UPDATE: Vaccine rollout expanding in Peel Region

Published on April 24, 2021

As vaccine supply becomes more available, the Province is directing more vaccines to the Region of Peel.

I'm reaching out today with important updates on our local vaccination program. As vaccine supply becomes more available, and as we move further into Phase 2 of our plan, the Province is directing more vaccines to the Region of Peel.

This week alone, over 100,000 vaccines were administered in Peel, for a total of almost half a million. Including 65,520 doses expected next week, the Region has over 200,000 more doses ready to be administered in our hot spot communities and workplaces, beginning with Amazon, Maple Leaf Foods, and Maple Lodge Farms.

Starting this week, 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:

  • Clarkson:
    • Metro Pharmacy, 910 Southdown Rd.
    • Rexall, 1375 Southdown Rd., Unit 1
    • Shoppers Drug Mart, 920 Southdown Rd.
    • Truscott IDA, 2425 Truscott Dr.
  • Lakeview:
    • Drug Store (Dixie Mall), 1250 South Service Rd.
    • Shoppers Drug Mart, 579A Lakeshore Rd. E.
    • Shoppers Drug Mart (Applewood Village), 1077 North Service Rd.
  • Mineola:
    • Carl's IDA, 1207 Hurontario St.
  • Port Credit:
    • Hooper's Pharmacy, 88 Lakeshore Rd. E.
    • Loblaws, 250 Lakeshore Rd. W.
    • Shoppers Drug Mart, 321 Lakeshore Rd. W.
  • Sheridan:
    • Shoppers Drug Mart (Sheridan Centre), 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy.

A total of 152 pharmacies and 37 primary care clinics are administering vaccines in the Region of Peel. Seven pharmacies are administering vaccines 24/7.

Vaccinations underway at Carl's IDA in Mineola.

Yesterday, the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults 30 years and over (born in 1991 or earlier), and it's approved by Health Canada for all adults (18+). All COVID-19 vaccines available in Ontario have been shown to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. While not impossible, adverse reactions are extremely rare.

We strongly recommend that everyone book their appointment as soon as you're eligible. Getting vaccinated is one way you can make a real difference in stopping the spread of this deadly virus.

You're also eligible to register for a vaccination appointment if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • 60 years or older (born in 1961 or earlier), and resident of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, or Etobicoke;
  • 50 years or older (born in 1971 or earlier), and resident of select COVID-19 hotspots (L4X, L5A, L5B, L5C or L5K);
  • Adults (18+) with high-risk health conditions and up to one essential caregiver, and resident of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, or Etobicoke;
  • Special education staff who live or work in Peel;
  • All education staff who live or work in Peel COVID-19 hotspots (L4T, L4W, L4X, L4Z, L5A, L5B, L5R, L5C, L5K, L5L, L5M, L5N, L5V, L5W, L6P, L6R, L6S, L6T, L6V, L6W, L6X, L6Y, L6Z, L7A, L7C);
  • Indigenous adults (18+), including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and resident of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, or Etobicoke.

Note that pregnancy has been added to the list of high-risk health conditions; you are eligible for vaccination at any time during your pregnancy. It's recommended (but not required) that you discuss this with your health care provider.

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.

Starting in Peel and Toronto, the Province is providing additional resources to target workplaces at the greatest risk (including in L4X, L5A, L5B, L5C and L5K) with mobile teams and pop-up clinics.

As Ontario continues to ramp up our vaccine rollout, our greatest challenge remains the constant delays in supply from the federal government. In March, Ontario received 809,000 fewer doses than promised; in April, we will now receive 837,400 fewer doses than expected.

Ontario expected 448,400 Moderna doses this week; this has been reduced to 235,700 doses, and delayed until May. We expected 389,000 AstraZeneca doses this week, and 194,500 more during the week of May 3; both shipments have now been delayed until late May.

Proud to help organize a vaccine clinic for employees at Sure Good Foods with Dr. Banwatt and the team at CarePoint Health.

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 the local impact of COVID-19 variants, and our local vaccination program, with senior management at Trillium Health Partners.

Public Health Update

In response to an alarming surge in COVID-19 variant case numbers and hospitalizations across Ontario, our hospitals have stopped performing all but emergency and life-saving surgeries. Our ICU capacity is being stretched to the limit.

