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 another COVID-19 lockdown. There are penalties for non-compliance but he says enforcement will take an educational approach at first.
Canada Now Has Way Too Many Vaccines And Will Have To Give Away Millions:
Vaccine deliveries to Canada are being paused because provinces already have more doses than they can currently use. Canada was to get 95-million doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of this month, but is currently about 20-million doses shy of that. The country is already sitting on a stockpile of 18.7-million doses and doesn’t need any more to fully vaccinate eligible people over the age of 12. Officials are currently working on plans to donate Canada’s excess doses of Pfizer and Moderna.
The fight against COVID-19 isn't over yet. For an update on the current situation, I connected with Dr. Tam (@CPHO_Canada) today – we’ll continue to base our decisions on the latest science, do whatever it takes to keep you safe, and work together to end this pandemic for good.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 22, 2021
America Doubles It’s Pfizer Order:
President Joe Biden says the US is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world. Biden made the commitment at a virtual vaccine summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. He is embracing a goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of the global population within the next year. World leaders, aid groups and global health organizations are growing increasingly vocal about the slow pace of global vaccinations and the inequity of access to shots between residents of wealthier and poorer nations.
As we fight COVID-19 here at home, we need to continue our efforts overseas. That’s why today, I announced we’re increasing our total vaccine donation to over 1.1 billion doses — more than every other country combined.
That’s American leadership on the global stage.
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 22, 2021
Quebec to Outlaw Certain Protests:
Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he plans to table a bill today that would ban anti-vaccine protests near schools and hospitals. The three main opposition parties say they are willing to help adopt it quickly. Legault says the bill would include fines for people “who are going to hold anti-vaccine protests close to schools and hospitals”. At least five protests have taken place outside primary and secondary schools in Montreal since classes resumed last month. Protests have also occurred outside hospitals.
There were 463 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and seven more deaths linked to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 332 of those new cases are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. Elliott says 299 people are hospitalized with the virus and 187 people are in intensive care. The Ministry of Health says 85.3 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 79.4 per cent have two doses.
In Ontario, 21,475,030 vaccine doses have been administered. 85.3% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and nearly 79.4% have two doses.
299 people are hospitalized with #COVID19. 271 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 28 are fully vaccinated.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 22, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health says there were just 17 new cases yesterday and 2 new deaths from COVID-19. The deaths were in a woman in her 70’s and a man in his 80’s. Hospitalizations increased by another 2 patients to a total of 12. Active cases dropped by 46 to 170.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed 11 new cases yesterday. 5 were in Guelph, 4 were in Wellington and 2 were in Dufferin. There are now 163 active cases with 6 people hospitalized.
Heading to a restaurant, the gym or a movie? Don’t forget your #COVID19 vaccination receipt and ID!
— Ontario Ministry of Health (@ONThealth) September 22, 2021
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