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Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Program – April 16

UPDATE: April 9, 2021 – More priority populations can book appointments starting Friday, April 16
Starting next week – Friday, April 16, more priority groups identified in the Province’s vaccine distribution plan will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic:
– Individuals (age 18 and older) with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver:
highest-risk health conditions include:
– organ transplant recipients;
– hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients; and
– people with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis),
– haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year, or
– kidney disease (eGFR<30); and
– high-risk health conditions include: obesity (body mass index over 40), or
– receiving treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications), and
– intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome).
– Essential workers (age 18 and older) who cannot work from home (Group 1 as identified by Province):elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff);
– workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, and critical infrastructure restoration workers);
– enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, and labour inspectors/WSIB field workers);
– all licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs;
– licensed home child care and in-home service providers,
– employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement;
– foster care agency workers (including customary care providers);
– food manufacturing and distribution workers;
– agriculture and farm workers; and
– funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.
-Adults 50+ in an identified hotspot area (Adults 50 years of age and older living in the L9E postal code area, in Milton).
– Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home.I

f you know anyone who is eligible, share this information with them. Thank you.

Who is currently eligible?
Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and does not have the authority to grant exceptions. The availability of appointments will be contingent on supply. The following are residents who are currently eligible to book their appointment through Halton’s online booking system:
– all Halton residents 60 and older (born in 1961 or earlier);
– Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) living in Halton, who are 18 years of age or older (must have had their 18th birthday on or before the date of their first dose appointment);
– staff and essential caregivers from long-term care or retirement homes in Halton who have not received their first dose;
health care workers identified as highest priority, very high priority and high priority (providing direct, non-virtual care at least once a week) who live OR work in Halton; and
– adults receiving chronic home care through a Local Health Integration Network or a home care agency.
– Halton residents 55 years and older (born 1966 or earlier) can book their vaccination appointment at one of 19 participating pharmacies in Halton now offering the AstraZeneca vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and Halton Region Public Health highly recommends residents book through the pharmacy of their choice as another option to gain protection from COVID-19. Residents can quickly and easily find a location and learn how to book an appointment at a local pharmacy by visiting ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy.

What you need to know about booking your vaccination appointment at Halton Vaccination Clinic:
On Friday, April 16, more eligible groups can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system, including
– Halton residents with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver,
– certain essential workers who cannot work from home,
– Halton residents 50 years of age and older living in the identified hotspot area of Milton (L9E postal code area) and
– any health care worker who cannot work from home.

For a complete list of who is eligible and who will soon be eligible, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
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 not to call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
Vaccinations are by appointment only (no walk-ins).
Please do not contact clinics directly.
Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
Vaccinations at a participating pharmacy are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked directly through the pharmacy. If you are 55 or older, please visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine to find a location and information on how to register and book.
Eligible residents can book appointments at any one of Halton’s six COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital). Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics.
Residents who have already scheduled an appointment for vaccination through Halton Region can now verify their appointment details online, including appointment time, date and location.
Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.
All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a non-medical mask.

Already booked at a Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic? You can check and confirm your appointment details online:
If you have already booked your appointments, you can now quickly and easily verify your appointment time and location online. This includes second dose appointments that have been rescheduled to 16 weeks (4 months) after the first dose, in alignment with Provincial direction and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).Check and confirm your appointment details
Visit our website to learn more about how to prepare for your appointment, including a video from Dr. Meghani on what to expect at your appointment, or read our How to Prepare for your COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet.For more information, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics#book

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies – age 55+

Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Program – AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies for age 55 and up
UPDATE: April 1, 2021
Starting April 1, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 55 or older in 2021.You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Contact a participating pharmacy near you to book an appointment.

You must:
– be 55 years old or older in 2021
– have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card or another form of valid government-issued identification

For a listing of pharmacies offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines click https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at pharmacies require an appointment to be made in advance. As of April 3, eligible adults aged 55 and over (if 55 or older as of the day of vaccination or, if will be 55 or older in 2021) who are interested in booking an appointment, can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating pharmacy and can contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at primary care settings will expand according to available supply. Appointments are not being taken by request. Do not call your primary care providers to book an appointment – as of April 3, participating primary care providers in select areas will be reaching out to eligible Ontarians aged 55 or older.

Congregational Sharing Time

Right now, we are apart far more than we would like. We are testing to see if the e-news can help narrow that gap a little by keeping us up-to-date on what is happening with our members.

The enews will, with your consent, publish the big and little news of our lives such as birthdays, anniversaries, children and grandchildren or COVED19 vaccinations..

