Vaccine Appointments Now Available for 75+Published on March 22, 2021
We're expanding eligibility for vaccination, ahead of schedule, to more residents of Mississauga
I'm reaching out today with a few important updates on the progress of our local COVID-19 vaccination program.
With most adults over 80 having received at least their first dose of vaccine, we’re now able to expand eligibility for vaccination, ahead of schedule, to more residents of Mississauga.
If you're 75 years or older (born in 1946 or earlier), or an Indigenous adult (18+), and you are a resident of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, or Etobicoke, then you can register for a vaccination appointment here, at one of two local COVID-19 vaccination clinics, including:
- The Mississauga Hospital's J-Wing Auditorium (100 Queensway West)
- UTM's Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (3359 Mississauga Road)
If you know someone who is 75 or over, or an Indigenous adult 18 or over, please let them know that they can now register for an appointment.
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.
As vaccine deliveries are expected to increase beginning this week, we are working to expand the administration of vaccines to pharmacies and doctor's offices, with up to 700 pharmacies brought online in the next two weeks, and 1,500 pharmacies in April. Further details on this will be announced soon.
Lastly, I want to note a few updates in the advice that we have received from our public health experts.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) has recommended that, in the context of limited COVID-19 vaccine supplies from the federal government, provinces should extend the interval for the second dose of vaccine up to four months. While we would prefer to follow the shorter intervals recommended by the manufacturers, NACI advises that even a single dose of vaccine provides protection from severe complications, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.
NACI has also revised their recommendations on the AstraZeneca vaccine. While originally recommended only for Ontarians under 65, last week NACI updated their recommendation to include all Ontarians. Our provincial vaccination program is being updated accordingly.
I meet regularly with the senior leadership team at Trillium Health Partners; included in this meeting are President Michelle DiEmanuelle and Minister Kinga Surma.
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.
Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP
Discussing the scientific evidence supporting Ontario’s public health protocols with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, at a virtual meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been guided by our team of public health experts, who have continually advised us on measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, your feedback has also been important to help us improve some of these measures.
On behalf of our local businesses and faith community leaders, I have advocated for indoor gathering limits based on venue capacity, and for permitting more outdoor activities, particularly as we move into the spring. This is a balanced approach, that will help us protect both physical and mental health.
Last week, Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams announced important changes to our framework that reflect these suggestions:
- Firstly, in Grey-Lockdown areas (including Peel), the indoor gathering limit for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies is now 15% of total occupancy. Outdoor dining is now allowed, subject to physical distancing rules and other public health measures. Tables should be limited to members of the same household, with limited exceptions for those who live alone, and for caregivers.
- Secondly, in Orange-Restrict and Red-Control areas, capacity limits for indoor dining have been adjusted based on a standard calculation that will allow for up to 50% of indoor dining areas to be accessible to the public.
It's important that we all continue to follow public health measures. We will continue to make decisions on these measures in cooperation with our medical experts, based on the latest data, to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians.
Read more about Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework here.
In my role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board of Ontario, I hosted or co-hosted 30+ virtual pre-Budget consultations in communities across Ontario, from Mississauga to Muskoka, and Stratford to Stormont, throughout the month of February 2021.
I collected very interesting and constructive submissions from over 300 stakeholders in a wide range of fields, from health to education, and manufacturing to agriculture, about their priorities and needs, as we have all had to adjust to a very difficult year.
This feedback has been invaluable in shaping the 2021 Ontario Budget, which will be released this Wednesday, March 24th. I'd again like to thank everyone who attended a virtual roundtable or town hall meeting, or even just submitted their feedback online; it's greatly appreciated.
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.
Announcing an investment of over $158 million in municipal transit in Mississauga, including a new Lakeshore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, with Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott, and our federal and municipal partners.
Though our announcements are now virtual, I've been proud to deliver many important investments for Mississauga-Lakeshore in recent weeks.
I joined our federal and municipal partners to announce an investment of $158 million in local transit infrastructure, including a new Lakeshore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, to support more accessible and sustainable public transit as our population grows in southern Mississauga.
In recent weeks, the Province provided another $20 million in assistance to the City of Mississauga, $25 million for the Region of Peel, and $30 million for MiWay, to address the impact of the pandemic. Another $19 million was provided to the City for municipal transit through the Province's Gas Tax Program.
Construction of our new Long-Term Care Homes is underway in the Sheridan Park Corporate Centre in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
Thanks to a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) by Minister Steve Clark, the construction of our new, modern Long-Term Care Homes in Sheridan Park is well underway. 640 new, modern beds, and the City's first residential hospice, will be ready for residents early next year.
This project is part of our historic $2.7 billion plan to modernize Ontario's long-term care sector, and to build 30,000 new spaces over 10 years. To support this expansion, we're investing $115 million to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers (PSWs).
To support current prevention and containment efforts in 30 long-term care homes in the Region of Peel, the Province recently provided nearly $12 million; I was proud to announce that this includes over $2 million for five long-term care homes in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
A recent Town Hall meeting with my Mississauga MPP colleagues and the Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region, Dr. Lawrence Loh. We were joined by Premier Doug Ford.
