I hope this email finds you safe and well following a record-breaking warm and sunny Victoria Day long weekend. With the provincial government releasing its Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen plan last week—and the reopening of some outdoor amenities over the weekend—I think we are all looking forward to the promise of summer.
I’d like to provide you with a snapshot of where we are at with vaccines at a national, provincial, and local level, and what we can expect in the months ahead:
As you may know, more than half of Canadians have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. With millions more doses coming into the country over the next weeks, this number will continue to rise quickly. Canadians were vaccinated throughout the long weekend at a rate of over 2-to-1 when compared to the United States and the United Kingdom. If we keep it up, we will be leading the G7 and G20 countries within 7 to 10 days.
As of May 25th, Ontario has received a total of 10,036,905 vaccines from the federal government. If you are interested in the forecasted distribution of vaccines for the months ahead, please visit: Vaccines for COVID-19: Shipments and deliveries - Canada.ca.
If you’re eligible to get the vaccines, please book an appointment as soon as you can. To learn more about how you can book your vaccines, and get your shot, click here: COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario.
The provincial government recently announced that they will be administering second doses of Astra Zeneca for those individuals who wish to receive a second dose. You can read more here: Ontario Proceeding with Second Dose Administration of AstraZeneca | Ontario Newsroom
Finally, eligibility to book a vaccine has opened up for individuals 12 years of age and older, as of May 23rd. You can read more here: COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Expanding to Youth 12+ Ahead of Schedule | Ontario Newsroom
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health Region
The Kingstonist recently reported some good news about vaccination rates in the KFL& A region. You can read the full article here: Dr. Kieran Moore offers positive update on COVID-19 status in KFL&A (kingstonist.com).
Some highlights below:
Changes Happening in my Office
I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize my Ottawa and Kingston staff for the work they do to address constituent concerns. Like many offices, we are receiving an extraordinarily high volume of correspondence and inquiries during the pandemic, and we are doing our best to respond to all your phone calls, emails, letters and social media messages. We appreciate your patience and understanding!
Our constituency office intends to re-open for counter service as soon as the provincial stay-at-home order is lifted. We will keep you posted.
Our team says goodbye, this week, to Parth who has worked with us in Kingston and in Ottawa since 2019. We wish Parth all the best in his future endeavours.
Our team welcomes back Kelly Banks, who will be working in Ottawa for another term this summer. Kelly will be helping me recognize the achievements of our Kingston and the Islands graduates. Stay tuned!
Celebrating Pride Month - Posters and Pins for Order!
My staff have mailed out over 900 Pride Posters this week! If you would like to order one to show your support for Pride Month in June, please contact my office. We also has Pride Pins available for order as well!
In closing, and as always, thank you for doing your part by following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated if you are able to do so.
Together, we have gotten through the third wave of this pandemic in KFL&A. This week is the first week in which we had a day where 0 cases were reported, and I am proud that our numbers continue to go down.
As of yesterday, May 26th, we have 26 active cases, and 4 hospitalizations for this region.
We have had a total of 142 out-of-region COVID-19 patients transferred for care at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. We must not forget the tremendous work that is being done locally in the fight against COVID-19.
Please keep safe, and take care.
Mark Gerretsen, MP
Kingston and the Islands
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