Minister of Health announces regulations and guidance for businesses to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirementsOakville North-Burlington Update – September 17th, 2021

“I am pleased to see that Ontario’s proof of vaccination policy has resulted in an increase in vaccination rates in our province. With this policy and the introduction of vaccine certificates in Ontario, we will protect Ontarians and permit continued progress with the reopening of businesses and the economy.
 
The best defence against COVID-19 is getting a vaccination, and I am glad that Ontario is offering third doses to our most vulnerable people who need added protection. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please sign up today.” – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPPGuidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy Released

As the province continues to respond to the fourth wave of the pandemic, the government is further protecting Ontarians through continued actions that encourage every eligible person to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Ontario has released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.
In advance of September 22, all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. The Ministry is working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt including those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
Ontario is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure and convenient to show that you have been vaccinated, when required to do so. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021.
The proof of vaccination policy has resulted in a marked increase in vaccination rates. Between September 1 and September 8, 2021, the seven-day average for first doses administered increased by more than 29 per cent, from over 11,400 doses to over 14,700 doses. During that time, more than 90,000 first doses and 102,000 second doses were administered in Ontario to individuals aged 18 to 59.
To further increase vaccine uptake, the province is continuing its last mile strategy to reach eligible individuals who have yet to receive a first or second dose. This includes:The provincial call centre booking or rebooking more than 135,000 appointments;The GO-VAXX bus administering more than 3,700 doses with 50 per cent being first doses, since launching on August 7, 2021;Setting up a Provincial Vaccine Confidence Line that individuals can call to speak with an experienced agent or health specialist about COVID-19 vaccine questions; andSupporting more than 550 vaccination clinics in or nearby elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools that are currently operational or planned for the near future.To further protect those who face the highest risk from COVID-19 and the Delta variant, the government will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to additional groups, such as individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, individuals receiving active treatment for significantly immunosuppressive conditions and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Locations and timing for third doses will vary by public health unit and high-risk population based on local planning and considerations.Effie in the Community

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Terry Fox Run
 
Sunday September 19 will be the virtual Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. I will be doing my part again this year.  Please consider participating wherever you are, around your neighborhood, backyard, or around your block. You can walk, run, or ride! To participate in the run you can register online as an individual, family, or virtual team. Oakville RunBurlington Run
 
Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation – Parkinson’s in the Park Program Burlington
 
The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation will be hosting Parkinson’s in the Park exercise programs for free in Burlington and Mississauga! These programs include Tai Chi and Walking/Pole Walking classes. These classes are intended to help those with Parkinson’s get physical activity outdoors and provide them with opportunities to be in a social environment.
Walking/Pole Walking classes will be located alternately at Milcroft and Tansley Woods Parks, Tuesdays September 14th to October 5th at 1:30pm. Tai Chi will be hosted at Milcroft Park on Thursdays from September 16th to October 7th at 10:30am.
Details and registration can be found by emailing info@passionforparkinsons.org
 
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This year, from October 1-11, Rotary Burlington North will host its annual Turkey Trot virtually in support of Burlington Food Bank! Please consider joining Rotary Burlington North by walking, running or riding and help raise $25,000 for our neighbours in need this Thanksgiving. To register. 
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