Starting April 6, the Town and Ajax Public Library staff will initiate a 70+ phone drive – a first in Durham Region – to reduce Covid vaccine hesitancy amongst seniors in Ajax. More than 3,000 seniors over the age of 70 are expected to be reached over several weeks as part of the initiative.

As the government closest to the people, the Town recognizes its unique position to support the larger concerted effort to stop the spread of the virus and drive people to vaccination sites.

In addition to encouraging sign ups, the 70+ phone drive will field questions about eligibility, the booking process, mobile clinics and transportation, and provide vaccine resources to uncertain seniors.

The collaboration between the Town and Library is just one step the municipality is taking to reach the Town’s more than 9,500* seniors over 70+. Mayor Shaun Collier will also be hosting virtual Live w/ Mayor Collier events with several groups such as the Probus Club, Rotary Club and Senior Centres during the month of April with the goal of reaching a thousand seniors.

As the number of cases continue to rise in Ajax, Ajax Council continues to stress the most effective way to combat Covid is by following public health measures and advice at all times until there is enough vaccine supply for general inoculation.

Further, Council continues to call on the Region to support and implement interventions to stop the spread of Covid such as hosting pop-up testing events in high priority communities (next event**: April 8 at the McLean Community Centre), and conducting meaningful education and outreach with vulnerable and hotspot communities in Ajax.

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“Your Ajax Council is proud to lend our support toward combatting vaccine hesitancy amongst our senior population, ensuring residents are armed with the most up-to-date information, and improving testing availability and accessibility. We remind residents that staying home saves lives. Until vaccination numbers improve and infection rates drop significantly, it is not safe to gather with friends or family this Easter long weekend. When you leave your home, remember to follow the 3W’s – wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. These simple steps are shown to improve health outcomes across our community. Thank you for your cooperation.”

– Mayor Shaun Collier

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 87,000 doses of vaccines have been administered by the Region of Durham (as per March 30).
  • Ajax continues to have the highest number of active Covid cases with 345 out of 1,030 total in the Region (as per March 30).
  • As a hotspot, the Town is monitoring the situation closely, and is ready to respond should there be a change to Durham Region’s current Red Zone position and a need to pivot some of the Town’s service offerings to remain compliant with regulation changes.
  • The Town is using Library membership and Recreation Registration databases to call seniors. Please note, calls will take place over several weeks. If you would like to be added to the call list, please contact libraryinfo@ajaxlibrary.ca or call 905-683-4000, ext. 8871.
  • Throughout the Covid pandemic the Town has provided virtual programming to support our seniors, including the Seniors Centre Without Walls and Friendly Call programs.
  • *There are approximately 9,500 residents in the Town who are 70 years old and over (as per the 2016 Census).
  • **The next pop-up testing event in Ajax is April 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Centre, 95 Magill Dr.
  • The vaccine clinic at Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) is currently taking appointments for residents 70+ and priority populations (as identified in the province’s phase one priority groups). To book an appointment, visit durham.ca/vaccineappointment. Residents who need assistance to book an appointment can call 1-888-444-5113.

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