My #COVID #Updatte for April 14, 2021 for #Ward24 #Scarborough & #Toronto

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times.  It has been difficult for everyone. We must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe by following the public health measures in place, it is important to social distance, only gather with persons who live in your home, maintain proper hygiene by washing your hands.  It is also very important to continue to wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated. Remember, our mental health is paramount, we need to continue to take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) update on vaccine eligibility and clinic closures

Scarborough Health Network’s Scarborough Centre for Health Communities vaccination site is no longer taking vaccination appointments for the 18 to 49-year-old category. For latest information on mobile and pop-up clinics for this age category visit

Scarborough Health Network’s has made the difficult decision to close the Centennial College and Centenary hospital clinics beginning today, April 14th, as a result of the lack of adequate vaccine supply. SHN is contacting everyone whose vaccination appointment is impacted by this closing and rebooking for the earliest available opportunity.

SHN vaccination sites that are currently open include CareFirst Senior and Community Service Association, The Mid-Scarborough HUB – Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and TAIBU Community Health Care Centre.

For the most up-to-date information about vaccine appointment bookings and availability, vaccine eligibility, and vaccination clinic locations, please visit or call 1-888-385-1910 or email

Vaccine allocations (supplies and timing) to hospitals are determined by the Government of Ontario. More at COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario; Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario.

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a City-run clinic

Residents age 50 and older living in COVID-19 hot spot postal codes can book vaccination appointments at City-run immunization clinics. Residents age 60 and older can book appointments regardless of where they live in Toronto. Eligible residents are encouraged to book an appointment on or by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Information on how people from the various eligibility categories can register for vaccination appointments at City-run and/or partner clinics is available on the City’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.

Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 vaccinations for residents age 55+

Participating pharmacies and primary care settings continue to offer vaccination appointments to individuals age 55 and over. Eligible residents can contact a participating pharmacy directly to make an appointment. Find your closest pharmacy to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the Province’s website.

Vaccine Eligibility Chart

The City of Toronto has created a vaccine eligibility chart to assist residents in clarifying eligibility stages and registration questions. You can find the vaccine eligibility chart here.

How to book a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment: There are several options to book a vaccination appointment at a City-run clinic, a preferred hospital or community agency.

In-Home Vaccination for Homebound Persons

If you are a homebound person receiving care through a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services or Agencies, please contact your provider to learn whether they are able to offer in-home vaccination.

If you are homebound person who does not have a Primary Care Provider, Family Health Team, Home or Community Care or Community Support Services, please contact the Toronto Seniors Help Line at 416-217-2077 or by webchat at

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Locations Map

All COVID-19 Immunization Clinics across the city, including City-run facilities, pharmacies and hospitals, are now mapped on the City’s website. Residents can search for the clinic closest to them by location or address. Additional Ward 24 specific vaccination sites can be found here.

Vaccination appointments are available for eligible residents at all nine City-run mass immunization clinics:

Metro Toronto Convention CentreScarborough Town CentreToronto Congress CentreMitchell Field Arena  Malvern Community Recreation Centre The HangarCarmine Stefano Community CentreCloverdale MallNorth Toronto Memorial Community Centre

Do you need help getting to your vaccination appointment? The City’s Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan is piloting transportation services for seniors ages 75+ who may be unable to access or afford existing transportation options to get to their vaccination appointments. Eligible residents can book their vaccination appointment at then book a ride contact with Toronto Ride, iRide or Scarborough Ride.

COVID-19 tests are available at assessment centres, pop-up and mobile testing facilities and pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 testing locations and eligibility, including locations of upcoming pop-up testing sites, by visiting website features a map to help you easily find a testing location near you.

The City of Toronto remains under a provincial wide shutdown and subject to a Stay-at-Home order. The provincial wide shutdown requires all residents to remain home except for essential purposes. I encourage everyone to visit the City of Toronto website to review the City’s Guide for Toronto Residents and Changes to City Services.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of April 13, 2021) There has been an increase of 1332 COVID-19 cases in the City with 730 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 127,769 cases of COVID-19, of these, 112,740 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,878 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccination Update: The City of Toronto is working with all our healthcare partners and Toronto Public health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 804,008 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

Education Bank COVID-19 Update: In response to the new Provincial guidelines, the Education Bank will be closed for the month of April. The Education Bank has shifted toa curb side pickup model which will allow families to select materials for pick up at the Family Service Centre. You can complete the following Google Form to select items for pick up.

Toronto Accessibility Task Force (ATF) on COVID-19 Vaccines to address equity gaps in vaccine access for people with disabilities. The ATF was created as part of the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Immunization Task Force (ITC) outreach efforts and TOSupports: Targeted Equity Action Plan and is a collaboration between the City and community partners. Given the high risks associated with COVID-19 for people with disabilities, the ATF is set to make recommendations to immediately reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and effectively address issues around accessibility. For more information please read this news release.

High Park cherry blossoms go virtual again with #BloomAtHome, park remains open for local use. With the warm spring weather and bud development on the City of Toronto’s cherry blossom trees, the City is making arrangements for Torontonians to experience the bloom of the High Park cherry blossom trees from home again this year.  To encourage residents to stay home and stay safe, the City will provide a 24-hour 4K ‘BloomCam’ of the blossoming trees in High Park at allowing residents to experience the #BloomAtHome.

Scarborough Health Network is inviting members of Scarborough’s Muslim community to a special virtual Town Hall – COVID-19 Vaccine and Wellness During Ramadan on Sunday April 18, 2021 from 11:45 am to 1:00pm. Members of the Muslim community can join to have your questions answered, learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines available to you and your family and how you and your community can get vaccinated. Urdu, Hindi and Arabic translations will be available. For more information on how to join please see this post.  

Virtual Community Consultation Meeting for 153 Markham Road & 12, 20 & 30 Dunelm Street on April 22, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Join the City’s Planning Division for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to participate in the discussion about the proposed development on the updated status of the application and next stops for the proposal. For more information on how to join please see this notice.

Get to know your Neighbourhood Community Officers (NCOs) – Danzig Street (West Hill)! Toronto Police NCOs work in close partnership with residents to address community safety and quality of life issues. Join 43 Division’s town hall for residents of the Danzig community to meet the NCOs dedicated to your neighbourhood on April 22, 2021 at 6:30pm. Register here.

Mother’s Day Baskets for Rosalie Hall! The 43 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) is seeking donations to support the young mothers of Rosalie Hall by putting together 10 gift baskets to be presented to Rosalie Hall for Mother’s Day on Friday, May 7th. If you are able to support these courageous young mothers, please let us know by Friday,

April 23, 2021. You can reach out to the 43 Division CPLC here or at 416-808-4319. For more information please see this letter.

2021 Canadian City Parks Report Survey: Parks People is conducting research to learn more about how you have been using parks and green spaces in your city. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your responses will be anonymous and confidential. Click here to complete the survey before April 26, 2021.

Second CaféTO registration window is now open! Local restaurant operators interested in an expanded curb lane or sidewalk café as part of CaféTO can apply as part of the second registration window through Monday, April 26. Learn more about the CaféTO program, watch a helpful webinar recording, and read the updated guidebook by visiting

Short-term rental operators in Toronto must file and remit the municipal accommodation tax for the first quarter by April 30. On April 1, the City launched an online MAT reporting tool. All short-term rental operators are required to report and submit their MAT payment for the first quarter of the year by April 30, 2021. For more information please visit

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.

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*NEW*Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

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TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

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City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: 

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here:

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website with up-to-date information:

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at

All my Best,   Paul