The variant B.1.1.7 (first detected in the UK) is most common in Ontario, but cases of the P.1 and B.1.351 variants (first detected in Brazil and South Africa) are growing, and yesterday, it was reported that there are now at least 36 cases of the dangerous new B.1.617 variant (first detected in India).

Since last year, the Premier has warned about the extreme risk of these new variants, which are more transmissible, have more severe health effects, and may be more resistant to vaccines, or more difficult for diagnostic tests to detect. While the federal government suspended direct flights from India and Pakistan this week, this measure was far too little, came far too late, and doesn't do nearly enough to protect Ontarians.

You can still take a connecting (indirect) flight to Canada from any variant hot spot in the world. This is unacceptable. It will make it harder for us to end the third wave, or even create the conditions for a fourth one. The federal government must impose stronger border measures immediately.

To ensure Ontarians can continue to receive life-saving care when they need it, and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Province has strengthened enforcement of the province-wide stay-at-home order, while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.

This includes:

  • Reducing capacity limits to 25% in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food, and pharmacies; 
  • Closing all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Prohibiting all organized public events and outdoor social gatherings and recreational amenities, with limited exceptions (members of the same household, caregivers, and people who live alone);
  • Restricting travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec; and,
  • Limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, or ceremonies to 10 people (indoors or outdoors).

In addition, Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh has issued an updated Section 22 order to direct all businesses with five or more cases of COVID-19 in the previous two weeks to close for ten days, where:

  • The cases could have reasonably acquired their infection at work; or,
  • No obvious source of infection has been identified outside of the workplace.

Workplace closures will be listed here.

Although the vast majority of Ontarians have respected the public health measures, some individuals continue to put others at risk by gathering with those outside their households. It’s critical for everyone to stay home as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Province has provided police services with temporary authority to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, and to put a stop to gatherings and crowds. This is not random stops or carding; an officer may require you to provide information only if they have reason to suspect you are participating in a prohibited public event or gathering.

If you have a concern about a specific interaction with a police officer, you may submit a complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). If you have a concern about an interaction with a municipal by-law officer, you may submit complaints to Ontario’s Ombudsman, or to the City of Mississauga.

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

Paid Sick Leave

Last July, the provinces negotiated an historic Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, in which the provinces agreed to protect people's jobs, and the federal government agreed to protect their income, through the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).

All provinces worked together to secure these paid sick days, and no other province (including the NDP government in British Columbia) has introduced a provincial paid sick leave program.

Ontario has delivered on its commitments, with unlimited job protection for a wide range of issues related to COVID-19, including the need to self-isolate, or care for loved ones. Sick notes are no longer required.

Unfortunately, while the CRSB has been used over 300,000 times by Ontarians, there are many problems with this program. Our government has consistently advocated on behalf of workers for improvements to the CRSB, to ensure that funds are distributed faster, are easier to access, and available to workers who need to take time off multiple times.

To their credit, the federal government has increased the number of weeks available under the CRSB to four (from the original two), and reduced processing time (to as little as 3-5 business days). However, important gaps remain.

In my view, the federal government should have simply copied the approach it's taken with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), in which employers (not employees) apply to the federal government for reimbursement. This would have been an easy solution.

Unfortunately, while we were assured that improvements were coming, we were very disappointed that the federal budget this week did not take any action to improve the CRSB. Therefore, we are working quickly to fill in the gaps in the CRSB ourselves, and to ensure that all essential workers in Ontario have access to a truly comprehensive paid sick day program.

Joined my friends at the Peel Children's Aid Society, the Canadian Arab Institute, and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services for the virtual launch of the new Ma'an Wraparound Service, including culturally-sensitive support and resources for Arabic speaking families in the Region of Peel.

Constituency Update

Building on our $1.6 billion plan to keep schools safe, and in partnership with the federal government, we are investing over $650 million more in critical infrastructure projects to support the safety of schools both in the immediate and long term.

This includes:

  • $41.6+ million for the Peel District School Board;
  • $24.6+ million for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board; and
  • $11+ million for the Conseil scolaire Viamonde.

