Public Health May Go With Regional Vaccine Certificates If Ford Doesn’t Step Up – Full COVID-19 Update

Public Health May Go With Regional Vaccine Certificates If Ford Doesn’t Step Up – Full COVID-19 Update

A group representing Ontario’s public health units is the latest to call for a provincial vaccine certificate system, restricting access to non-essential activities to those who are fully immunized. The head of the Local Association of Public Health Agencies says the province needs a standardized system as more businesses and institutions are requiring vaccination for access. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says in the absence of provincial direction, the group is exploring regional approaches to COVID-19 vaccination policies. Peel Region’s top doctor said this week that the COVID-19 hot spot is looking at options for a local vaccine certificate system if the province doesn’t develop one.

 More Strict Vaccination Policies Are Coming to Some Universities:

At least three universities in Ontario have announced stricter COVID-19 vaccine policies for students and staff returning to campus next month. Carleton, Western and McMaster announced this week that those who are unvaccinated without a valid exemption will not be able to access their campuses in Ottawa, London and Hamilton. They had previously said those who chose not to get vaccinated had an option to take regular COVID-19 tests. Their vaccination policies require students to have at least a first dose of vaccine by early September and to be fully immunized by mid-October. 

Toronto Teachers Must Be Vaccinated:

The Toronto District School Board will require staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who don’t will have to attend an education session on the benefits of vaccination, and potentially face other consequences. Trustees voted unanimously in favour of the measure. The board has been directed to develop a vaccination policy by the time school starts on September 9th.

For-Profit LTC Will Require Vaccinations Amongst Staff:

A group of major Canadian long-term care operators will require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff this fall. Chartwell Retirement Residences, Extendicare, Responsive Group Inc., Revera Inc., and Sienna Senior Living issued a joint statement this morning about the plan. The group says employees who aren’t fully vaccinated as of October 12 will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence. 

 Canadian Travellers Finally Get The Green Light From The UK:

Canadians travelling to the United Kingdom will not be required to quarantine upon arrival as of Monday. The British Department for Transport says Canada and other countries are moving to its green list for travel as visitors who pose a low risk to public health in the United Kingdom. The UK High Commission in Ottawa announced the new changes in a post on its Twitter account.

Ontario Numbers:

There were 678 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario yesterday and no new deaths from the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott said 537 of the infected people were not vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. There were 165 patients hospitalized with COVID-related critical illness, including 89 patients on ventilators. 82 per cent of Ontario residents aged 12 and older have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received both doses.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health says there were 25 new cases yesterday but no new deaths. Hospitalizations went back up to 10 and the number of active cases increased to 151.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed 11 new cases yesterday. 7 of those were in Dufferin and only 3 in Guelph. Active cases are now up to 76 and there are 2 people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

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