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Education workers in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods eligible for vaccine next week: Ford

Education workers in Toronto and Peel Region's high-risk neighbourhoods eligible for vaccine next week: Ford

2021-04-07 9:55:00 PM

Education workers in Toronto and Peel Region 's high-risk neighbourhoods eligible for vaccine next week: Ford

All education workers in high-risk neighbourhoods in Toronto and Peel Region will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 shot starting next week, the Ford government announced Wednesday.

Ontario’s education minister has vowed to keep schools open as community transmission of the novel coronavirus continues to surge and teachers’ unions in Ontario have been calling on the province to expand vaccine eligibility to education workers.The province says as vaccine supply allows, teachers in high-risk neighbourhoods in other regions will be offered a shot, including teachers in York Region, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton, and Durham Region.

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Schools in Toronto and Peel Region are currently closed until at least April 18 after the medical officers of health in both regions used their powers under the Health Promotion and Protection Act this week to suspend in-person learning.Vaccine will be offered to people ages 18+ in high-risk neighbourhoods

During Wednesday’s news conference, the province also confirmed that as part of Phase 2 of its vaccination distribution plan, people aged 18 years and older who are living in regions with the highest rates of transmission with be prioritized for a shot, starting with those most at-risk in Peel Region and Toronto.

The province said it will also start vaccinating all adult workers at large workplaces in hot spot neighbourhoods.A number of GTA mayors have been advocating for vaccination of workers in settings where high rates of transmission have been occurring."We need to get the vaccines where they will have the greatest impact as quickly as possible," Ford said on Wednesday.

He said mobile teams are being organized to get vaccines to high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods. In those settings, he said, the vaccine will be offered to people ages 18 and older.

The province said pop-up vaccine clinics will also be set up in the hardest hit neighbourhoods.Ford said he believes that if Ontario continues to receive the scheduled shipments of vaccine from the federal government, 40 per cent of all adults in Ontario will have received their first dose by the end of April.

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Again. If there is all this unspent money for sick pay, yet people continue to go to work sick, where is the disconnect? Not lack of awareness. Its E.I. That's great. But it takes 1 exposure to put all the kids and their teachers/guardians in class/recess/bus and the families at home, at risk. Please open up vaccination for ALL ages.

Dont know which federal govt Ford is referring too where money applied for shows up 'in a few days'. Lots of folks chasing $ weeks after applying. EI as the purveyor of sick pay is the least efficient way to deliver. Thus the huge pool of unused $ How about education workers in York region How about schools go online for the rest of the year so teachers don't need to be prioritized? Hundreds of thousands of shots can be routed to essential and hotspots. Its a 'daycare' issue, don't need all ages in schools. I'm lucky my kids are old enough to be home so I can work

How about all other essential workers who have been working since this pandemic? Teachers can fuck right off! They get so many days off but yet are eligible🖕🏼