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 did not say which vaccines would be accepted. It’s still not clear if the United States will accept travelers who received one dose of AstraZeneca and a second dose of something else.
Ontario Quietly Allows Large Venues To Increase Their Capacity:
On Friday afternoon, right before the long weekend, the Ford government announced it was allowing theatres, spectator sports venues and several other spaces where proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to open at full capacity. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the decision was based on high vaccination levels, stable public health indicators and the vaccine certificate requirements that took effect last month. The rules also allow concert venues, event spaces and outdoor spaces with a capacity lower than 20,000 people to fully reopen. The news was particularly frustrating for restaurant and gym owner who noted that small businesses are still facing capacity restrictions while large corporations like MLSE can fill their venues to capacity.
And we are back. After 19 LONG months of restrictions and shutdowns entertainment and sport events will now have capacity limits lifted in vaccine certificated venues! A great day for many @exploreOn sectors! pic.twitter.com/QmfwNHCMsF
— Lisa MacLeod (@MacLeodLisa) October 8, 2021
A Judge Is Expected to Rule Today on Fortin:
A ruling is expected today from a federal court judge in Ottawa on Major-General Dany Fortin’s request for reinstatement as the head of Canada’s vaccine distribution campaign. A two-day hearing last month saw Fortin’s legal team and government lawyers argue over who removed him from the high-profile post in May — and why. Fortin’s lawyers say the Trudeau government pulled him for purely political reasons and violated Fortin’s rights to due process and the presumption of innocence, and represented inappropriate political interference in the military’s internal affairs. But government lawyers argue the decision ultimately rested with acting defence chief General Wayne Eyre who worried about the vaccine campaign and a military police investigation into a historical sexual assault charge against Fortin.
People Still Very Concerned About COVID in School:
A new study suggests a majority of Canadians are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and they want children and staff to wear masks. A countrywide survey of one-thousand people was conducted by the Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan. Even though 89 per cent of respondents said they were vaccinated, 70 per cent said they were still concerned about the spread of the virus in schools in their area. And 78 per cent supported wearing masks in schools.
Toronto Has It’s First School Closure of the Year:
Toronto Public Health has ordered its first full-school closure of the year. Students, staff and administrators at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute have all been sent home due to an outbreak of COVID-19. The public health agency didn’t say how many cases have been confirmed at the school. But they note that there was potential exposure to the virus at an event attended by students in multiple grades. Students will switch to remote learning for the time being as a result.
Toronto Public Health continues to support schools to reduce #COVID19 spread and issues first whole-school dismissal.
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) October 11, 2021
Quebec To Fire Unvaccinated Nurses:
Quebec reported 480 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths related to the virus yesterday. Meanwhile, Quebec’s nurses’ order says it will suspend licenses for its members who are not adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Friday. The order’s president, Luc Mathieu, says more than four-thousand of his members had not been properly vaccinated and that the status of more than 57-hundred others remains to be verified.
New Federal Modeling Data:
Last last week federal officials updated their modeling for the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Here is the news conference:
The Province did not report numbers yesterday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Hosting #Thanksgiving🦃🥧dinner at your house this year?
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 10, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health did not report numbers yesterday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: World Health Organization (Photographer unidentified)