff on other phases of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan project, including: planned rehabilitation of the heritage-designated Canada Malting silos; a recently completed water's edge promenade; streetscape improvements on Eireann Quay; and the transformation of an existing office building into a new waterfront centre for arts and culture.

Following the presentation, meeting facilitators will guide attendees through moderated break-out room discussions in order to record your feedback.

Click here to view a recent update presentation on the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan

For more background of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan, visit the City’s project webpage here.


9. Resources and Webinars 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. 

Upcoming free webinars:

General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar
Geared toward unincorporated businesses, this seminar will help participants understand their tax obligations and provide them with the resources needed to navigate the tax system.
Friday, June 11, 9:30am - 12pm
Register 

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters
Learn how to measure your company’s current impact in the areas of governance, employee relations, community and the environment, and then use these results to guide you forward as a social entrepreneur.
Tuesday, June 15, 10am-12pm
Register 

Click here for more upcoming webinars


10. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website

Protect yourself and others, get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.

Visit toronto.ca/covid19vaccine for up-to-date eligibility information. 


11. COVID-19 Information and Resources

It is important to stay informed through credible sources, and to follow the advice of our public health professionals. Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Please visit the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 website for the up-to-date information and resources: toronto.ca/covid-19

Government COVID-19 websites

City of Toronto
Province of Ontario
Government of Canada

Telehealth Ontario
Call if you develop symptoms.
Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: [email protected]

311 Toronto
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call if you have questions about City services.
Telephone: 311
TTY: 416-338-0889