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March 18 COVID Update
Letter From Your Councillors
Public Health announced that starting Friday, March 19 that those born in 1946 or earlier and Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) 55 years of age and older who live in Halton can book for their COVID 19 vaccinations.  You can book to get your vaccine at any of the Halton clinics as well as the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. Please note booking is on the  Halton booking system, not the Provinces. If you need assistance call 311 and staff are trained to assist you. Review the How to book your appointment information before you log on or call 311. For information on how to prepare for your appointment click here.

This welcome news comes just one day after the Region opened its fifth vaccination clinic, located in Milton. All five clinics are now open and delivering service seven days per week. As always, we are supporting the Region by sharing vaccination information through our channels, including promoting their online appointment booking system.  In addition, Oakville Transit is providing assistance with specialized transportation services (care-A-van) to the vaccination clinic in Oakville. Trips can be booked a minimum of two (2) days in advance and up to a maximum of 30 days in advance. A confirmed vaccine appointment is all that is needed.

As the vaccine rollout continues, Town staff are ready, willing, and able to support the region’s efforts, as required. We are well-positioned to provide town facilities for vaccination to the general public when needed, and staff from various departments come together regularly to plan and coordinate support in areas such as human resources, transportation, and communications. 

The Province determines who is eligible for vaccination and when. Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers will soon be eligible for vaccination as part of Phase 2 of the Province’s three-phased vaccination plan. Individuals receiving chronic home care through a Local Health Integration Network or Home Care Agency are currently eligible and will be contacted by Halton Healthcare to book an appointment.

As we continue to wait our turn for a vaccination please be mindful that the variants are highly transmittable and adhering to the protocols we all now know can help keep the community and your family safe. We encourage you to distribute this updated information widely. 

We have inserted some new information on Town spring clean-ups which we just received today.

Take care and stay safe
Janet and Dave
 
Moving into Phase 2 

Starting Friday, March 19, Halton residents who are 75 years of age and older and Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) 55 years of age and older who live in Halton can book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Appointments are available to book in March and April.

“This is another important step in our plan to get our most vulnerable Halton residents vaccinated as quickly as possible, as supplies are available,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “I would like to thank Halton Region, Joseph Brant Hospital, and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital staff who have been working tirelessly to open our vaccination clinics in each of our municipalities, and our teams who have been doing a tremendous job administering vaccinations.”
Halton Region continues to follow Provincial directions on eligibility, including vaccinating vulnerable populations as part of the Province’s three-phase vaccine implementation plan. To ensure Indigenous voices were included in decision-making for Halton’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program, the Region initiated engagement with Indigenous communities and organizations in and around Halton, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Credit River Métis Council, Indigenous Affairs Ontario, Urban Indigenous Organizations servicing the GTHA and highly regarded Indigenous healthcare professionals. These engagements will continue to ensure that Halton’s clinics are respectful of both the priority given to vaccinating this population and Indigenous cultures.
 
Halton has opened COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Burlington, Halton Hills, Oakville, and Milton. Eligible Halton residents 75 years of age and older and Indigenous adults 55 years of age and older can book their vaccination appointment at any of one the clinics, including the COVID-19 Vaccination Centre at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital starting March 19. Additional locations will continue to be identified as required. Residents are reminded that appointments must be booked through Halton’s online booking system or through 311. Bookings for Halton’s clinics are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be guided back to Halton’s system.
 
“As our vaccination program ramps up, I want to remind residents that the COVID-19 virus and the transmission of the variants is still very concerning,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “Vaccines are just one important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and we must remain vigilant – please continue to stay home as much as possible, limit close contact to

people you live with and go out for essentials only. These everyday decisions are critical over the next few weeks and months to prevent the severity of a third wave and will help to get us back to normal sooner.”
 

Important information & instructions:

  • In addition to groups currently eligible, on Friday, March 19, the following groups (or someone booking on their behalf) will also be able to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through
 Halton’s online booking system:
  • Halton residents who are 75 years of age and older (born in 1946 or earlier); and,
  • Indigenous adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) living in Halton who are 55 years of age and older.
  • While booking online is the fastest way to schedule an appointment, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked to please not call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Vaccinations are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked through Halton Region’s online system or through 311. Please do not contact clinics directly. Bookings are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be guided back to Halton’s system.
  • All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
  • Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a mask/face covering.
To learn more about Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, including who is currently eligible, transportation options, and how to book an appointment, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
 

 
Dr. Meghani explains the changes to second-dose appointments.
The Province of Ontario has announced it will extend the time interval between 1st and 2nd vaccine doses from 21 days to 16 weeks (4 months).
All vaccination sites include those in #HaltonON, must follow the directives sent from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of health.

The Province has based this decision on recent recommendations the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and research that
indicates the first dose of #COVID19 vaccines has high effectiveness against symptomatic disease and hospitalization.

Second dose appointments have been updated automatically. If you or someone you know has already booked your appointments, you do not
need to reschedule your second appointment. Halton Region will notify residents directly of their new appointment date.

This change does not apply to residents of LTC or retirement homes or Assisted Living facilities.
Extending the time between doses means that more people will be protected sooner. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
For more information on Halton’s vaccination program, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
 
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Town update
  • With more spring-like weather coming our way, Town staff is beginning opening all of the town’s tennis and pickleball courts three weeks earlier than usual this year. All our courts should be open by the end of next weekend.
  • Our annual spring litter pick-up program commences this weekend to address debris/litter that accumulated over the winter. The clean-up program follows a road priority sequence, with major roads such as Dundas Street and Trafalgar Road cleared first, followed by collector roads. We respond to debris-related inquiries on all road types (including local residential roads) as they may have safety or environmental implications.
  • The spring-cleaning of our BIA areas is scheduled to commence on Monday, March 22 (weather permitting); this early effort is being provided to support our 2021 commercial patio program. After roads are completed, we will move into stormwater pond areas. We also undertake road sweeping in the same sequence and generally complete all local residential roads by late May/early June.
  • In addition, the staff has begun to provide community groups organizing their own litter clean-up events with gloves and bags. Individuals and groups who wish to do a community clean-up can do so as long as they follow all public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Information on how to place and pick up your order can be found on the town’s Community Clean Up web page

Town Councillor Haslett-Theall:

Email:    janet.haslett-theall@oakville.ca
Phone:   289-837-3923

Regional & Town Councillor Gittings:

Email:   dave.gittings@oakville.ca
Phone:  905-844-5513

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Your Ward 3 Councillors,
Dave and Janet
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