Federal workers will be put on unpaid administrative leave if they aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the 29th of this month. The new policy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled yesterday applies to the core public service, airline and rail employees and passengers. Trudeau says exemptions will be difficult and onerous to obtain, and simply having a personal conviction that vaccines are bad will not be sufficient.
As of October 30th, people on planes and trains must be fully vaccinated. For a brief period, those in the process of getting vaccinated can show a negative molecular COVID-19 test. But by the end of November, everyone must be fully vaccinated – testing will not be an option.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 6, 2021
Here is the news conference:
Today We Will Find Out How To Celebrate Thanksgiving:
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is set to release his advice today for safely celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween. Earlier this week, Dr. Kieran Moore did touch on some of his recommendations for Thanksgiving, saying celebrating indoors and unmasked with a fully vaccinated group is “absolutely appropriate.” Ontario’s gathering limits of 100 outdoors and 25 indoors are still in place. Last year, Ontario recommended that kids in the four COVID-19 hot spots at the time, which were Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York regions, should not go trick-or-treating.
Ford Stays Quiet As NDP Questions Medical Exemptions For PC MPP’s:
Premier Doug Ford has turned aside the NDP’s call to review the medical exemptions from COVID-19 vaccines that were granted to two of his caucus members. Ford says he won’t get involved in people’s personal medical records. NDP leader Andrea Horwath has called it statistically curious that two of the 70 members of the Progressive Conservative caucus got vaccine exemptions when such exceptions are supposed to very rare. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health has said the rate of legitimate medical exemptions should be about 1 to 5 in 100,000 people.
— Andrea Horwath (@AndreaHorwath) October 6, 2021
Toronto City Staff Must Be Vaccinated:
Toronto city staff who do not provide proof of receiving two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by November 1st will be suspended for six weeks without pay. Staff may return to work if they provide proof of having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination during the suspension. About 89 per cent of city staff who disclosed their COVID-19 vaccination status are fully vaccinated, and five per cent of city staff are partially vaccinated. Toronto city staff were required to disclose their vaccination status by September 17th and be partially vaccinated by September 30th.
I'll be joining @EPDevilla at 11AM for our COVID-19 briefing.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 6, 2021
More Religious Organizations Requiring Proof of Vaccination:
Several Ontario religious organizations are requiring staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 even though the province’s proof of vaccination system doesn’t cover places of worship. The Diocese of Huron in London has decided to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for anyone working at its churches, including priests, pastors and volunteers. The Diocese of Toronto has introduced a similar policy, and the Canadian Council of Imams says most mosques and Islamic schools across Ontario are also now requiring staff to be fully vaccinated. The policies don’t apply to people coming to worship — but the organizations are encouraging them to get vaccinated.
4,000 More Long Term Care Workers to be Hired:
The province has announced 270-million dollars in funding to hire more than 4,000 workers in the long-term care sector by the end of the year. Minister Rod Phillips says the move will increase the daily average of direct care to three hours by the end of the current fiscal year on March 31st. The funding is part of a 4.9-billion-dollar plan to boost staffing to provide long-term care residents with an average of four hours of direct care per day by 2025. Phillips says that as part of the government’s plan to fix long-term care, it intends to introduce legislation that will enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law.
There were 476 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario yesterday and just two of those were in people aged 80 and older. They are also the most vaccinated age group, with more than 95 per cent having received both doses. The province also reported 10 new deaths. There were 173 new school-related cases reported yesterday, with the majority in students.
In Ontario, 21,948,953 vaccine doses have been administered. Nearly 86.7% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and nearly 81.7% have two doses.
280 people are hospitalized with #COVID19. 234 are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 46 are fully vaccinated.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) October 6, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health says there were 27 new cases yesterday but no new deaths. There are now 138 active cases with 4 people hospitalized.
Public Health of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph announced only 1 new case yesterday. Active cases dropped again, down to just 55. Three people are hospitalized.
Earlier today the Government of Ontario announced that rapid COVID-19 antigen tests will be made available for targeted testing in schools and registered childcare. WDG Public Health will participate in this program and planning is underway.
— WDG Public Health (@WDGPublicHealth) October 5, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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