Health Minister Christine Elliott is assuring residents who got a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that it’s safe to take the Moderna vaccine for their second shot. The province says it’s using a large supply of Moderna doses for many appointments because its shipment of Pfizer vaccines for the week has been delayed by a few days. That means residents may end up with a different mRNA shot for their second dose — but federal officials say there is no important difference between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. University of Toronto epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong says he’s concerned people will delay second doses — possibly losing momentum in what he describes as Ontario’s flourishing vaccine rollout.
Some Border Restrictions Are Lifting:
Canada’s health minister says fully vaccinated citizens will be exempt from a mandatory two-week quarantine when returning to the country as of July 5th. Officials say Canadians and permanent residents who are returning to Canada will be have to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arriving in order to qualify. Those travellers must have two doses of a vaccine approved by Canada, provide a negative COVID-19 test from 72 hours before arrival, take a second test upon arrival, and have a quarantine plan in the event the arrival test comes back positive. The first phase of easing border measures will continue to restrict foreign nationals who want to enter for non-essential reasons.
Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination program continues to make progress. The provinces are reporting 394,799 new shots were administered yesterday — for a total of more than 32.5-million doses given. Nationwide, that adds up to more than 7.4-million people — or 20 per cent of the population — having been fully vaccinated. And the effort is not slowing down — with another nearly 400–thousand new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories yesterday.
Poll On Lifting Federal Restrictions:
A new poll suggests almost two-thirds of Canadians believe Ottawa should not lift all COVID-19 restrictions too quickly. Sixty-nine per cent of respondents say restrictions should remain as people continue to get vaccinated. The online survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies also found that the pandemic has impacted the wellness of many Canadians. It mentions exercising less, gaining weight, drinking more alcohol and smoking more cannabis.
Canadians have worked hard to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following public health advice and getting vaccinated when it’s their turn. Thanks to their hard work, today we announced adjustments to our border measures for fully vaccinated travellers. pic.twitter.com/WcB92zVGcN
— Patty Hajdu (@PattyHajdu) June 21, 2021
New Mass Vaccination Clinic in Toronto:
A vaccine clinic that aims to immunize more than 10,000 people against COVID-19 is set to open at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Sunday. The city is teaming up with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Scotiabank to hold the one-day event. The campaign is called “Our Winning Shot” and aims to break a Canadian single-day clinic record.
More than 6,000 people have now booked a COVID-19 vaccine dose at Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena this Sunday.
This is our winning shot, Toronto.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) June 21, 2021
Vaccinated People in Hospital Catching COVID:
Several vaccinated people have been infected in a COVID-19 outbreak at a Toronto hospital. The outbreak at Toronto Western Hospital has so far infected five patients and three staff. The University Health Network says it’s urging staff to keep taking precautions to guard against the virus, even when vaccinated. It says the majority of the cases are more than likely the highly transmissible Delta variant but that those cases so far are mild.
Calgary Not Following Alberta’s Lead in Lifting All Restrictions:
Calgary officials say the city will not follow the province when it loosens all COVID-19 health restrictions on July 1st. After a lengthy meeting, the city council eventually adopted an amended recommendation to keep the mandatory mask bylaw in place until July 5th. That is when they will reassess the issue. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says if you want to know why they are taking this approach — look no further than the six new deaths reported in the city yesterday.
No New COVID in Nova Scotia:
The three Maritime provinces reported no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. For Nova Scotia, it was the first time in almost three months the province reported zero cases. But the province’s top doctor is urging people not to let their guards down. Dr. Robert Strang says Nova Scotians still need to follow public health measures and get vaccinated until the province gets to Phase 5 of its reopening, expected in September.
Ontario recorded 270 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, and three more deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the data is based on more than 13,800 tests. In the period there were 5 less in hospital, 10 less in the ICU and 6 less on a ventilator. 486 more cases were marked as resolved.
Ontario is reporting 270 cases of #COVID19 and over 13,800 tests completed. Locally, there are 47 new cases in Toronto, 44 in the Region of Waterloo, 42 in Peel, 22 in York Region, 12 in Ottawa and 12 in Niagara.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) June 21, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
There were 61 new COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday by Waterloo Region Public Health. The number of active cases climbed by 14 to a total of 530. Hospitalizations were up again yesterday, by 3, to a total of 57 with 22 in the ICU.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced their weekend cases yesterday. There were 21 new infections. There are now 55 active cases in the PHU and 3 people hospitalized.
🚨ICYMI: Based on the latest data, we believe the Delta variant is the most dominant form of the COVID-19 virus in @RegionWaterloo.
The Delta variant is more easily transmitted from person to person.
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) June 21, 2021
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