UPDATE: Vaccine appointments available tomorrow for 50+

Published on April 08, 2021

The Province is moving into Phase Two of our vaccine plan, including additional vaccines for "hot spot" regions like Peel

I'm reaching out today with important updates about our local COVID-19 vaccination program, as the Province moves into Phase Two of our distribution plan. This includes the distribution of additional vaccines to "hot spot" regions like Peel, to allow us to prioritize essential workers and individuals with high-risk health conditions.

If you're 50 years or older (born in 1971 or earlier), you will be able to book a vaccine appointment beginning at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, April 9th, if you live in the "hot spot" postal codes L4X, L5A, L5B, L5C or L5K. Essential workers in these areas, including all education workers, will be eligible to register for vaccination beginning next week, during the April Break.

I'm advocating for our remaining postal codes (L4Y, L5E, L5G, L5H, and L5J) to be added to the list as soon as possible, but the timing may depend on our supply of vaccines from the federal government.

Some frontline workers, including education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs, will be eligible to register regardless of postal code.

In addition, individuals with the following highest-risk health conditions (and their essential caregivers) are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, regardless of age:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy)
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • People with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed less than one year ago
  • Kidney disease (eGFR< 30)
  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

Patients in these high-risk groups will be contacted by their health care providers (hospital physicians and specialists or primary care doctors) to set up an appointment for a vaccination. The Ministry of Health is working with our partners to identify and vaccinate these patients and their caregivers as soon as possible. We expect to reach the majority of these groups before the end of April 2021.

For now, if you're 60 years or older (born in 1961 or earlier), or an Indigenous adult (18+), and you are a resident of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, or Etobicoke, you can register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment here, at one of two local clinics, including:

Appointments can also be booked on the Region of Peel's website, or by calling their COVID-19 Vaccination Line at 905-791-5202, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Same day appointments may be available.

AstraZeneca vaccines being delivered to pharmacies throughout Mississauga-Lakeshore.

AstraZeneca vaccines have also arrived at five pharmacies in Mississauga-Lakeshore. If you’re 55 years or older (born in 1966 or earlier), and have an Ontario Health Card or other Government-issued ID, you can now book your appointment with a local pharmacy:

  • Carl's IDA, 1207 Hurontario St.
  • Drug Store, 1250 South Service Rd.
  • Loblaw, 250 Lakeshore Rd. W.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy.
  • Truscott IDA, 2425 Truscott Dr.

As vaccine deliveries are expected to increase, we are working to expand the administration of vaccines to more pharmacies and doctor's offices, including up to 1,500 pharmacies in April.

The Ministry of Health is working with Peel Public Health to ensure timely access to vaccines through all available vaccine delivery channels, including mass vaccination clinics, pharmacies, and mobile vaccination teams. In the coming weeks, mobile clinics will be sent to high-risk workplaces, shelters, community centres, and faith-based locations, and all adults (18+) will be eligible for vaccination in certain high-risk neighbourhoods.

Lastly, I want to note an update in the advice that we have received from our public health experts. The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) has recommended that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should not be used for adults under 55 years of age at this time, while extremely rare cases of blood clots are investigated further. The Province is following this recommendation.

I joined Minister of Health Christine Elliott and my Mississauga MPP colleagues at a virtual town hall hosted by the Mississauga Board of Trade.

The COVID-19 pandemic will soon be behind us. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of all Ontarians, this day is now months – not years – away. However, until all Ontarians can receive the vaccine, following public health measures continues to be our best defense against this virus. The actions we take now can protect our loved ones, and our communities.

Please stay connected, and stay informed. You can follow the progress of Ontario's vaccination program here. The latest updates on the pandemic in Ontario are available here. And the latest provincial news, programs, and services that impact our community are available at Cuzzetto.com.

I encourage you to share this information with any family and friends who may be interested, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you need any additional information (email [email protected] or call 905-274-8228, Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm).

While my constituency office remains closed to the public at this time, my staff and I are always available to assist you with any provincial matter.

