Public Health

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by David Dorian Benjamin Chin-Yee

The zero-sum vaccination game

Amidst the clamour for mass vaccination, we think it's worth reflecting on the limitations of our fixation on vaccine procurement as a nation. What does it mean for global health equity?

by Seema Marwaha

April 20: Foolishly walking into a crisis

Instead of pots and pans, all I hear now is the deafening silence in response to calls for paid sick leave and vaccines for essential workers.

by Sabina Vohra-Miller Seema Marwaha

Five things to know about AstraZeneca

Here are five important things we all need to understand about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

by Seema Marwaha

April 16: “An unprecedented but preventable crisis”

It is so incredibly obvious to us on the wards who is struggling for help. I am angry, sad, and disappointed that their needs and safety seem to invisible to people in power.

by Paul Taylor

Patient Navigator: Hospital program aims to boost vaccination rate among health-care workers

Paul Taylor responds to people asking why hospitals aren't requiring health-care workers to get vaccinated – or get placed on unpaid leave.

by Seema Marwaha

April 13: “How do you even triage patients who are aged 30 to 50?”

We are figuring out staffing/redeployment, expansion of medical units, possible medication rationing and triaging for sick patients. How do you even triage patients who are aged 30 to 50?

by Rishi Bansal Arjun Pandey Zuhayr Yakub Connie Li Natasha Bauer-Maison

Medical students join urgent calls for paid sick leave

Continued government inaction will only prolong the pandemic, resulting in longer shutdowns, further long-term economic damage and, ultimately, more preventable deaths.

by Seema Marwaha

April 12: ‘I’m frightened for the days and weeks to come’

What’s happening in the hospital? Somber meetings discussing the transferring of critically ill patients to other cities and asking when we will need to begin rationing resources …

by Seema Marwaha

April 9: The nightmare is coming true

The nightmare scenario from last April is reality today. Elective surgeries are shutting down. Health-care workers are being redeployed. Province-wide stay at home orders are in effect. Now we patiently wait to see if we can bend the curve.

by Seema Marwaha

April 8: Still waiting for a plan

Ontario announced that people over 18 in high-risk areas will be eligible to get vaccinated. I worry that because no clear plan has been outlined, that means there isn’t one.

by W.A. Bogart

Vaccine hesitancy? Follow Krispy Kreme’s lead and give people a reward

How should we address vaccine hesitancy? One way is to reward people for getting vaccinated; Krispy Kreme, for example, is giving free donuts to those who show proof of vaccination.

by Melissa Perri Patricia O’Campo

Vaccine rollout ignoring needs of women

Will we use COVID-19 as an opportunity to take off the blindfold and tailor our vaccine strategies to the unique needs of each gender or will we continue to ignore the needs of women?

by Seema Marwaha

April 7: “We are failing to protect our most vulnerable”

Is this Ticketmaster-like system where you have to constantly refresh 15 browsers for a vaccine appointment really the best we can do?

by Linda Silas

Leading by example: Nurses launch vaccination campaign

Canada’s largest nurses’ organization is launching a national campaign to encourage vaccination against COVID-19 and dispel mistrust and misinformation about vaccines.

by Seema Marwaha

April 6: A growing sense of dread

I can see the numbers increasing in real time. I can see the age dropping and severity of illness increasing. I can’t shake this feeling of dread.

by Catharine Chambers

‘Hope is the biggest side effect’: Vaccinations spur emotional reactions from health-care providers

Health-care providers vaccinated against COVID-19 describe not just the physical side effects, mostly mild and short-lived, but also the emotional side effects: relief, excitement, and hope.

by Seema Marwaha Sabina Vohra-Miller

High-risk areas urgently need improved access to vaccines

If high-risk people in high-risk areas are eagerly waiting to be vaccinated and there are empty slots at vaccine sites across the province, what are we waiting for?

by Ediriweera Desapriya

For our children’s sake, teachers must be a priority in vaccination rollout

Teacher vaccination must be a priority if in-person schooling is to continue uninterrupted. If teachers feel unsafe, how can they take on the huge responsibility of educating our kids?

by Robin Blades

The next wave of COVID-19 vaccines: In through the nose

Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are injected into the muscles but many immunologists think a nasal vaccine may also be needed to end the pandemic.

by Blair Bigham

Canada must show global leadership on vaccine patents

Canada’s refusal to help more than 100 developing countries mass-produce vaccines is un-Canadian—and hypocritical. This pandemic requires a global solution.

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