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Additional immunization appointments available to high and highest risk individuals including pregnant women

The COVID-19 Immunization Clinic, operated by Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), is offering additional vaccination appointments starting today for those individuals with high and highest risk health conditions.

Due to the increase number of critically ill pregnant individuals being observed in Wave 3, pregnant women are now eligible to register and book a vaccination appointment under the highest risk health conditions.

How to book an appointment

For individuals who are 60+, please book through the provincial booking site at covid-19.ontario.ca/. This applies for those with future appointments wishing to reschedule for one of these newly available appointments.

For highest risk and high-risk health conditions, pregnant women and special education staff, please call the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900 or the Sperling Drive COVID-19 Immunization Clinic at 705-797-3159 to book an appointment for one of the newly available appointments.

People eligible include:

Organ transplant recipients

Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients

People with neurological diseases that may compromise respiratory function

Haematological malignancy diagnosed in the last year (2020)

Kidney disease eGFR <30

Treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g. chemotherapy)

People with Body Mass Index >40 

People with intellectual or developmental disabilities

Pregnant individuals

The eligibility categories, as defined by the provincial strategy, can be found at Ontario.ca.

For the most up-to-date information visit the RVH website www.rvh.onca

Township services impacted by additional Stay-at-Home Orders

Township of Springwater / April 20, 2021 – On Friday, April 16, 2021, the Province of Ontario announced that the province-wide emergency declaration and Stay-at-Home Order would be extended by an additional two weeks. New enforcement measures and restrictions have been implemented to restrict the rapid transmission of the COVID-19 virus throughout the Province.

Measures include, but are not limited to:

Outdoor gatherings are strictly limited to members of the same household only, or with one other household if that individual lives alone.

In-person shopping at stores that primarily sell food, pharmacy or grocery are restricted to 25% capacity.

Only essential construction is permitted to continue. This includes critical infrastructure such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. Residential construction is also permitted to continue.

Outdoor recreational amenities including sports fields, outdoor fitness equipment and basketball courts are closed.

Restricting indoor participation at places of worship, funerals and weddings to 10 people.

Checkpoints have been created to restrict mobility at interprovincial borders with exceptions for work, transportation of goods and medical appointments.

As a result of the new enforcement measures, the following municipal services and facilities are affected:

All Township facilities remain closed to the public. Staff are available to provide assistance by phone and email. Contact information is available at www.springwater.ca/contact

All Township of Springwater sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, outdoor fitness equipment and outdoor pavilions are currently closed to the public.

Playgrounds will remain open for public use, as per the updated Provincial announcement on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Be advised that playground equipment is not sanitized. Please maintain 2 metres of physical distancing when using playground equipment.

Building inspections that do not meet provincial criteria will be suspended.

The Springwater Public Library will continue to offer curbside service to residents.

For additional information on the provincial Stay-at-Home Order measures and restrictions visit the provincial website at Ontario.ca/covid19.  For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in our area, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at smdhu.org/COVID19.

Parents to Begin Receiving Direct Support Under Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit on April 26

April 25, 2021 – TORONTO – Today, Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education, made a statement about the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit:

 “As we have done before, our government is again providing direct relief to families to help offset additional costs incurred as a result of the pandemic. I am pleased to confirm that payments to parents through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit will begin tomorrow, April 26, 2021, to help working parents of students aged 0 through Grade 12, and up to age 21 for children and youth with special needs, with direct financial support during this pandemic. 
COVID-19 has imposed many costs on moms, dads and caregivers across the province, and we are committed to helping them through this incredible challenge. To make this easier on families, individuals who previously received the Support for Learners payments will not be required to reapply — you will automatically receive your payment.  We also know affordable child care is critical to working parents, which is why our government supported the creation of 16,000 new spaces in 2019-20. We are also proposing to enhance the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit by 20 per cent for 2021, which would increase support from $1,250 to $1,500, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families. Ontario is committed to building an affordable child care system that is flexible and responsive to the unique needs of all families.”

 Background:

 The government is providing a new round of payments through Ontario’s COVID-19 Child Benefit. In total, Ontario will have provided families $1.8 billion since last March. The payment will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for any child and youth up to age 21 with special needs. The government is automatically providing this round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, and money will begin to flow April 26th.  Parents who received a confirmation email but have not received their payment by May 10 should contact the call centre for further information — toll-free at 1-888-444-3770, and toll-free TTY at 1-800-268-7095.

Parents who did not apply for or receive the Support for Learners program can apply for the new funding starting May 3 with a deadline of May 17. Applications will be open on Monday, May 3, 2021. More information about how to apply will be available at Ontario.ca/covidchildbenefit shortly.