Vaccines

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by Catharine Chambers

Why scary vaccine headlines are actually good news

We’ve all seen the headlines linking COVID-19 vaccines to rare blood clots. While this development may be worrisome, it is a reassuring sign that vaccine safety surveillance is doing its job.

by Max Binks-Collier

Communities are taking the lead on vaccinating hot spots

Community-health organizations are trying to make the rollout of vaccines in hot spots as accessible and equitable as possible by directly reaching out to hot-spot residents.

by Ediriweera Desapriya Parisa Khoshpouri Kamal Gunatunge

Long-haul risks drive home importance of vaccination

We must use the emerging evidence of the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 to encourage all Canadians to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.

by Anne Borden King

Lessons in health care equity with Vaccine Hunters

The pandemic has highlighted stark equity gaps in health-care access for BIPOC and essential workers. But grassroots initiatives like Vaccine Hunters Canada have brought a broader vision of health equity to the rollout.

by Your Ontario Doctors

#Raiseyourvoice: An open letter to Ontarians from your doctors

To control the pandemic, more needs to be done immediately. You have seen the clips about hospitals in Italy and New York City last year: make no mistake, this is what we will soon face if we don’t make changes now.

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 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 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 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 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.

by Pooja Gandhi Arnav Agarwal

Health Care in Hues: Navigating Changing Tides

Our latest installment of Health Care in Hues, a monthly feature that uses art to comment on the state of health care in Canada.

by Catharine Chambers

Comparing vaccines: efficacy, safety and side effects

Do you have questions about vaccines in Canada? Epidemiologist Catharine Chambers compares the four vaccines now approved in Canada.

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