In recent weeks, I've also announced significant support for our local businesses and non-profit organizations, including:
- $744,000 in Resilient Communities Fund Grants for seven local non-profit organizations;
- $155,000 in Digital Transformation Grants for 35 local small businesses;
- $108,023 in Seniors Active Living Centre Grants for the Clarkson Community Centre and the Mississauga Seniors Centre;
- $70,000 for an Economic Development Grant for the Ontario BIA Association (based in Mississauga-Lakeshore);
- $39,008 for an Arts Recovery Support Fund Grant for MonstrARTity; and,
- $12,500 for a Seniors Community Grant for the Small Arms Society.
It's important to me that everyone in Mississauga-Lakeshore has the opportunity to take full advantage of these programs. Details will always be posted on my site; for example, applications for the new Community Building Fund, to support non-profit tourism, culture, sport, and recreation organizations, will launch on March 31, 2021.
At the same time, applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which provides up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses, will close on March 31, 2021. If you have any questions about either program, or you need assistance with your applications, please contact my office. My staff and I will be glad to assist you.
Bill 255, which I've co-sponsored with MPP Andrea Khanjin, passed second reading on March 2nd.
I've been busy with several new projects since the Legislature reconvened in February. First, I was appointed to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, which reviews and holds public hearings on selected sections of Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk's Annual Reports.
Meeting with Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk.
And, like last year, I was again honoured to speak in support of the government's Supply Act, and to outline some of our most important investments since the 2020 Ontario Budget last November.
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, passed second reading on March 2nd. It was referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills.
Meeting with Lanre Tunji-Ajayi, President and CEO of the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO), and Riyad Elbard, President of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada, on Bill 255.
My first Private Member's Bill, Bill 219, the Life Settlements and Loans Act, has been referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Last month, I hosted a virtual forum on the bill with leading experts in the field, and spoke on the bill on CFRB Newstalk 1010's "Ask the Experts."
To show our appreciation for the women serving on the front lines during the pandemic, including the cleaning and kitchen staff, my team and I delivered a few special swag bags to local long-term care and retirement homes, including items from local women-owned small businesses, on International Women's Day.
Local businesses continue to give generously to support the most vulnerable in our community. I particularly want to thank Aryzta Canada for their generous contribution of 28 skids of cookie dough, which I was able to procure for the Sai Dham Food Bank, to be distributed to food banks throughout the GTA.
Delivering skids of cookie dough to the Sai Dham Food Bank.
Lysol Canada and ProClean have generously contributed many skids of disinfectant kits and hand sanitizer gel, which my team and I have helped to distribute across Mississauga-Lakeshore to our long-term care and retirement homes, child care centres, food banks, and the essential workers and vulnerable residents who need it most.
As indoor religious services can now return at 15% of capacity, I joined BeMotion Inc. Executive Chairman Hussein Abu Hassan and Business Development Manager Aaron Stiller, as they made an important contribution of non-contact human temperature screening equipment to ISNA Canada, to help detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With BeMotion Inc. at ISNA Canada in Mississauga-Lakeshore.
Here is a selection of some of the most recent news releases at Cuzzetto.com:
- Ontario Supporting Community Organizations Impacted by COVID-19 (March 16, 2021)
- 48 Local Volunteers Receive Ontario Volunteer Service Awards (March 5, 2021)
- Ontario Provides Additional Support for Mississauga and Peel During COVID-19 (March 4, 2021)
- Ontario Keeping Seniors Safe and Socially Connected in Mississauga (March 3, 2021)
- Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Day and Thalassemia Awareness Day Act Passes Second Reading (March 2, 2021)
- Ontario Delivering Much-Needed Support to Mississauga's Arts Sector (March 2, 2021)
- Ontario Increases Transit Support for Mississauga and Peel (March 2, 2021)
- Ontario Supporting Economic Growth and Job Creation in Mississauga (February 25, 2021)
- Ontario Keeping Seniors Safe and Connected in Mississauga (February 10, 2021)
- Enhanced Safety Measures in Place as In-Person Learning Resumes in Peel Schools on February 16 (February 4, 2021)
- Ontario Makes Additional Investments to Keep Students and Staff Safe (February 3, 2021)
- Local Volunteers Recognized with June Callwood Award (January 27, 2021)
- Ontario Increases Protection in Peel Long-Term Care Homes (January 23, 2021)
- Ontario’s Digital Main Street Program Helps Local Mississauga Small Businesses (January 21, 2021)
- Ontario and Canada Invest in Modern Public Transit Infrastructure for Mississauga (January 21, 2021)
- MPP Cuzzetto hosts Ontario Small Business Minister at Virtual Roundtable in Mississauga (January 19, 2021)
- Ontario Providing $19 Million for Transit in Mississauga (January 14, 2021)
- Hazel McCallion Appointed to the Order of Ontario (January 1, 2021)