MPP Bethlenfalvy “March e-newsletter”


Hello Everyone,

The one message I have been conveying since the start of the pandemic is to continue to follow the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health in order to keep not only you but others safe. Please continue to play your part. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.

Based on the advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health, our government will be moving Durham Region out of the shutdown and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
With the risk of the new variant, it is crucial that all Ontarians continue to follow public health advice, limiting contact with those you live with, staying home as often as possible, and only travelling for essentials.

For more information on the revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontarians Safe and Open please click: https://www.durham.ca/en/health-and-wellness/resources/Documents/Novel-Coronavirus/Control-Classification-Requirements.pdf

For more data on daily and total amount of doses of COVID vaccine administered in Ontario learn more here: Enhancing public health and workplace safety measures in the provincewide shutdown | Ontario.ca

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Seniors:
Our government will be rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors 80 years old and up, beginning March 15, and seniors in other age group will follow from April to June.

To book an appointment you will need to provide the following information:

  • Telephone number
  • Home address including postal code
  • Email address
  • Health card number

Follow this link to book your appointment online:
https://durhamvaccinebooking.ca/#:~:text=Book%20a%20COVID%2D19%20Vaccine,%2D800%2D841%2D2729

If you are unable to book your appointment online or need further assistance please contact: 1-800-841-2729 or 905-668-2020.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for different age groups:
Upcoming vaccinations for different age groups are scheduled as:

  • 75-79 years old will receive vaccines as of April 15th, 2021,
  • 70-74 as of May 1st, 2021, and
  • 65-69 as of June 1st, 2021.

Vaccine Rollout:
We are making monumental strides in distributing and administrating COVID vaccines. The new and improved plan will include vaccination sites such as, hospital clinics, mobile clinics, pharmacies, etc.

As we continue to work and receive COVID-19 vaccines through the federal government we are planning on administering adults 80 years and up by mid-March while we wrap up vaccinating front-line workers.

Our priority is to have second doses of the vaccine within long-term care homes residents as the COVID vaccine is offered to health-care workers, caregivers, long-term care workers, and Indigenous communities.

Small Business Grant
I understand the impact that business have incurred during the pandemic, that is why our government has launched the small business grant to help ease expenses.

For all eligible businesses, the grant provides funding with a maximum of $20,000. Businesses need to provide documentation that they have experienced a revenue decrease of at least 20 percent, comparing monthly revenue from April 2019 and April 2020.

To check the status of your application, applicants need to scroll down to “Check Ontario Small Business Support Grant application status” and provide your authorization number and CRA business number.

To check the status of your Small Business Grant application, click here: COVID-19 Business Support Grants (gov.on.ca)

Summer Employment Opportunities:
Our government has announced the 2021 Summer Employment Opportunities program. This annual program gives Ontarians opens the doorway to employment opportunities, building connections, and developing skills to navigate through jobs.

Applications are available at: https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/SEP.aspx

If you need more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office at: peter.bethlenfalvyco@pc.ola.org or 905-509-0336

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