Many essential workers – especially those in low-wage, precarious jobs at workplaces that have stayed open – lack access to vaccines and paid time off to get them, even as the third wave of the pandemic worsens.
Staff with the municipality said there are still a limited number of vaccination appointments over the weekend, but the Region’s clinics at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan and one in Georgina are set to close. Two clinics at physicians’ offices were also cancelled.
They argue that many of those items are essential, especially for low-income households who can’t afford to buy supplies online or at pricier retailers.
Canada’s top doctor called for stronger measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday as Ontario marked new case-count and intensive-care records and gave hospitals the power to transfer patients to field hospitals or different hospitals without their consent.
Premier Doug Ford’s government has frequently altered its COVID-19 strategies, but none of those changes have seemed quite so abrupt as this week’s announcement that everyone in Ontario’s hardest-hit neighbourhoods aged 18 and up can get vaccinated.
As speculation about his political future heats up, former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney made it clear Friday that he’s a big-L Liberal supporter who will do “whatever” he can to advance the party’s interests.
The transfers right now are preventative … the challenge comes if, what if there’s 15 admissions in one day?
We are facing a new pandemic is what the doctors, the experts and the politicians keep telling us.
If you want to take something positive from the past week, with cases spiking, again, and countermeasures being imposed, again, it’s that at least governments are learning.
It will soon be time to tell people that getting vaccinated is a civic duty. And shirking that duty will come with costs.