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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Mar. 15, 2021 – Bowen Island Undercurrent

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday March 15, 2021.

In Canada, the provinces are reporting 92,658 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,026,665 doses given. Nationwide, 595,333 people or 1.6 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 7,986.076 per 100,000.

There were no new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 3,982,220 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 76 per cent of their available vaccine supply.

Please note that Newfoundland, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the territories typically do not report on a daily basis.

Newfoundland is reporting 8,864 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 33,621 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 64.207 per 1,000. In the province, 1.75 per cent (9,170) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Newfoundland for a total of 54,320 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 61.89 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

P.E.I. is reporting 2,367 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 15,648 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 98.645 per 1,000. In the province, 3.53 per cent (5,603) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to P.E.I. for a total of 19,055 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 82.12 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nova Scotia is reporting 8,215 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 46,891 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 48.049 per 1,000. In the province, 1.60 per cent (15,655) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nova Scotia for a total of 98,330 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 47.69 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

New Brunswick is reporting 4,742 new vaccinations administered over the past seven days for a total of 38,483 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 49.335 per 1,000. In the province, 1.56 per cent (12,152) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to New Brunswick for a total of 75,995 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.7 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 50.64 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Quebec is reporting 34,094 new vaccinations administered for a total of 715,581 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 83.629 per 1,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Quebec for a total of 948,565 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 11 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 75.44 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Ontario is reporting 41,859 new vaccinations administered for a total of 1,158,355 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 78.858 per 1,000. In the province, 1.94 per cent (285,615) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 1,457,005 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 79.5 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Manitoba is reporting 2,637 new vaccinations administered for a total of 105,110 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 76.332 per 1,000. In the province, 2.38 per cent (32,833) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Manitoba for a total of 159,220 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 12 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 66.02 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Saskatchewan is reporting 2,220 new vaccinations administered for a total of 102,415 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 86.855 per 1,000. In the province, 2.46 per cent (29,037) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Saskatchewan for a total of 122,685 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 83.48 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Alberta is reporting 11,848 new vaccinations administered for a total of 357,983 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 81.322 per 1,000. In the province, 2.08 per cent (91,538) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Alberta for a total of 436,425 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 9.9 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 82.03 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

British Columbia is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 380,743 doses given. The province has administered doses at a rate of 74.196 per 1,000. In the province, 1.70 per cent (87,024) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to British Columbia for a total of 513,920 doses delivered so far. The province has received enough of the vaccine to give 10 per cent of its population a single dose. The province has used 74.09 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Yukon is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 27,738 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 664.686 per 1,000. In the territory, 23.50 per cent (9,805) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 35,000 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 84 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 79.25 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories are reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 28,208 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 625.191 per 1,000. In the territory, 24.71 per cent (11,151) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 35,300 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 78 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 79.91 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Nunavut is reporting zero new vaccinations administered for a total of 15,889 doses given. The territory has administered doses at a rate of 410.293 per 1,000. In the territory, 14.85 per cent (5,750) of the population has been fully vaccinated. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Nunavut for a total of 26,400 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 68 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 60.19 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

Notes on data: The figures are compiled by the COVID-19 Open Data Working Group based on the latest publicly available data and are subject to change. Note that some provinces report weekly, while others report same-day or figures from the previous day. Vaccine doses administered is not equivalent to the number of people inoculated as the approved vaccines require two doses per person. The vaccines are currently not being administered to children under 18 and those with certain health conditions. In some cases the number of doses administered may appear to exceed the number of doses distributed as some provinces have been drawing extra doses per vial.

This report was automatically generated by The Canadian Press Digital Data Desk and was first published March 15, 2021.

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Ontario hospitals may have to withhold care as COVID-19 fills ICUs

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By Allison Martell and Anna Mehler Paperny

TORONTO (Reuters) – Doctors in the Canadian province of Ontario may soon have to decide who can and cannot receive treatment in intensive care as the number of coronavirus infections sets records and patients are packed into hospitals still stretched from a December wave.

Canada‘s most populous province is canceling elective surgeries, admitting adults to a major children’s hospital and preparing field hospitals after the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs jumped 31% to 612 in the week leading up to Sunday, according to data from the Ontario Hospital Association.

The sharp increase in Ontario hospital admissions is also straining supplies of tocilizumab, a drug often given to people seriously ill with COVID-19.

Hospital care is publicly funded in Canada, generally free at the point of care for residents. But new hospital beds have not kept pace with population growth, and shortages of staff and space often emerge during bad flu seasons.

Ontario’s hospitals fared relatively well during the first wave of the pandemic last year, in part because the province quickly canceled elective surgeries.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario told doctors last Thursday that the province was considering “enacting the critical care triage protocol,” something that was not done during earlier waves of the virus. Triage protocols help doctors decide who to treat in a crisis.

“Everybody’s under extreme stress,” said Eddy Fan, an ICU doctor at Toronto’s University Health Network. He said no doctor wants to contemplate a triage protocol but there are only so many staff.

“There’s going to be a breaking point, a point at which we can’t fill those gaps any longer.”

In a statement, the health ministry said Ontario has not activated the protocol. A September draft suggested doctors could withhold life-sustaining care from patients with a less than 20% chance of surviving 12 months. A final version has not been made public.

Ontario’s Science Advisory Table had been forecasting the surge for months, said member and critical care physician Laveena Munshi. During a recent shift she wanted to call the son of a patient only to discover he was in an ICU across the street.

“The horror stories that we’re seeing in the hospital are like ones out of apocalyptic movies,” she said. “They’re not supposed to be the reality we’re seeing one year into a pandemic.”

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In COVID-19 vaccination pivot, Canada targets frontline workers

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By Anna Mehler Paperny

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is shifting its vaccination campaign to target frontline workers, moving away from a largely age-based rollout as the country tries to get a handle on the raging third wave of the pandemic.

Canada‘s approach thus far has left unvaccinated many so-called “essential workers,” like daycare providers, bus drivers and meatpackers, all of whom are among those at higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. Provinces are now trying to adjust their strategy to tackle the surge driven by new variants.

Targeting frontline workers and addressing occupation risk is vital if Canada wants to get its third wave under control, says Simon Fraser University mathematician and epidemiologist Caroline Colijn, who has modelled Canadian immunization strategies and found “the sooner you put essential workers [in the vaccine rollout plan], the better.”

Initially, Canada prioritized long-term care residents and staff for the vaccines, as well as the very elderly, health workers, residents of remote communities and Indigenous people.

Targeting vaccinations by age made sense early on in a pandemic that ravaged Canada‘s long-term care homes, Colijn said. But now, immunizing those at highest risk of transmission brings the greatest benefit.

“If you protect these individuals you also protect someone in their 60s whose only risk is when they go to the store. … The variants are here now. So if we pivot now, but it takes us two months to do it, then we will lose that race.”

Data released on Tuesday from the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences showed that Toronto’s neighbourhoods with the highest rates of COVID-19 infections had the lowest vaccination rates, underscoring the disparities in vaccination.

‘IT’S A JUGGERNAUT’

On Wednesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a plan to have mobile vaccine clinics target COVID-19 “hotspots” and high-risk worksites, although he stopped short of giving people paid time off to get the shot.

Karim Kurji, medical officer of health in York Region north of Toronto, characterizes the shift in vaccination priority from age to transmission risk as moving from defence to offence.

“It’s a juggernaut in terms of the immunization machinery, and turning it around takes a lot of effort,” Kurji said.

Meanwhile, officials in the western province of Alberta say they are offering vaccines to more than 2,000 workers at Cargill’s meatpacking plant in High River, site of one of Canada‘s largest workplace COVID-19 outbreaks. Provincial officials said in a statement they are looking to expand the pilot to other plants.

Quebec will start vaccinating essential workers such as those in education, childcare and public safety in Montreal, where neighbourhoods with the highest vaccination rates have been among those with the lowest recorded infection rates.

The people doing the highest-risk jobs, from an infectious disease perspective, are more likely to be poor, non-white and new Canadians, health experts say. They are less likely to have paid leave to get tested or vaccinated or stay home when sick and are more likely to live in crowded or multi-unit housing. They need to be prioritized for vaccination and their vaccination barriers addressed, experts say.

Naheed Dosani, a Toronto palliative care physician and health justice activist, said making vaccines available to high-risk communities is not enough without addressing barriers to access.

“The face of COVID-19 and who was being impacted changed dramatically. The variants seemed to take hold in communities where essential workers live. … This [pivot] is a step in the right direction and will hopefully save lives.”

 

(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Denny Thomas and Aurora Ellis)

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Canada finance minister: Pandemic an opportunity to bring in national childcare

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic and its damaging impact on women has underlined the need for a national childcare plan, which would also help the economic recovery, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.

Since taking up her job in August, Freeland has repeatedly spoken about a “feminist agenda,” and has said childcare will be part of a stimulus package worth up to C$100 billion ($79.6 billion) over three years. She will unveil details in her April 19 budget.

“I really believe COVID-19 has created a window of political opportunity and maybe an epiphany … on the importance of early learning and childcare,” Freeland told a online convention of Canada‘s ruling Liberal Party.

The budget is set to be a springboard for an election that Liberal insiders say is likely in the second half of the year.

Canadian governments of various stripes have mused about a national childcare program for decades but never acted, thanks in part to the cost and also the need to negotiate with the 10 provinces, which deliver many social programs.

Freeland said a childcare program would help counter “an incredibly dangerous drop” in female employment since the start of the pandemic.

“It is a surefire way to drive jobs and economic growth … you have higher participation of women in the labor force,” Freeland said. “My hope … is that being able to make that economic argument as well is going be to one of the ways that we get this done.”

Freeland, who is taking part this week in meetings of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations and the International Monetary Fund, said U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had told her they saw early learning and child care as a driver for economic recovery.

($1=1.2560 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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