March 18th- COVID-19 Vaccinations and COVID-19 Statistics Canada Reports
A Supportive Community
It has never been more important to rally as a community and to support one another. Kindness matters.
We are so fortunate in Kingston and the Islands to have so many individuals and service organizations that are working together to meet the needs of our community members. In that spirit, I'd like to highlight our community's celebration of Pink Shirt Day which took place this year on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. We know how important it is to take a stand against bullying and focus on treating everyone with kindness and respect. Congratulationsto the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston for their 2021 campaign, which sold over 2700 shirts and reached over 4000 people. Read more here.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued perseverance, patience, and kindness during challenging times. The shirts say it all: I hope our community continues to be safe and continues to be kind.
With Spring right around the corner, and the first few months of 2021 behind us, many of us can see that there are brighter days ahead. While we are all feeling that our turn to be vaccinated cannot come soon enough, I think it is important to recognize that our vaccination plan is now well underway, just a year following the pandemic's onset. This is an historical undertaking which has required cooperation from all levels of government. While it has not been perfect, it is important to acknowledge the achievement of our public health officials and administrators to protect Canadians.
I'd like to share a few significant COVID-19 updates with you below:
COVID-19 Vaccine Update | Online Bookings in KFL&A | Statistics Canada Update
- On March 10th, KFL&A Public Health completed administering COVID-19 vaccines to all long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes within our community. At the time of writing, over 22,500 doses of Moderna and Pfzer-BioNTech have been administered, and almost 7000 AstraZeneca have been administered by pharmacies in KFL&A
- On Friday, March 12th, the Prime Minister announced that Pfizer has guaranteed delivery of at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week starting later this month, and lasting into early May.
- To date, more than 2M Canadians have received at least one COVID-19 Vaccine - you can track that progress here. Every Canadian who would like a COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get one by September.
- Online Booking opened March 15th: Vaccine clinic appointments between March 22 and April 18 will be available initially in KFL&A for online booking through www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine by eligible residents (i.e., adults 80 years of age and older (born 1941 or earlier)). If you require assistance with booking or have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, call: 1-888-999-6488, open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Over the past year, Statistics Canada has collaborated with both public- and private-sector partners to produce a detailed look at the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the everyday lives of Canadians.
- In the process, Statistics Canada identified the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 was having on women, young people, Indigenous Peoples, Canadians living with disabilities and groups designated as visible minorities. This is essential data which informs decision-making about programs that can offer support to those most in need.
- On the road to recovery: Canada's employment rate has increased by 259,000 (+1.4%) in February, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.2% - the lowest rate since March 2020. Data retrieved from Statistics Canada.
As always, please feel free to be in touch with your questions, comments and concerns. I value your feedback and I am proud to represent Kingston and the Islands in Ottawa.
Continue to keep safe and stay well!
Mark Gerretsen, MP
Kingston and the Islands