July 23, 2021
💉 800,000+ doses administered in Durham 💉
Stay in the know with this latest edition of This Week in Durham Region.
A message from Dr. Kyle on encouraging residents ages 18 to 39 to get vaccinated 
More than 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the Region. Individuals between the ages of 18 to 29 and 30 to 39 currently have the lowest vaccination rates in Durham Region. Residents in these age groups are encouraged to get their first and second doses as soon as possible.
All Durham residents who received a first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) can receive their second dose after 28 days. Individuals who received AstraZeneca as their first dose can receive their second dose after eight weeks (56 days).

Youth between the ages of 12 to 17 can receive a first dose of vaccine at local immunization clinics on a walk-in basis—appointments are required for second doses.

To book an appointment, visit durham.ca/VaccineAppointment, or contact the call centre booking line at 1-888-444-5113. For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Durham Region visit durham.ca/CovidVaccines. Read Dr. Kyle’s full statement for more information.
Durham Region receives funding for rapid housing 
John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, was joined by MPs Ryan Turnbull and Adam Vaughan, to announce $10.3 million in funding to create an estimated 41 new affordable homes for individuals and families in Durham Region through the Rapid Housing Initiative.

The housing units will support Canadians who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters because of the pandemic. Read the official press release
Durham Region collaborates with community partners on Oshawa Micro-Housing Project
The Oshawa Micro-Housing Pilot Project is a 10-unit micro-home community in central Oshawa that will offer temporary transitional housing with various supports, including financial assistance, employment services, mental health and addictions supports, life skills teaching and more. Occupancy is projected for fall 2021. Durham Region is partnering with Lakeridge Health, Ontario Tech University and Durham College on this project.

The Oshawa Micro-Housing Pilot Project is aligned with At Home In Durham, the Durham Housing Plan (2014-2024), which aims to end chronic homelessness in Durham.

Introducing E-Mission
The Region of Durham, Oshawa Power and Elexicon Energy have partnered on a region-wide zero-emission vehicle education and awareness initiative called E-Mission.

E-Mission includes a variety of free and fun opportunities to learn more about electric vehicles (EV). Book a free test drive at the Mobile EV Education Trailer, making six stops across the region, from July to September. Visit participating local dealerships to test drive an EV or check out the E-Mission Community Showroom to read about local early adopters and their experiences owning an EV in Durham Region.

For more information visit durham.ca/E-Mission.
Welcome back to DRT
With the province of Ontario safely and gradually lifting public health measures based on a phased-in reopening plan and province-wide vaccinations, Durham Region Transit (DRT) is pleased to welcome customers back to transit. In this video message to the community, Bill Holmes, General Manager of DRT, informs residents about health and safety protocols, contactless fare payment, summer service, and more. 
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