Take care,

Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP

Discussing our public health protocols and local vaccination program with the Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region, Dr. Lawrence Loh, and members of the Port Credit BIA.

Public Health Update

In response to an alarming surge in COVID-19 variant case numbers and hospitalizations across Ontario, and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, the Province has declared a third state of emergency.

Beginning today, a province-wide stay-at-home order is in effect for at least four weeks. All Ontarians are required to stay at home except for essential trips, including work or school that can't be done remotely, groceries, outdoor exercise, medical appointments (including getting tested or vaccinated), and supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

Most non-essential retailers will be able to operate by pickup or delivery only, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Access to shopping malls will be restricted, and in-person sales in discount and big-box stores will be restricted to essential items only (groceries, cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical and health care items, personal care, and pet supplies).

These measures build on the provincewide emergency brake, which includes:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum (with exceptions for gatherings with members of the same household, and for people who live alone),
  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50% capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25% capacity limit for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures,
  • Prohibiting personal care services,
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only,
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with limited exceptions,
  • Requiring day camps to close, and,
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies to 15% occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can safely maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors.

Read more about Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework here.

Dr. Lawrence Loh has issued a Section 22 order closing schools to in-person learning for two weeks (including the April Break week).

Education Update

While Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health has closed schools to in-person learning this week due to growing community transmission of the COVID-19 variants of concern, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that our schools remain safe.

Thanks to the collective efforts of students, parents, and educators, as well as our $1.6 billion investment in new staff, PPE, cleaning, enhanced ventilation, testing, and other comprehensive protocols, Ontario has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases for youth under 19 in Canada.

Positivity rates among students, staff and families last week as part of our asymptomatic testing program was just 0.56%.

However, in order to ensure that our schools can reopen following the April Break (for the week of April 19), the Province is moving forward with:

  • accelerating the vaccination of education staff, with access starting next week, during the April Break,
  • expanding asymptomatic testing at schools, including during the April Break,
  • refresher training for all staff on safety protocols after the April Break,
  • encouraging outdoor instruction whenever possible, and
  • enhanced cleaning of schools both during and after the April Break.

I recently visited a pop-up testing site at St. Paul Secondary School in Lakeview.

During the April Break (April 12 to 18), all pharmacies that offer testing, and all assessment centres across the province, will accept appointments from students and education staff for voluntary asymptomatic testing.

Getting a test takes only a few minutes, and this is another important tool in the fight against COVID-19, as it can help identify cases early.

The Ministry of Education will be working with school boards to offer school-based clinics. Upcoming targeted testing locations are posted online every week.

It's critical that all families and staff continue to follow public health advice during the April Break, to help ensure that students can safely return to class on April 19.

Congratulating Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy on a truly historic 2021 Ontario Budget, particularly for the Region of Peel, including investments to completely rebuild the Mississauga Hospital.

2021 Ontario Budget

The 2021 Ontario Budget, introduced by Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy on March 24, includes a $51 billion Action Plan to defeat COVID-19, and to provide support and relief to those who need it most. It also includes truly historic – and long overdue – investments for Mississauga-Lakeshore, and for the entire Region of Peel.

Our $30 billion, 10-year hospital infrastructure expansion and renewal plan includes the complete rebuilding of the Mississauga Hospital, and the addition of an inpatient care tower at the Queensway Health Centre in Etobicoke. These projects, which will increase our hospital capacity and address urgent growth needs, will begin construction this year, in 2021.

Our $2.6 billion, 4-year plan to build new long-term care beds includes the construction of 420 new beds and 220 upgraded beds at Sheridan Park here in Mississauga, in partnership with Trillium Health Partners. This project also includes the first residential hospice in Mississauga, in partnership with Heart House Hospice. Both will be ready for residents next year, in 2022.

The previous government took nearly 10 years to build 611 new long-term care beds across the province; we are building 30,000. To support this expansion, and to increase the average direct care to four hours per day, we are investing $4.9 billion, and hiring more than 27,000 new positions, including personal support workers and nurses.

