UPDATE: Vaccine appointments now available for 18+

Published on May 03, 2021

Most adults are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the Region of Peel.

I'm reaching out today with important updates on our local vaccination program, and on the Province's new paid sick leave program.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

With over five million doses administered, including over 531,000 in Peel, and 91% coverage for 80+ Ontarians (40% for all adult Ontarians), we are getting closer to defeating COVID-19.

In the past few weeks, the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to Peel has been amongst the highest in Ontario, on a per-capita basis. With an expected increase in vaccine supply from the federal government this week, Ontario will receive about 786,000 doses, and deliver 50% to hot spots, including almost 20% (151,000) to Peel.

Beginning today, all adults who live in the hot spot areas of L4X, L5A, L5B, L5C, or L5K are eligible to book a vaccination appointment through the provincial booking system. Those who can’t book online can call the provincial COVID-19 vaccination line at 1-833-943-3900 (Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Beginning on Thursday, May 6, the following adults who live in the remaining areas of L4Y, L5E, L5G, L5H, or L5J will be eligible to book an appointment if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • 50 years or older (born in 1971 or earlier),
  • Adults (18+) with high-risk health conditions, including:
    • Pregnant individuals
    • Organ transplant recipients
    • Treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity weakening medications)
    • 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)
  • People who cannot work from home, including:
    • Elementary and secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff)
    • Workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, critical infrastructure restoration workers)
    • Enforcement, inspection, and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, labour inspectors, WSIB field workers)
    • Individuals working in licensed childcare settings (including all licensees, employees and students on educational placements who interact directly with children in licensed childcare centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs, licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of home child care agencies)
    • Foster care agenda workers (including customary care providers)
    • Food, manufacturing, and distribution workers
    • Funeral, crematorium, and cemetery workers
  • Indigenous adults (18+), including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Eligibility will expand in the coming weeks for who live in the areas of L4Y, L5E, L5G, L5H, or L5J:

  • Week of May 10: 40 years or older (born in 1981 or earlier)
  • Week of May 17: 30 years or older (born in 1991 or earlier)
  • Week of May 24: 18 years or older (born in 2003 or earlier)

All adults (18+) living in the Region of Peel will be eligible to book a vaccination appointment before the end of May.

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.

Ontario has also expanded eligibility for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re 40 years and over (born in 1981 or earlier), and have an Ontario Health Card or other Government-issued ID, you can now book your appointment at 12 local pharmacies.

I strongly encourage everyone to book an appointment as soon as it’s your turn to help protect yourselves, your loved ones, and our communities, and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Receiving my first dose at the Mississauga Hospital.

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.

Paid Sick Leave

With the new variants of concern, people need more support now than ever before. Workers in Ontario need a fair deal, not a federal program that pays below minimum wage.

Our government is leading the way by filling the gaps in the federal government’s Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) to ensure that Ontario workers have access to the most generous paid sick leave in Canada, with up to $4,600 in paid sick leave ($25/hour or $200/day for up to 23 days).

Paid leave is available for reasons related to COVID-19, including:

  • being sick with COVID-19
  • going for a COVID-19 test
  • staying home awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • going to get vaccinated
  • experiencing a side effect from a COVID-19 vaccination
  • having been advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by an employer, medical practitioner, or other authority
  • taking care of a dependent who is:
    • sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19
    • self-isolating due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, passed with unanimous support last week, makes Ontario the only province with three days of regular pay (up to $200/day) for those who miss work because of COVID-19. This is retroactive to April 19, 2021 and effective until September 25, 2021, the date the CRSB will expire. The three days do not need to be taken consecutively.

In order to ensure that small businesses are not burdened during this very challenging time, our government will reimburse employers up to $200 per day for each employee. More information on how employers can apply for reimbursement will be available soon. (I voted against legislation proposed by the Opposition because it would have placed the burden of sick days on small businesses that are struggling, and can't afford this cost.)

We have also agreed to provide funding for the federal government to double CRSB payments to Ontario residents, adding an additional $500/week to eligible individuals, for a total of $1,000/week, for up to four weeks. In response, the federal government has signaled its willingness to do so. Enhanced payments will be sent to eligible residents as soon as the CRSB program is updated.

These latest measures build on other existing provincial supports, like job protected leave and access to isolation facilities, making Ontario’s approach the most comprehensive COVID-19 sick leave in the country.

  • Ontario's Job-Protected Leave: Employees have the right to take this leave if they are not performing the duties of their position because of various COVID-19 related reasons, including caring for a child that is sick, isolating, or whose school is closed. This includes job protection for those that are taking time off to get vaccinated. Sick notes are no longer required.
  • Canada's Income Support for Parents: This program gives income support to those unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. Households can receive $500 a week for up to 26 weeks.
  • COVID-19 Isolation Centres in Hardest Hit Communities: COVID-19 isolation centres provide a range of wraparound supports and services, including meals, security, transportation, and links to health and social services.

To learn more, please visit ontario.ca/COVIDworkerbenefit or call the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Information Centre at 1-888-999-2248 (TTY: 1-866-567-8893).

Additional Resources

Local News

My most recent e-news updates on our local vaccination program are available at:

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