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COVID-19: Booking mix-up tells Penticton residents to get vaccinated in Kelowna

Interior Health is clearing up confusion after some eligible Penticton, B.C., residents were told to get their COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna, B.C., an hour’s drive away.Residents who contacted Global News said they were surprised they were unable to get an appointment at the local clinic, which is being held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, discouraged regional travel on Monday, even using the example that Penticton residents should not travel to Kelowna right now, due to rising case counts of COVID-19 and the highly-transmissible variants of concern spreading in communities. 3:51B.C. Premier John Horgan on COVID-19 vaccine safety and why he has not yet had his vaccine B.C. Premier John Horgan on COVID-19 vaccine safety and why ...

Why all COVID-19 vaccine side effects matter, not just the serious ones

One of the leaders of the largest independent vaccine safety study in Canadian history says tracking the mild side effects of COVID-19 vaccines is as important as recording the rare serious ones.“That’s really important to be able to put (side effects) in context and say: ‘How does what we’re seeing differ from what we’d be seeing in the population anyway on that given week?’” Dr. Jim Kellner told Global News.The Calgary pediatric infectious diseases specialist is a co-investigator in the Canadian National Vaccine Safety Network’s (CANVAS) COVID-19 vaccine study.While the Government of Canada’s system records the rare serious adverse events reported by health care professionals, the CANVAS study is asking Canadians to report their own symptoms after each dose by completing a question...

New Brunswick reports 16 new cases of COVID-19 as Edmundston outbreak continues

New Brunswick health officials reported 16 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, of which 14 are in the Edmundston region.Eleven of the 14 cases are contacts of a previously confirmed case and three are under investigation, said public health in a release issued on Wednesday afternoon.Two of the 16 cases are in Zone 2 (Saint John region).READ MORE: New Brunswick reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, new variant detectedThe number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 1,752. Since Tuesday, seven people have recovered for a total of 1,577 recoveries.There have been 33 deaths, and the number of active cases is 141. Nineteen patients are hospitalized, including 13 in an intensive care unit.On Tuesday, 1,259 tests were conducted for a total of 270,515. Story continues below advertisement Public health has ...

Scarborough hospital forced to cancel 10,000 appointments from lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) says two of its mass vaccination clinics are closed due to lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply, forcing the cancelling of about 10,000 appointments.The closure is effective from Wednesday, April 14 through April 19 affecting the clinics at Centennial College and Centenary hospital.The hospital network said the closure will impact about 2,000 vaccine appointments a day for each day they are closed.“Scarborough continues to struggle with the incomprehensible disparity in vaccine distribution for Canada’s most diverse community and one of Ontario’s most severe hot spots,” Maureen Adamson, SHN’s Board Chair, said. Trending Stories “Scarborough is the backbone of Toronto,” Adamson continued. “Our people are the essential workers that keep Ontario running. Our hospit...

Pharmacists in southern Alberta discuss COVID-19 vaccine delays

Vishal Sukhadiya, owner of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy location on the south side of Lethbridge, has not been able to deliver as many COVID-19 vaccines to patients as he initially anticipated, a situation other Canadian pharmacists can relate to.Sukhadiya says there’s been shipping delays and pharmacies are receiving fewer doses than expected.In fact, he has yet to receive this week’s shipment of the Moderna vaccine. Sukhadiya says other pharmacy owners across the South zone haven’t received theirs either. They all get their shipment on the same day, he says, and he still isn’t sure when it will arrive.“So, last week we got an email from Alberta Blue Cross saying that this week and next week the pharmacy allotment for the Moderna vaccine will be consistent, but after that we haven’t’ gott...

COVID-19: Why hasn’t London’s N6A been deemed an Ontario hot spot?

For the week of March 28 to April 3, the London postal code that includes Western University, Old North and the city’s downtown had a COVID-19 test positivity rate of 28.9 per cent — the highest in Ontario.However, as of Tuesday afternoon, N6A is not included in a provincial list of postal code hot spots that are poised to see vaccinations expanded to those 18 and older.On Monday, London’s three NDP MPPs, Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre), Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe), and Peggy Sattler (London West), sent a public letter to Premier Doug Ford, urging him to immediately declare the postal code a hot spot and vaccinate its residents as soon as possible.“I brought this up with the government during question period as well as the open letter from the three MPPs, as well as in debat...

