COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - May 6

Dear friends,

We are moving forward when it comes to getting Toronto vaccinated. To date 1,290,708 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Toronto, and over 40% of people age 18+ have received their first shot. 

At the same time, our Team Toronto Sprint Strategy is getting results. In a few short weeks, mobile and pop-up clinics in the city’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods nearly tripled first-dose vaccination rates, on average, from 12% of adults to 35%. As these are areas with the highest rates of COVID and where many frontline and essential workers live, it is critical that we continue to scale up vaccinations to protect those who are most at risk. 

I know how hard the past year has been for so many, and that many are eager to get their first and second doses of vaccine. The City of Toronto receives all our vaccine supply from the Province. The reality is that at the moment, supply continues to be limited. However, we are making progress in accelerating the rollout of vaccines, and I will continue to advocate for more supply and keep you informed about additional vaccination options for Ward 10 residents. 

Together, we can do this. 

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Expanded Eligibility for Vaccinations Opens, Supply is Limited at City-run Clinics
  2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  3. ActiveTO Coming To Lake Shore West Beginning May 15-16
  4. Asian Heritage Month Virtual Film Screening 
  5. Coming to the Port Lands: New Commissioners Street Bridge
  6. Virtual Information Event - Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial
  7. Updates from Waterfront Toronto
  8. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  9. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  10. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. Expanded Eligibility for Vaccinations Opens, Supply is Limited at City-run Clinics

 As previously announced by the Provincial Government, this morning eligibility to book vaccination appointments through the provincial registration system opened up for: 

Please visit toronto.ca/covid-19 to book an appointment. If you need assistance, you can call the Province’s registration call centre at 1-833-943-3900.

While anyone who meets the above criteria is now eligible, along with all groups previously identified, it is important to note that vaccine supply at our nine City-run immunization clinics is still limited. The City’s ability to offer vaccination appointments at City-operated immunization clinics is dependent entirely on vaccine supply from the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. 

Since expanding eligibility to anyone 18 and older who lives in Province-identified hot spot postal code earlier this week, 223,817 people have already booked vaccination appointments for City-operated immunization clinics. Based on current supply, as of noon on Wednesday, all City-operated clinics are fully booked or very close to fully booked (over 90%) from now until June 6. 

This morning, 60,000 additional vaccination appointments for City-operated clinics between June 7 and 13 opened in the provincial booking system. 

Our City-run clinics have the capacity to significantly scale up vaccinations. But for this to happen, we simply need more vaccines. If the Province provides us with more supply, we'll be able to increase operations immediately and get shots into the arms of more Torontonians. I will continue to advocate for increased vaccine supply to be provided to the City of Toronto as we continue to experience high rates of COVID-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 AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, and how some people may have questions about the risk of blood clots. She noted that we are waiting for clarification on when further AstraZeneca deliveries for Toronto will resume and on what scale, as most of the AstraZeneca vaccine has already been administered through pharmacies.

Dr. de Villa noted that the likelihood of a serious blood clot is very rare, and that experts currently put it at between one in 100,000 - 250,000 people. She also noted that in the UK, where more than 22 million first doses of AstraZeneca have been administered, the rate of experiencing a blood clot is approximately 9 cases per million doses of the vaccine administered.

Dr. de Villa reiterated that the odds of getting COVID-19 without the protection of vaccination are far greater than the risk of a complication as a result of being vaccinated. While we are beginning to see early signs of possible stabilization of this current wave, COVID-19 rates in Toronto continue to be very high, and people are still dying. With this in mind, vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19. 

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


3. ActiveTO Coming To Lake Shore West Beginning May 15-16

Great news: ActiveTO is coming back to Lake Shore Boulevard West on the Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 weekend. Details, including timing and boundaries, will be provided next week as soon as plans are finalized.

The first ActiveTO weekend road closures in 2021 were launched last weekend, and proved once again to be popular among people and families to get outside and exercise. The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 8 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 9 at 9 p.m.:

  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue.
  • Roads through High Park will be closed to vehicle traffic for people to explore the park and get exercise while practising physical distancing each weekend from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at approximately 7 a.m.

ActiveTO routes will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians and people on bikes. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or to visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or foot as nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available. Click here to learn more


4. Asian Heritage Month: Virtual Film Screening

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. The theme for 2021, "Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve," embodies the myriad of sentiments that peoples of Asian descent in Canada have experienced and honours their contributions and their diverse stories, which are rooted in resilience and perseverance. It is also a call to action for all Canadians to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.

The Toronto Railway Museum is partnering with the Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railway Workers in Canada (FCCRWC) for a virtual film screening and Q&A of Ties that Bind on May 13 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm as part of Asian Heritage Month. Click here for more information.


5. Coming to the Port Lands: New Commissioners Street Bridge

Another milestone has been reached in the Port Lands Flood Protection project: yesterday the Commissioners Street bridge started its journey to Toronto from the east coast.

In total, four new bridges will connect downtown Toronto to the future Villiers Island, the new island that will be created by extending the Don River through the Port Lands. The first of these bridges arrived in Toronto in November 2020. The Commissioners Street bridge will be arriving soon and is following the same path, leaving Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and travelling to Toronto via the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Click here to learn more.


6. Virtual Information Event – Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial

The City of Toronto recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows. The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City's winter maintenance program. These areas have previously been excluded because the existing fleet of larger sidewalk plows are unable to safely clear narrow sidewalks with frequent physical obstructions.

The results of the trial and recommendations for the mechanical sidewalk clearing program will be presented to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of City Council for consideration.

The City invites residents to learn more about the trial by attending a Virtual Public Information Event which will include a presentation by City staff followed by a Q&A session. 

The event for Spadina-Fort York will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here to learn how to join online or by phone.

Learn more at toronto.ca/SidewalkTrial


7. Updates from Waterfront Toronto

Click here to read the latest Waterfront Toronto newsletter for updates on Port Lands flood protection, the new Cherry Street stormwater management facility, an engagement summary for the Waterfront East LRT extension, and more. 

Sign up to receive the Waterfront Toronto newsletter here.


8. 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:

Ask the Expert: Marketing & Sales
Marketing your business has never been as important as it is today. This webinar will show you how to successfully market your product or service using easy and affordable sales and marketing tactics.
Friday, May 14, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Register 

T2 Corporation Income Tax Return Seminar
Presented by Canada Revenue Agency, this seminar is offered to owners of small corporations who need help in understanding their tax obligations. The presentation is geared towards incorporated businesses and will provide participants with the basic principles and resources needed to navigate the tax system.
Monday, May 17. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Register 

Click here for more upcoming webinars


9. 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. 


10. 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