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 that would mean even federal staffers who work from home or outside of the country will have to be vaccinated to keep their jobs. Trudeau promised in August that his government would make vaccinations mandatory in federally regulated workplaces, including for anyone boarding a plane or train.
Dr Moore Disappointed With The Unvaccinated Teachers:
Ontario’s top doctor says he’s surprised by the provincial announcement that only 80 per cent of school staff have attested to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Kieran Moore says he’d be disappointed if that’s the true number, and he hopes to see a continued rise in the number of staff getting vaccinated. Moore made the comments as he announced a rapid COVID-19 testing program for schools in areas where the risk of transmission is very high and vaccine coverage is low. He says testing will not be widespread due to the risk of false positives, and will be limited to unvaccinated, asymptomatic children who are not high-risk contacts of a known case.
Youth Can Use A Photocopy Of Their ID:
Health Minister Christine Elliot says youths can use copies of passports, birth certificates and other ID under the province’s new proof of COVID-19 vaccination system. Those 12 and older need to show accepted forms of ID as well as proof of vaccination to access non-essential businesses and services such as gyms and restaurants. Elliot says a photocopy or digital version of an identification document is not generally acceptable, but is permitted for youth under 18. Restaurants Canada says youths don’t usually carry around birth certificates or passports and staff have been forced to use discretion when enforcing the proof of vaccination system for younger people.
New Canadian Research on the Delta Variant:
A study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death than other strains. But the report says the dangers are drastically reduced with vaccination. David Fisman, co-author of the study and epidemiologist with the University of Toronto, says Delta emerged in Ontario in April and was dominant in the province by July. Fisman says the COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the risk of hospitalizations, ICU admission and death, even against the Delta variant.
— David Fisman (@DFisman) October 5, 2021
AstraZeneca Applies for Approval Of a New Drug:
Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of an antibody treatment to prevent COVID-19. The company says the treatment would be the first long-acting antibody combination to receive an emergency use authorization for COVID-19 prevention. The FDA has authorized three other antibody drugs already.
Viral vector #vaccines use a modified version of a virus (a carrier) to deliver genetic instructions to the body’s cells. The cells then produce harmless antigens which trigger a lasting immune response. #whatsciencecando https://t.co/EGbv9c6VMN pic.twitter.com/cGQcTvNzlO
— AstraZeneca (@AstraZeneca) October 5, 2021
Nicholls Resigns as Deputy Speaker Over Vaccination Status:
An MPP who was kicked out of the Progressive Conservative caucus for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 says he will resign as deputy speaker. Rick Nicholls announced the move yesterday. Nicholls says he will stay on as an independent but won’t run for re-election next June in his riding of Chatham-Kent-Leamington. He was kicked out of the government caucus last month after he failed to show proof of vaccination, but two other unvaccinated members remain after reporting medical exemptions.
Mandatory vaccines or be fired = unexpected consequences. Crisis looming in health care, law & order, unemployment, lower enrolments, crippling small business. This is so wrong. What changed that we now are going down this avenue? #choicematters #kidsmatter #fightforwhatsright
— Rick Nicholls (@RickNichollsCKL) September 9, 2021
NDP & Liberals Working Together To Ban Protests Outside Hospitals:
Ontario’s two main opposition parties are preparing to introduce private member’s bills creating safety bubbles around hospitals and schools to protect them from anti-vaccine protests. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath first raised the idea in August and says she’s glad the Liberals are now on board. Horwath says health-care workers shouldn’t have to worry about facing what she describes as a gauntlet of hate and vitriol to get to work. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says she will look at the bills, but Ontario has seen limited protests — and threatening and intimidation are already criminal offences.
LIVE — NDP Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath speaks to the media following Question Period #onpoli
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) October 5, 2021
Teachers Calling For Alberta Schools to Shut Down:
Edmonton Public Schools wants the Alberta government to close all schools in the province. As COVID-19 spreads among students, the board has passed a motion asking the United Conservative government to implement what it calls a firebreak lockdown. Last month, Premier Jason Kenney’s government ended contact tracing and said it was no longer mandatory for students to isolate after close contact with a positive case.
New Restrictions In New Brunswick:
The New Brunswick government is imposing a series of tough health-protection measures because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. Among other things, Premier Blaine Higgs says family gatherings during the Thanksgiving long weekend must be limited to single households. As well, the province’s new plan calls for a set of so-called circuit-breaker measures that will be imposed on three areas of the province. Health officials are reporting 90 new cases of the disease and one more death attributed to the novel coronavirus.
BC to Make Vaccines Mandatory For the Public Service:
The BC government is expanding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations to include its 30,000 public service employees. The BC Public Service Agency says government employees in core government or ministries — including social workers, sheriffs and administrative assistants — will be required to provide proof of full immunization by November 22nd. If they don’t, they risk losing their job. An earlier policy ordered all health-care workers in BC to be fully vaccinated by October 26th as a condition of their employment.
Ontario reported 429 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 301 of them were in people who are not fully vaccinated or whose vaccine status isn’t known. The province also reported four more deaths from the virus. Provincial figures show there are 155 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, including 101 patients on ventilators. The province says 86 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 81 per cent have gotten two.
In Ontario, 21,916,657 vaccine doses have been administered. 86.6% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 81.5% have two doses.
277 people are hospitalized with #COVID19. 236 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 41 are fully vaccinated.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 5, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Public Health of Waterloo Region reported some very positive numbers yesterday. There were only 13 new cases and no new deaths. Hospitalizations dropped substantially, down to just 4 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The number of active cases is down to 128. That is a decrease of 48 patients.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health had zero new cases yesterday. Active cases are down to 64. There are 3 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. All of those are in the ICU.
A move in the flight direction!🛫🚌 A mobile vaccination bus is heading to @FlyYKF tomorrow (Oct. 6). Get vaccinated at the airport!
📍Hangar #7, 4881 Fountain St. N., @Woolwichupdates
🕙10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
✅Anyone born in 2009 or earlier
✅No appointment needed pic.twitter.com/rdDudKAHew
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) October 5, 2021
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