Canada COVID-19 booster update coming ‘very shortly’: Tam

Canadians can expect an update on the potential use of additional COVID-19 shots for the most at-risk “very shortly,” the country’s top doctor says. Speaking at a news conference Friday … Read More

‘I chose not to get the vaccine’: B.C. mom battling COVID speaks from her ICU bed

A B.C. mother of two is sharing her experience battling COVID-19 after she decided not to get vaccinated in the hope that others will choose otherwise. Sharlene Amerl, from Sooke … Read More

U.S. backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. Should Canada do the same?

The U.S. has authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk groups, and experts say Canada should consider doing the same. On Wednesday, the FDA authorized booster shots … Read More

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. Should Canada do the same?

The U.S. FDA has authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk groups, and experts say Canada should consider doing the same. On Wednesday, the FDA authorized booster … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

Ottawa offers military aid as Alberta battles brutal COVID-19 surge: minister

The federal government is ready to help Alberta in its fight against COVID-19, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says. In a statement posted to Twitter Thursday, … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine inequity now top of mind at United Nations meeting

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step … Read More

U.S. parents await results as kids’ COVID-19 vaccine nears approval

In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. But with his … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine effective in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer says

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward … Read More

COVID-19 booster debate in U.S. heads to FDA vaccine advisory committee

The debate over whether Americans should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine moves to a panel of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Read More

Hong Kong panel advises 1 dose of BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens due to side effect

A panel of health experts advising the Hong Kong government has recommended children aged 12-17 should get only one dose of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of heart inflammation side … Read More

Unclear whether U.K.’s booster plan will mean new doses every 6 months, chief says

The chair of Britain’s vaccine group said it was unclear whether or not there would be a recurrent programme of COVID-19 vaccine boosters every six months after a plan announced … Read More

‘Fraud is a crime’: B.C. doctor pens open letter to people asking for vaccine exemption notes

A B.C. doctor says he’s seeing an increase in patients asking for a letter that exempts them from the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as other vaccine-related questions. In a three-page … Read More

September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say

September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts. Students across the country are returning to school, fully vaccinated … Read More

WHO chief wants rich countries to halt booster shots for remainder of 2021

Rich countries with large supplies of coronavirus vaccines should refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year and make the doses available for poorer countries, the head … Read More

Couche-Tard hopes COVID-19 vaccine promotion will mitigate Delta challenges

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 1, 2021 1:31 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. hopes that … Read More

Premier Doug Ford to make announcement Wednesday on COVID-19 vaccine passports

Premier Doug Ford is set to have a press conference Wednesday afternoon to reveal how a COVID-19 vaccine passport certificate system will work. The premier is scheduled to make an … Read More

B.C. First Nation offers $1,000 cash to fully vaccinated members

While B.C. has chosen not to follow other provinces on the vaccine lottery route, a Lower Mainland First Nation is making a generous offer to its members in an effort … Read More

Ontario won’t reach COVID-19 herd immunity until vaccines given to children under 12, report finds

A report by Public Health Ontario says that at least 90 per cent vaccine coverage against COVID-19 for the entire population is needed to achieve herd immunity and that vaccines … Read More

Quebec set to release more details of COVID-19 vaccine passport system

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is expected to provide an update on the province’s COVID-19 immunization campaign on Tuesday afternoon, including additional details surrounding the vaccine passport system. The minister … Read More

Quebec says new vaccine passport system can be downloaded starting on Wednesday

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé provided an update on the province’s COVID-19 immunization campaign on Tuesday afternoon, including new details surrounding the vaccine passport system. The new system comes into … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine boosters taming Delta variant in Israel, health officials claim

Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates fueled by the fast-spreading … Read More

FDA warns Americans to stop taking horse dewormer for COVID-19: ‘You are not a horse’

The United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement on Saturday warning citizens to stop taking a horse deworming drug as defence against COVID-19, following reports of people … Read More

B.C. to reveal details on proof-of-vaccination program on Monday

British Columbia is expected to become the second province in Canada to require proof of immunization against COVID-19 to access non-essential services. Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and … Read More

B.C. becomes second province to require proof of vaccination, starting Sept. 13

British Columbia announced Monday that it require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people attending certain social and recreational events. One dose of vaccine will be required for entry will be … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine booster strategy risks emergence of new variants, WHO head warns

The head of the World Health Organization on Monday called for a two-month moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a means of reducing global vaccine inequality and … Read More

3rd dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine lowers infection risk, Israel study finds

A third dose of Pfizer ‘s COVID-19 vaccine has significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received … Read More

