Christine's Chronicle - May 2021

Published on May 13, 2021

With the help of public health units, hospitals, pharmacies and other health system partners, our government continues to make great strides in Ontario’s vaccine rollout. As of May 11, over 6.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and over 50 per cent of all adults in York Region have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!

This is exciting news, and the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter each day with every dose of the vaccines administered.

For this month’s Chronicle, I want to take a moment to share an update on Ontario’s vaccine rollout.

Now that Ontario is receiving a stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply from the federal government, we continue to expand eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to more Ontarians through the provincial booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. This will ensure that we can get as many vaccines into arms as quickly and safely as possible, with a focus on protecting those at the greatest risk.

Through our collective efforts, we are on track to administer first doses to 65 per cent of all adults by the end of May, a very exciting milestone, and we anticipate individuals aged 18 and older will be eligible to book through the provincial booking system as early as the week of May 24, 2021.  I encourage everyone to book your vaccination appointment as soon as you are eligible.

As we receive more vaccines, our government is committed to working with our local municipal partners to ensure an effective and efficient vaccine rollout for our communities and to mobilize every available channel for vaccine delivery.

On May 6, I met with the Small Urban GTHA Mayors alongside Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Dr. Homer Tien, Chair of the Ontario’s Vaccine Distribution Task Force, to provide an update on Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. This year has been challenging for our GTHA communities that have been hit hard by the third wave of COVID-19 driven by variants. By working together and continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk, we can quickly reduce the impact of COVID-19 in these communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives.

That is why we continue to rapidly ramp up our rollout to support our most at-risk communities, allocating 50 per cent of vaccine shipments to hot spot communities, including those in York Region, during the weeks of May 3 and May 10. This targeted, time-limited approach is designed to reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our most at-risk communities that face a disproportionate impact from the virus.  At the same time, this approach does not impact the allocations for public health regions with fewer designated hot spots, which remain the same as previously planned and will increase later this month.

Thank you to the members of our community for continuing to do your part to stop the spread of this virus and support our community as we fight this terrible virus. Our government continues to use every tool at our disposal to address the challenges facing our health system and protect the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians.

We will rebuild and be stronger than ever before, so that we can continue to say that Ontario, including our wonderful York Region community, is the best place to live, work and raise a family.