Doug Says No To Everything – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Doug Ford says the stay-at-home order imposed in early April is being extended until June 2nd in an effort to, in his words, “save the summer“. Ford says it’s necessary to keep thousands of businesses and public schools closed to bring down COVID-19 cases while the province ramps up vaccinations. He says the ban on outdoor recreational … Read more

Preliminary Results Are In On Mixing Different Vaccines

Preliminary results of an ongoing study in the United Kingdom suggest alternating the COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech causes mild to moderate symptoms to happen more often. They haven’t yet determined how a combination of shots would affect the immune system’s response compared with using the same vaccine for both the prime and booster shots. Chief investigator Matthew SnapeRead more

Ontario Will Use Next Week’s AstraZeneca Delivery For Second Doses – Full COVID-19 Update

A quarter-million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are expected in Ontario next week. The province says they will be used to provide second shots to those who’ve already had one, although the timing of that is to be determined. Ontario has decided against giving more AstraZeneca first doses due to a small risk of a rare blood-clotting syndrome. The … Read more

40% Of Canadians Have Now Had At Least One Shot

Canada has hit a major milestone on the road to COVID-19 herd immunity, with 40 per cent of Canadians — 15.2 million people — now vaccinated with at least their first dose. With millions of Pfizer and Moderna shots coming in the weeks ahead, Canada should be able to get to 50 per cent by the Victoria Day weekend and … Read more

The Science Table Says That Outdoor Activities Are Safe – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and beach volleyball could safely resume even if the province extends a stay-at-home order set to expire on May 20th. Scientific director Dr. Peter Juni says those activities are low risk. But Juni says public health officials must address activities linked with the sports that pose a greater … Read more

Waterloo Region Opens Vaccine Pre-Registration For Everyone 12+

Starting today, everyone who is 12 years of age or older can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterloo Region. Pre-registration is expanding locally as the Province announces a stable and reliable vaccine supply in Ontario.

Health Canada recently approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12-15 years of age. Individuals who are 12-17 years old will receive the Pfizer … Read more

Ontario Seriously Considering Mixing AstraZeneca With Pfizer or Moderna For The Second Shot

Ontario residents who got a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will likely receive a different shot for their second dose. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of uncertain future supply of all vaccines approved for use in Canada. It’s unclear when more Oxford-AstraZeneca shots will arrive but Ontario … Read more

Brampton And Toronto Want the Outdoors Open

Toronto’s board of health is calling on the province to reopen outdoor recreational amenities that were shut when the current stay-at-home order went into effect. Board Chairman Joe Cressy says people need ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors safely. The province shut outdoor recreational facilities — except playgrounds — last month, saying the measure is meant to discourage … Read more

Williams Wants To See Less Than 1,000 Cases A Day Before Any Reopening

Ontario’s top doctor says he would like the province to get well below 1,000 daily cases of COVID-19 before current restrictions lift. Dr. David Williams says the province is bending the COVID-19 pandemic curve, but the numbers are not low enough to lift the current stay-at-home order. Ontario has been under a stay-at-home under since early April, when the government … Read more

Ontario Facing A Catastrophic Backlog of Surgical Procedures – Full COVID-19 Update

New projections suggest it will take Ontario roughly three and a half years to clear the surgical backlog caused by COVID-19. That estimate comes from the Financial Accountability Office, one of the province’s fiscal watchdogs. It says the backlog of cancelled surgeries will reach 419,200 procedures by the end of September. The watchdog says its projections on clearing the backlog … Read more

New Calls to Fully Vaccinate All Healthcare Workers – Full COVID-19 Update

Groups representing thousands of health-care workers say their members need to be prioritized for full immunization from COVID-19 as they work with patients hospitalized with the virus. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Service Employees International Union say they have asked the province to accelerate second doses for the workers. Health-care workers were amongst … Read more

Alberta Woman Dies From a Blood Clot Linked to AstraZeneca

On the same day Alberta tightened restrictions to try to stem its record-setting COVID-19 infection rate, the province is reporting its first death related to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed an Alberta woman in her 50s died from a rare vaccine-induced, blood-clotting disorder after receiving the AZ shot. Hinshaw says it is … Read more

Some Pandemic Rules Are Being Eased in Long Term Care Homes – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is loosening some pandemic rules in long-term care homes now that almost all residents are fully vaccinated. The changes mean homes and resume communal dining, indoor events and gathering. Residents and caregivers who are fully immunized are also allowed to have physical contact like hugging. The province says direction on social outings for residents will come once the current … Read more

