My #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto for April 16, 2021

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.

Today, the Province of Ontario announced that it is extending and strengthening the provincial wide shut down and Stay-at-Home order for an additional 2 weeks. Enhanced public health measures and enforcement comes into effect Saturday, April 17 at 12:01am. The provincial wide shutdown requires all residents to remain home except for essential purposes. I encourage everyone to review the Province’s COVID-19 public health measures and advice, the City’s Guide for Toronto Residents and Changes to City Services.

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.

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.

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. Hot spot postal codes in Scarborough-Guildwood include M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J and M1M. Residents age 60 and older can book appointments regardless of where they live in Toronto. Eligible residents are to book an appointment on or by phone through the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-007)

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) vaccination registration and locations

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. Vaccine appointment booking, eligibility and locations please visit or call 1-888-385-1910 or email

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.

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.

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 can 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 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.

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.  

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of April 15, 2021) There has been an increase of 1527 COVID-19 cases in the City with 813 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 130,502 cases of COVID-19, of these, 114,535 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,900 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, 847,932 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 to a 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.

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.

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

City of Toronto issues first debenture this year to help fund key capital projects – News Release

City of Toronto plans pothole repair blitz tomorrow – News Release

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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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

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