We are also building a new inpatient wing at Peel Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the William Osler Health System, and investing nearly $10 million to expand the Community Paramedicine Program throughout Peel Region. This important initiative will help more local seniors stay safe while living in the comfort of their own homes.

Our public health measures have saved many lives, but we recognize that they have also come at a great cost to many workers, families, and small business owners. We are taking steps to provide additional relief and support, including:

  • a 20% top up for the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses tax credit for 2021,
  • a third round of direct payments to parents (up to $500 per child),
  • a new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit (up to $2,000 per recipient), and,
  • a second round of Ontario Small Business Support Grants (up to $20,000 per business).

At this time, our top priority is getting vaccines in arms. We have made over $1 billion available for our provincewide vaccination plan, including safe, accessible transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities to get to their vaccination appointments.

To access this service in Peel, seniors (65+) or Ontarians living with disabilities can use TransHelp, free of charge, to get to their vaccine appointment.

You must be eligible to receive the vaccine, but you don't need to be a TransHelp client to use this service. Simply call 905-791-1015 at least 48 hours before your appointment to make your booking.

Celebrating Purple Day with my friends at Epilepsy South Central Ontario's new office in Port Credit, to support epilepsy awareness.

Constituency Update

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and I enjoyed speaking to Ms. Thibault’s Grade 5 Class at St. James Catholic Global Learning Centre in Port Credit about our provincial government.

A virtual visit to Ms. Thibault's Grade 5 class at St. James Catholic Global Learning Centre in Port Credit.

It was an honour to speak to the paralegal students at triOS College about our 2021 Ontario Budget, and about Attorney General Doug Downey’s ongoing work to modernize our justice system.

Speaking to the paralegal students at triOS College; thanks to program coordinator John Paul Rodrigues for the great questions.

I met with the Mississauga Seniors Council to discuss eligibility criteria for the Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant. If you're a low-to-moderate income senior, you may be eligible for up to $500 back on your property taxes.

Speaking to President Frank Stendardo and the Mississauga Seniors Council.

Queen's Park Update

At Queen's Park last week, I was proud to speak in support of Bill 257, the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act.

It's unacceptable, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis, that up to 700,000 households across Ontario still do not have reliable access to broadband. This important bill would help connect communities to reliable, high-speed Internet sooner.

At the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, I spoke to Treasury Board Secretariat Deputy Minister Kevin French and Ministry of Finance Deputy Minister Greg Orencsak about the importance of maintaining a clean audit record.

I was also proud to make a Member's Statement about our recent announcement of a $158 million investment in local transit infrastructure, including a new Lakeshore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.

Delivering hot meals to the Compass Food Bank with my friend Pervez Akhter.

Ontario Spirit

Local businesses continue to give generously to support the most vulnerable in our community. I particularly want to thank Progressive Industrial Fluids Ltd. for their generous contributions of 17,500 face masks, and many skids of hand sanitizer gel bottles, which my team and I are distributing to those who need them most throughout our community.

Proud to provide 1,440 bottles of hand sanitizer gel to Peel Children's Aid Foundation Executive Director Renae Addis and her team, so that they can continue to support vulnerable local families, children, and youth, thanks to Progressive Industrial Fluids Ltd.

The team at the Truscott IDA Pharmacy and the Rabba Fine Foods "Rabba Roots" Community Program generously donated personal care items; my team and I distributed them in kits to women and children fleeing domestic abuse at Armagh House and Embrave: Agency to End Violence (formerly known as Interim Place).

The team at Truscott IDA Pharmacy generously contributed personal care items for our local women's shelters.

Proud to distribute kits of personal care items to women and children fleeing domestic abuse at Armagh House and Embrave: Agency to End Violence, thanks to the Truscott I.D.A. Pharmacy and Rabba Fine Foods "Rabba Roots" Community Program.

Delivering cases of hand sanitizer gel to the volunteers at Canadian Food for Children.

A generous contribution of 17,500 face masks from Progressive Industrial Fluids Ltd.

Local News

Here is a selection of some of the most recent news releases at Cuzzetto.com: