Unvaccinated Healthcare Workers Will Be In Court Today – Full COVID-19 Update

The case of unvaccinated workers challenging a Toronto hospital network’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is set to be in court today. Last week, Ontario Superior Court Justice Sean Dunphy issued a temporary injunction that paused enforcement of the hospital network’s deadline for staff to be immunized. The University Health Network had said that any staff members who didn’t receive both shots … Read more

Ford “Gets it” If Parents Are Hesitant About Vaccinating Young Children – Full COVID Update

Premier Doug Ford says he “gets it” if parents are hesitant to have their five- or six-year-old children vaccinated against COVID-19 — even if the parents are vaccinated themselves. Speaking at an event in Ottawa yesterday, Ford said he wants everyone to get vaccinated, including health-care workers and eligible children, which is kids 12 years and older. But … Read more

Today We Learn How Bad The Backlog In Healthcare Is – Full COVID-19 Update

A group representing Ontario doctors is set to release new information about the pandemic backlog of care and a report recommending solutions to the province’s most pressing health-care challenges. The Ontario Medical Association says the report will provide 75 recommendations for implementation over the next four years. They will touch on five priority areas including reducing wait times and the … Read more

The Science Table Wants Vaccine Mandates For Hospital Workers – Full COVID-19 Update

A science advisory group is in favour of a hospital vaccine mandate in Ontario, saying it would reduce the risk of staff shortages. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table shared its written response yesterday to Premier Doug Ford’s recent call for input on the issue. In the response, the group says that a mandatory vaccination policy is evidence-based and would … Read more

Ontario Is About To Start Accepting ICU Patients From Saskatchewan – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario hospitals will accept at least six critically ill COVID-19 patients from Saskatchewan at various locations over the next 72 hours. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the transfers will ensure the patients receive the best level of care possible. The transfers are coming as the fourth wave of the pandemic has overwhelmed intensive care units in the western province and … Read more

Everyone Can Now Download Their Vaccine QR Code – Full COVID-19 Update

All Ontarians vaccinated against COVID-19 can now download enhanced, scannable certificates. The provincial government says the documents will allow for faster entry into settings that require proof of vaccination. Under Ontario’s vaccine certificate program, only those who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — or have a valid medical exemption from a doctor — can access certain settings. They include theatres, … Read more

The Land Crossing With America Will Open Next Month

The Biden administration says the United States will reopen its land borders to non-essential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian vacationers and day-trippers have perhaps been the greatest casualties of the land-border closure. Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the US, Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as … Read more

Merck Applies For Approval For It’s New Oral Anti-Viral Drug Treatment

Drugmaker Merck has asked US regulators to authorize its pill for treating COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. Merck reported earlier this month that in clinical trials, the pill cut hospitalizations and deaths by half among patients with early symptoms of COVID-19. Since the pandemic started, health experts … Read more

People Who Got AstraZeneca Will Soon Be Able To Visit America – Full COVID-19 Update

Canadians immunized with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to travel to the US when new travel rules come into play next month. The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by the World Health Organization, but not by the US Food and Drug Administration White House officials said last month the US would begin welcoming fully vaccinated international travelers in November, but … Read more

Quebec Paying Out Big Bonuses To Attract Nurses

Quebec’s health system has welcomed more than a thousand full-time nurses since the province offered one-time bonuses of up to 18,000 dollars to help fill critical labour shortages in the network during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 700 part-time nurses have switched to full-time work, 56 nurses have come out of retirement, and 231 new people have been … Read more

Trudeau Orders The Entire Federal Civil Service to Get Vaccinated Or Lose Their Job – Full Update

Federal workers will be put on unpaid administrative leave if they aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the 29th of this month. The new policy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled yesterday applies to the core public service, airline and rail employees and passengers. Trudeau says exemptions will be difficult and onerous to obtain, and simply having a personal conviction that … Read more

Trudeau About To Make Vaccines Mandatory For Federal Workers – Full Daily Update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to make an announcement today about COVID-19 vaccines, and it may concern mandates for federal employees. Stephane Aubry, vice-president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, says if the government’s draft mandatory-vaccine policy stands, it looks like the Treasury Board is leaning toward making vaccination a condition of employment. He says … Read more

Only 80% Of School Staff Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19 – Full Daily Update

Ontario’s education minister says about 80 per cent of school staff have attested to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is roughly the percentage of vaccination seen in the eligible population provincewide. The government has said employers in settings considered high-risk for COVID-19, including schools and hospitals, need to have workers immunized against the virus or regularly tested for it … Read more