To share your message on the MGUC e-news, just send a note to: enewsmguc@googlegroups.com

Easter Saturday April 3rd – 5 Oakville Churches

JOURNEY WITH US TO THE CROSS

Munn’s, Trinity, Maple Grove, St. John’s, St. Paul’s United Churches
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2021
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

MUNN’S UC (5 Dundas Street East) – Jesus is betrayed and arrested
Drive into the parking lot where you will be directed to look at a display depicting the arrest of Jesus. If you wish you will be offered a scripture reading and a prayer to accompany you on your journey.
We will finish at noon.

TRINITY UC (1250 McCraney Street East) – Jesus is tried and condemned to death
Please enter the parking lot off of Sewell Drive, on the south side of the church. Signage indicating the display will be visible. You are welcome to exit your vehicle to observe, as well as take information sheets provided.

MAPLE GROVE UC (346 Maple Grove Drive) – Jesus is mocked by the soldiers/Others help carry the cross
Drive in and slowly go around the front circle or park if you would like. Witness those that help Jesus carry the cross or you may carry the cross for a moment (if you have parked).  A description of this part of the pilgrimage will be provided, along with a prayer.  
Donations of unused socks or used/unused shoes will be collected at Maple Grove for local missions assisting street people.   

ST. JOHN’S UC (262 RANDALL STREET)  – Jesus on the cross and his death
Please come north on Dunn Street as the cross will be on the east lawn just south of the Church.  You may only be able to pause on the street but if you wish to receive a wooden cross made from please roll down your window and a volunteer will hand one to you.

ST. PAUL’S UC (454 Rebecca Street)  – Jesus taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb
St. Paul’s has two entrances into its parking lot.  Enter the east entrance, closest to the YMCA.  You will drive to the right and drive in front of the church along Rebecca Street.  People will be handing out flyers and saying hello.  You are invited to bring items for Food4Kids Halton.  They need the following items: Canned Soup, Canned ham/chicken/turkey, baked beans in tomato sauce, Annie’s or Kraft Mac & Cheese, canned chickpeas or beans, canned pasta, Uncle Bens Bistro Express Basmati Rice, and grocery store gift cards in any amount.

Were You There
(African-American Spiritual)

Halton Crisis Lines

If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 9-1-1, go to your local hospital or contact any one of the help lines below:

Kids Help Phone1-800-668-6868

LGBT Youth Line: text 647-694-4275

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) provides Halton residents, aged 16 and over, experiencing a mental health crisis with immediate outreach and support. Anyone can call the COAST crisis line which is answered by a trained mental health crisis worker 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.

COAST crisis line: 1-877-825-9011

COAST is funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association of Halton and by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

61st Annual MGUC Fertilizer Sale is alive and well!

thick green grass

The committee has been hard at work making changes to respect COVID protocols and protect our customers and volunteers. With that in mind, we will be curbside pickup only on April 17th. We are offering last year’s prices and have added some new products to the lineup, while offering some “old favourites”, and Green Horizon “Big Yellow Bags” of soil and Mulch are back too.

We are encouraging all customers to order early to avoid disappointment! All fertilizer and seed products must be pre-ordered and pre-paid by April 15th and picked up at the church on April 17th. You can order: online from the comfort of your home office; mail your order with payment postmarked no later than April 8th; drop your order form (with payment) into the secure mailbox at the rear door of the church by April 15th; or have a volunteer pick up your order form.

New Volunteer Leaders for Kerr Street Mission Meals Program

I am pleased to advise that we have two new leaders for the above mentioned program.  They are Carol Heimbach and Wendy Duff.  They are both active in the local community and have experience in supporting Kerr Street Mission. They, along with a strong team of volunteers, will continue Maple Grove United Church’s long tradition of supporting this program for those less fortunate through the Kerr Street Mission (KSM) Meals Program. 

Traditionally this program has involved purchasing, preparing and serving meals to those in need at KSM. However, with current covid-19 limitations, we are now asked to purchase prepared meals and KSM will distribute.  Hopefully we will get back to the traditional program as the restrictions ease.

If you would like to help with this very worthy cause, please feel free to contact  Wendy or Carol at their email addresses:
wendyduff0 @gmail.com or
carolheimbach @cogeco.ca – (Copy the addresses and remove the extra space before the “@” when you paste.)

This program is supported solely through generous donations from our congregation and with covid-19 the needs are only amplified.  If you would like to provide your financial support please follow any of the steps below and you will receive a tax receipt:

 ·         By cheque payable to Maple Grove United Church (be sure to note “KSM Meals” in the memo space of the cheque).  Cheques may be mailed to the church office or dropped in the lock box to the right of the West side entrance.

·         By designating KSM Meals for part of your monthly donation through PAR if you are taking advantage of that system (contact Paula Warden to initiate)

·         By clicking on the Donate button on our website

·         By placing cash or cheque in your Offering Envelope and marking it for KSM Meals.  Leave the envelope in the drop box to the right of the West side entrance of the church.

Regards,
Hugh Wanless
Outreach Committee

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