J&J Shot Now Recommended for 30 Plus – Full COVID-19 Update

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says the Johnson and Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. But it says it should be limited to people over the age of 30 who don’t want to wait for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. NACI vice-chair Dr. Shelley Deeks says like AstraZeneca, the J&J vaccine has the potential risk of causing a rare … Read more

2-Million Pfizer Shots Arrive This Week

As COVID-19 vaccine supplies ramp up across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect to receive a shot in the coming weeks. The military commander handling logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says there will be enough vaccine delivered to give a first dose before Canada Day to every adult who wants one. Maj.-Gen. … Read more

Ontario Introduces Pandemic Sick Days – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has announced a program to provide workers with three paid sick days. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton says the measure will help workers take time off to self-isolate, monitor symptoms, get tested or get a vaccine. The program will be administered by the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and will last until the end of September. McNaughton says the … Read more

Confusion About Whether The CDC Actually Recommends Pregnant Women Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now say that pregnant women should simply consider the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination – walking back its own director’s recommendation that expectant mothers get the shot.  “CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a Friday White House press briefing.  She … Read more

Trudeau Wants Ontario Businesses to Pay For Sick Pay – Full COVID-19 Update

Some health providers and the union leaders are denouncing the Ford government’s proposal to provide paid sick days for workers by enhancing the federal sick-leave benefit. The provincial government is offering to double the federal benefit for essential workers who contract COVID-19, if Ottawa can administer the program. Prime Minister Trudeau says Ottawa is in talks with Ontario, but stresses … Read more

Ford Considering Moving 50% Of All Vaccines To Hotspots Like Peel And Toronto – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario is weighing a shift in its COVID-19 vaccination strategy that would allocate 50 per cent of doses to hot-spot areas. Health Minister Christine Elliot says the province expects to make a decision very shortly on the recommendation from its COVID-19 science advisory table to bring down surging cases. Elliott says the province has been held back by its limited … Read more

Public Health Confirms The India Variant is Here – Full COVID-19 Update

Late Friday night Public Health Ontario confirmed 36 cases of a COVID-19 variant first reported in India have been detected in Ontario. Of those, the agency says six were identified through its genomics surveillance program — all of them linked to international travel. It says the remaining 30 cases were detected through airport and border screening efforts. Public health officials … Read more

Some International Flights To Canada Suspended, But Not All – Full COVID-19 Update

For the next 30 days, no flights from India and Pakistan will be allowed into Canada, as the two countries deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases. To discourage people from getting around the flight ban by booking flights through other countries, Canada will require passengers transiting through a third nation to go through customs in that country and remain … Read more

Ford Government To Supplement Federal Sick Days Program – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ford government has indicated a paid sick-leave program for essential workers is coming in a matter of days. House Leader Paul Calandra says the government is acting now because Ottawa failed to deliver important changes to the federal sick benefit program in Monday’s budget. Calandra also says the situation is different in the third wave of the pandemic than … Read more

The US Border Closure Has Been Extended But International Flights Continue – Full COVID-19 Update

Through at least May 21st, all travellers flying into Canada from other countries are going to have to quarantine at a designated hotel for three days pending a negative COVID-19 test. The federal government is extending the quarantine rules and have also extended the border closure of non-essential travel between the US and Canada. The governments of Manitoba and North … Read more

People 40-Plus Can Get Vaccinated Starting Today – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario will begin to offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 40 and older at pharmacies and primary care offices starting today. The province announced the change Sunday after the federal health minister told a news conference the move was well within the provinces’ jurisdiction. The province had previously stuck to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendation to … Read more

Federal Budget Full Of New Spending And Massive Deficits

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is predicting Canada’s economy will bounce back this year and next from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The forecast is contained in the government’s massive 739-page budget. The federal government posted a $354-billion-dollar deficit for the pandemic year just over, and the budget projects a deficit for 2021-22 of nearly $155-billion. Freeland says … Read more

Today The Liberals Will Unveil Their First Budget In Two Years

The federal government will this afternoon unveil its spending plans to manage the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis and chart an economic course in a post-pandemic Canada. The Liberals’ first budget in two years is expected to outline the government’s plans for a national child-care system, including what strings will be attached to any spending. There are also expected to … Read more

AstraZeneca Now Available To Anyone 40 And Older In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

Both Alberta and Ontario have lowered the minimum age for receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 40. The National Advisory Council on Immunization has recommended the shot only be offered to those aged 55 and older. However, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says N.A.C.I. is currently reviewing its guidance, with an updated recommendation expected in the near future.

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