LTC Care Workers Must Be Vaccinated – Full COVID-19 Update

The Ontario Hospital Association and two long-term care associations are applauding the announcement that all long-term care staff must be vaccinated, but say it should go further. Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips says all in-home staff, support workers, students and volunteers must be vaccinated by November 15th — previously unvaccinated staff just had to get regular testing. The Ontario Long-Term … Read more

Another Arrest Related To Millions In COVID Relief Money – Full Update

Provincial police have made another arrest in an alleged scheme involving millions in Ontario COVID-19 relief funding. OPP say 41-year-old Manish Gambhir of Brampton is charged with possession of an identity document and possession of property obtained by crime. Police say the arrest is part of the same investigation that previously led to charges against a former bureaucrat, his wife, … Read more

New Modeling Data Is Out – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario’s science advisors say the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections has currently flattened in the province thanks to public health measures and immunizations. But the science table says the situation is fragile and future projections are wide-ranging. The group says there’s uncertainty in its predictions because it’s too early to see the impact of in-person schooling and work resuming, and … Read more

80% Of Ontarians 12+ have been Fully Vaccinated – Full COVID-19 Update

Ontario has reached a milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott says more than 80 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have now received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.  Loosened capacity limits have now taken effect at certain venues where proof of vaccination is required, including arenas, stadiums, concert halls and theatres.… Read more

Calls to Add New Restrictions In Universities – Full COVID-19 Update

A union representing workers on university campuses in Ontario is calling for the government to put classroom capacity limits and distancing requirements in place. Ontario announced earlier this month that it wouldn’t need distancing or class caps when post-secondary institutions resume in-person learning. CUPE President Fred Hahn says the universities’ proof-of-vaccination and mandatory masking policies are not enough to stop … Read more

Ford Pleads For Calm And Kindness With The Vaccine Passports – Full COVID-19 Update

Premier Ford is asking residents not to take out their frustrations with the province’s new proof of vaccination system on businesses and their staff. He says business owners and front-line workers deserve people’s support because they’ve gone through so much during the pandemic. Ford repeated during a briefing yesterday that vaccine certificates are a temporary measure that will help avoid … Read more

Ontario’s Vaccine Certificate Program Kicks In Today

Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate system goes into effect today and businesses say they are ready for it.  James Rilett, Restaurants Canada’s vice-president for Central Canada, says restaurants are as prepared as they can be, but are expecting confrontations with some patrons. Ontario’s vaccine certificate system certificate program will force patrons at dine-in restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, sports facilities and other venuesRead more

Tam Is Warning Of Never-Before-Seen Infection Rates – Full COVID-19 Update

Federal health officials warn Canada could soon face never-before-seen COVID-19 infection rates. Chief public health officer Doctor Theresa Tam says infection rates are exploding, with unvaccinated Canadians making up the vast majority of new hospitalizations. Infections from the Delta variant of COVID-19 have skyrocketed in some parts of the country, including Alberta, where a health emergency was declared. Tam warns … Read more

Alberta Introduces Tough New Restrictions – Full COVID-19 Update

Facing a COVID-19 crisis threatening Alberta’s health system, Premier Jason Kenney has declared a state of public health emergency and reinstated restrictions he lifted on July 1st in a new attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. His United Conservative government has reintroduced limits on gatherings, along with elements of a vaccine passport system. Alberta has over 18,000 active COVID-19 … Read more

The Plan For Vaccine Certificates In Ontario – Full COVID-19 Update

The province says businesses and patrons could be fined if they don’t follow new vaccination requirements taking effect next Wednesday. Patrons will initially be required to show a paper or digital receipt of vaccination along with a form of government-issued ID to enter settings that include restaurants, theatres and gyms. Businesses will have to ensure the name and date of … Read more

The Plan For Unvaccinated Ontario Teachers

Ontario school boards have received more details from the province around protocols for unvaccinated staff who must take twice-weekly rapid COVID-19 tests. The deputy education minister says testing is to be done at home, at least three days apart, and no more than 48-hours before coming to work. The province has instructed all boards to implement the vaccination rules no … Read more

Scientists Say It’s Way Too Soon For A COVID Booster Shot – Full COVID-19 Update

An international group of scientists is arguing the average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet. Two of those scientists are top US vaccine regulators, raising questions about whether White House plans for booster doses are getting ahead of the government’s own experts. The group analyzed a long list of worldwide studies and concluded the shots still work well despite … Read more

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