The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world. From the start, Niagara Region has been on the frontlines of the response to this crisis, ensuring our residents remain safe and continue to access the services they need.
Led by our team in Public Health, the Region has put more than 275,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in resident's arms. Together with local hospitals, pharmacies and family doctors, we've helped put nearly 750,000 shots into the arms of Niagara residents. With vaccines being approved for younger children, and booster shots being scheduled for other residents, Public Health will continue to play a key role in distributing more vaccines, helping to save lives, and ending the pandemic.
We secured almost $36 million in COVID-19 relief funding from the provincial and federal governments to ensure service continuity without raising property taxes. At the same time, the Region took many actions to mitigate costs related to the pandemic, including an extensive internal redeployment program which ensured areas such as long-term care and public health had the support they needed.
With more than 90 per cent of Regional staff involved in essential work, the Niagara Region team continued to be there for you, working hard throughout the pandemic. From protecting our vulnerable seniors to making sure your drinking water was safe, the Region continued to provide all of its essential and mandatory services throughout the pandemic.
From questions about COVID-19 symptoms to inquiries about changing guidelines and restrictions, Niagara Region has responded to over 125,000 phone calls, emails and live chats from residents and businesses since the beginning of the pandemic.
To further support business, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Niagara, the Region responded by creating a rapid response team to connect our local businesses with the supports they needed.