62% of small and medium sized businesses support COVID vaccine mandates, survey says

When the fourth wave of COVID-19 started to intensify, Toronto-based tech company Staffy decided it was time to implement a vaccination mandate. The company, which provides an on-demand workforce platform … Read More

U.S. will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all Americans amid Delta surge

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging Delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The … Read More

Here’s where the major party leaders stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Recent surges of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant are prompting political leaders and health-care experts around the world to search for ways to limit the spread of the virus. … Read More

MLHU rescinds COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for 11-year-olds born in 2009

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has reversed course less than 24 hours after announcing that it would be extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all children born in 2009 and not only … Read More

U.S. FDA OKs COVID-19 vaccine boosters for immunocompromised

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. for people with compromised immune systems. A few other … Read More

COVID-19: MLHU extends vaccination to 11-year-olds turning 12 this year

The Middlesex-London Health Unit says, effective immediately, anyone born in 2009 or earlier will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The change means that 11-year-olds who are turning 12 … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine trial data for kids coming by end of year: Pfizer

Pfizer intends to submit data to Health Canada on trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 by the end of the year, the company told Global News. In … Read More

Liberals in process of verifying COVID-19 vaccines for election candidates: official

The federal Liberals now say the party is in the process of verifying whether their candidates for a hotly anticipated election are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The update comes after … Read More

Liberals, Conservatives won’t say if election candidates have COVID-19 vaccine

Canada’s Liberal and Conservative parties won’t say if they’ve mandated COVID-19 vaccination among their candidates — or even whether they’re asking them about their vaccination status — as rumours swirl … Read More

New Moderna plant welcomed by public health experts but more details needed

New plans for Moderna to open a vaccine manufacturing facility in Canada are being welcomed by experts as a way to strengthen the country’s capacity to address future pandemics – … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna to build mRNA production plant in Canada

U.S. drug maker Moderna will sign an agreement with the Canadian government Tuesday promising to build an mRNA production plant in Canada. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel will sign the memorandum … Read More

New Moderna plant opening in Canada, but we still don’t know where

Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says a new vaccine production facility, set to be built by Moderna, will help Canada prepare for the next pandemic. Champagne announced in Montreal that Moderna … Read More

Fake COVID-19 vaccine cards raise concern for U.S. colleges

As the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, a growing number of colleges and universities are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for students to attend in-person … Read More

3rd dose of established COVID-19 vaccine best way to fight Delta variant: BioNTech

BioNTech said that repeat shots of its COVID-19 vaccine, of which more than a billion doses have now been supplied worldwide, was a better strategy than tailoring the product it … Read More

Do Canadians need booster vaccines? Experts echo WHO’s call for pause

Canada should listen to the World Health Organization (WHO) and not offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to its population right now, some experts say. The recommendations come after the WHO … Read More

Germany, France will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters despite WHO call for pause

Germany and France will go ahead with COVID-19 vaccine boosters from September, disregarding an appeal by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to hold off until more people are vaccinated across … Read More

Calls are growing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines in health workers. Here’s what we know

Should the doctor caring for you or a sick loved one be expected to have the COVID-19 vaccine? What about the nurse changing your IV, the midwife delivering your baby, … Read More

Can U.S. employers require COVID-19 vaccination? Here are the ones cracking down

U.S. employers are losing patience with unvaccinated workers. For months, most employers relied on information campaigns, bonuses and other incentives to encourage their workforces to get the COVID-19 shot. Now, … Read More

Canada doesn’t need vaccine boosters yet, but planning for possibility: Tam

Canada isn’t ready to offer COVID-19 booster shots as there’s “not enough data” to support it quite yet, the country’s top doctor said Friday, despite countries like Israel pushing ahead … Read More

Canada facing the start of a Delta-driven 4th wave, top doctors warn

Canada is likely at the start of a Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal public health officials warned on Friday. The news comes on the heels of an … Read More

Ottawa extending multiple COVID-19 subsidies for workers, businesses amid Delta spread

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government is extending multiple COVID-19 benefits due to expire next month for an extra 30 days amid reopening delays and concerns about the … Read More

COVID-19 vaccines are now mandatory at some U.S. companies. Could Canada be next?

As Canadians across the country continue to roll up their sleeves for their COVID-19 vaccines, employers are slowly starting to remind staff that office life will return — and soon. … Read More

Canada, Mexico imported AstraZeneca doses from facility not fully inspected: regulator

Canada and Mexico imported millions of doses of AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine and offered them to the public without health officials properly inspecting the operations of the U.S. manufacturer, according to inspection … Read More