Have a vaccine hesitant friend or family member? Experts offer tips on addressing concerns

Anger and frustration can take over when people hear rumblings of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy coming from their friends and relatives.But experts say to keep those tempers in check when engaging in what may turn into exasperating conversations. Those uncertain about the jab are less likely to be convinced to get one if they’re shouted at or spoken to in a condescending tone.Heather Bastedo, a persuasion and motivation researcher, says fending off vaccine hesitancy is important, with parts of Canada seeing record highs in daily COVID cases.And as we reach the peak of a third wave, frustration can boil over in some peoples’ reactions to their vaccine hesitant peers. Story continues below advertisement “Everybody is so emotional right now,” said Bastedo, who’s also the president at Public Squa...

80% of Canadians plan to get COVID-19 vaccine, but safety fears causing hesitancy: poll

More Canadians than ever say they intend to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a new poll suggests while fear about vaccine safety is the main driver of hesitancy to get an injection.All this comes as confidence in governments is plummeting in provinces being hit hardest by the third wave of the pandemic.At least eight in 10 people surveyed last weekend by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said they absolutely intend to roll up their sleeve for a vaccine.The number has been steadily rising for months as vaccines have been rolling out in Canada and around the world, starting at 63 per cent in mid-October, rising to 70 per cent in early February, and 73 per cent in early March. Story continues below advertisement The online poll of 1,504 adult Canadians was conducted between April...

Lower city pharmacies in Hamilton soon to offer AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Eleven lower city pharmacies in Hamilton have been added to the list of locations residents aged 55 and older can book an appointment to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as of this week.The drug stores will join 21 other locations in the city selected by the province for the rollout, however, not all of the pharmacies will start vaccinating at the same time the week of April 12.Last week, about a half dozen Hamilton politicians expressed their outrage at Ontario’s decision to exclude lower Hamilton in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies, calling the decision “reckless.”Donna Skelly, Conservative MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, responded to the accusations saying the initial rollout was just the start, and that more locations, including those in the lower city, would graduall...

Saskatchewan reports 321 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Saskatchewan officials added another 321 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and one new death.The deceased resident was in their 60s and the death was reported in the central east zone. The province’s death toll now sits at 454.Of the new coronavirus infections, 120 were reported in Regina followed by Saskatoon with 78 new cases. 4:39Why vaccine selfies are causing a digital divide Why vaccine selfies are causing a digital divide The remaining cases are located in the far north west (6), far north east (2), north west (21), north central (8), north east (6), central west (4), central east (12), south west (3), south central (17) and south east (36) zones.  Eight new cases have pending residence information. Three cases with pending residence information have been assigned to Far North West (1) and N...

Regina drive-thru vaccine clinic opens to 51-year-olds on Sunday

Posted April 11, 2021 12:30 pm 1:48Essential front-line workers call for change to Saskatchewan’s age-based vaccine rollout Essential front-line workers call for change to Saskatchewan’s age-based vaccine rollout The Saskatchewan Health Authority has expanded eligibility at the Regina drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic to 51-year-olds on Sunday morning.Currently, the drive-thru is only open to those aged 51 to 54 years of age to receive a vaccine when they arrive.People 55 years of age and older can still receive a vaccine by booking online or on the phone. 1:43‘They’re taking over’: Saskatchewan doctors flag threat of COVID-19 variants ‘They’re taking over’: Saskatchewan doctors flag threat of COVID-19 variants The Regina drive-thru clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. and doses ar...

Sask. pharmacies to administer vaccines by mid-April: health minister

Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman told reporters on Saturday COVID-19 vaccines should start being administered in pharmacies by April 19, if vaccine supply allows.Merriman said pharmacists are currently undergoing training to administer the vaccines and enter data into the system.He said the rollout date in pharmacies depends on vaccine shipments. He said 19,000 Moderna doses are intended to be allocated to the pharmacies but that shipment has been delayed.Pharmacies will start vaccinating with that specific amount.“We’ll continue to increase that week-over-week until we can get the pharmacists up to full speed,” Merriman said Saturday. Story continues below advertisement 1:43‘They’re taking over’: Saskatchewan doctors flag threat of COVID-19 variants ‘They’re taking over’: Saskat...

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