My April 28, 2021 #COVID Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #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. Remember, our mental health is paramount, we need to continue to take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

You’re Invited:

Please send me your questions for Dr. Shovita Padhi

on the planning of vaccination sites across the City of Toronto.

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The City of Toronto remains subject to a provincial wide Stay-at-Home order. 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 for the most up-to-date information on public health guidelines and regulations.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 vaccine information

There is a lot of incorrect information about the COVID-19 vaccines on social media and group chats, such as WhatsApp. Accurate and trusted information can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccines webpage. If you have questions about the vaccines, you should speak with your doctor or health care provider.

*NEW* City of Toronto partners with Vaccine Hunters Canada to help residents quickly find available vaccine appointments at City-run clinics

The City is partnering with Vaccine Hunters Canada to help Toronto community members identify available next-day appointments at City-run immunization clinics. As vaccine availability becomes more plentiful next week, more appointments will be available at all nine City clinics and will be displayed @VaxHuntersCan. More information is available on the City 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. Visit the VaccineTO website regularly to see if local clinics have available appointments.

City of Toronto 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. Residents must register for an appointment.

*UPDATED* City of Toronto vaccination clinic bookings open to eligible residents

Vaccinations are available at City-operated immunization clinics for community members 60 years of age and older, and anyone 45 or older living in one of the 53 high-risk hot spot postal codes designated by the Province of Ontario. In addition, all childcare workers in licensed childcare settings will be eligible to book an appointment at a City-operated vaccination clinic through the provincial booking call centre as of tomorrow, April 29.

Hot spot postal codes in Scarborough-Guildwood include M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J and M1M. Eligible residents are to book an appointment on or by phone through the Provincial Booking Call Centre at 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-007)

*NEW* Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics

Scarborough Health Network’s Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics will be in M1P this week to vaccinate residents who are 18+. This Pop-up clinic is for M1P residents who are 18+ at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute (125 Brockley Dr) on April 29 & 30 from 10am to 8pm. Proof of address is required. For more information please visit

Select Ontario pharmacies offering 24/7 COVID-19 vaccinations. Participating pharmacies and primary care settings are now offering vaccination appointments to individuals age 40 and over. In addition, 16 Shoppers Drug Mart locations in the hot-spot communities of Toronto, Peel and York Region, will begin offering the vaccine 24/7, starting as early as today. Eligible residents can contact a participating pharmacy directly to make an appointment. Find your closest pharmacy to register 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 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 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.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of April 27, 2021) There has been an increase of 1055 COVID-19 cases in the City with 43 newly reported hospitalized cases. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 144,736 cases of COVID-19, of these, 128,384 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 3,043 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccination Update: Together, the City of Toronto, healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health have now administered more than one million COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,104,855 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Toronto is the first local health region in Canada to administer more than one million doses of vaccine. Vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

*NEW* COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker Canada: To date, 12,762,080 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across Canada. You can review regular data on doses administered, doses delivered and percentage of the Canadian population that has received at least one dose on the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker page.

City of Toronto confirms CaféTO curb lane installations will begin May 8 – News Release.

City of Toronto releases second report on COVID-19 management in its long-term care homes – News Release.

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.

Kids ReadTO (KRTO) is a virtual book club that connects children (ages 9-12) from different communities through reading! Weekly book club meetings led by professional facilitators allow kids to safely socialize online through guided reading activities, discussions and games that strengthen literacy skills and build their confidence. Space is limited, complete your child’s online registration today. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2021. Register here!

Public invited to provide feedback on proposed City of Toronto regulations for multi-tenant houses. Tell us what you think about multi-tenant housing! You can attend a virtual public meeting on May 4 or May 11. You can also complete this questionnaire, open until May 18. For more information on how to attend the virtual public meetings please visit this site.

Garden Suites Survey & Consultation: The City of Toronto is seeking public and industry opinions about Garden Suites in Toronto. To provide feedback and help shape the future of Gardens Suites in Toronto, please fill out this survey. You can also participate in a series of virtual community consultations where residents can learn more, ask questions and share comments about Garden suites. These meetings will take place on May 11, May 12 and May 13. Pre-registration is required. Learn more about Garden Suites and register for a consultation meeting here.

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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All my Best,  


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