For example, local schools will receive:

  • $1.1 million for École élémentaire Horizon Jeunesse
  • $455,000 for St. Dominic Separate School
  • $394,000 for Clarkson Secondary School
  • $371,000 for Cawthra Park Secondary School
  • $375,000 for St. Timothy Separate School
  • $326,000 for Lorne Park Secondary School
  • $320,000 for Port Credit Secondary School
  • $314,000 for the Glenforest Vocational (VOC) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Programs

Congratulating Jannies Le, Executive Director of Armagh House.

On behalf of Minister Lisa MacLeod, I announced that five local non-profit organizations in Mississauga-Lakeshore will receive nearly $355,000 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes:

  • $120,700 for Armagh House;
  • $81,900 for ISNA Canada;
  • $80,100 for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER);
  • $44,500 for the Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival; and,
  • $7,500 for Arts on the Credit (AOTC).

Combined with the seven previous grants awarded through this Fund, 12 local organizations have received a total of $1,078,800.

Progress continues to be made on two new long-term care (LTC) homes coming to Speakman Drive in Mississauga, with drilling for structural foundation near completion.

The Province has released our latest P3 Market Update on major infrastructure projects. Local highlights include:

  • The RFQ for the Trillium Health Partners Broader Redevelopment of the Mississauga Hospital Site will be issued in Winter 2022.
  • A contract for the expansion of the GO Transit Lakeshore West corridor will be executed in Summer/Fall 2021.

Earlier this month, I also announced a one-time investment of $146,000 to make upgrades at the Sheridan Villa long-term care home. This includes HVAC upgrades, and the installation of new protective barriers to prevent the spread of viruses.

Informative discussion about Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. In so many ways, this virus has changed the way we think about and respond to emergencies, and the Province continues to review and adjust our response.

Queen's Park Update

On Tuesday, my latest Private Member's Bill, Bill 255 (co-sponsored with MPP Andrea Khanjin), which aims to raise awareness of sickle cell disease and thalassemia in Ontario, was considered by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills, and ordered for Third Reading.

At the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, we discussed Ontario's response to the COVID-19 pandemic with Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, and prepared reports on the Ontario Disability Support Program and Waterfront Toronto.

I've also continued to attend regular meetings of the Ontario Internal Audit Committee and the Audit and Accountability Committee, which direct internal audit services to priority areas across the Government of Ontario, and provide more scrutiny and discipline throughout the entire budget process.

Proud to help my good friend Vince Molinaro deliver a generous contribution of 900 pizzas from Molinaro's Fine Italian Foods Ltd. to Vishal Khanna and his team at the Sai Dham Food Bank, for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

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.

Delivered face masks to the seniors at Hillside Place, thanks to Progressive Industrial Fluids Ltd.

We delivered boxes of face masks to the seniors at the Mississauga Long-Term Care Facility, the Greenway Lodge, Port Credit Residences, Hillside Place, Erin Mills Lodge, and AbleLiving Services, among others. I also delivered cases of hand sanitizer gel bottles to the Camilla Care Community, Erinview Retirement Residence, Chartwell Wenleigh, and Walden Circle Retirement Community.

My friend, Vince Molinaro, President of Molinaro's Fine Italian Foods Ltd., made a generous contribution of 900 pizzas to our local food banks, including the Sai Dham Food Bank and the Compass Food Bank, to be distributed to some of the most vulnerable in our community.

With Aldo Lista in 2018.

In Memoriam

Deepest condolences to Noreen, to my old elementary school classmates Joncarlo and Eugenia, and to the entire Lista family on the passing of Aldo Lista. A visionary soccer coach and owner of the Old Credit Brewing Company Ltd. in Port Credit, Aldo was a true icon in our Italian Canadian community.

Born in 1930, in Montalto Uffugo, Cosenza, Aldo never lost his connection to Italy (where his uncle later married my aunt). But Mississauga-Lakeshore, Ontario, and Canada are all immeasurably stronger and better because of Aldo’s many contributions. Sentite condoglianze.

At Queen's Park.

On behalf of all Ontarians, my colleagues and I sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the entire Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip leaves behind an exemplary legacy of outstanding service to society that reaches around the globe, especially through his Duke of Edinburgh Awards, an international program founded in 1956, that encourages youth to develop their highest potential in all areas of life.

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: