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Marines on track for worst vaccination record in U.S. military -Washington Post

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The U.S. Marine Corps is set to have the worst vaccination record among military branches, with up to 10,000 active duty personnel set to miss the service’s Nov. 28 deadline, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

At least 94% of Marines have already met President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements or are on track, but for those 10,000 it is too late to start and complete the vaccination process by the deadline.

The Marines could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Marine Corps, which is the least-populous branch of the U.S. military, is overseen by the Department of the Navy which also runs the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The Navy has the highest vaccination rate within the military; 99.7%.

At least 97% of active duty personnel within the Department of the Air Force, which oversees the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, had been vaccinated by the department’s Nov. 3 deadline.

Around 95% or Army personnel have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The branch is the largest within the military and has the latest deadline for active duty personnel; Dec. 15.

Biden announced in September policies requiring most federal employees, contractors, and health workers to get vaccinated and for employees of large private businesses to get vaccinated or tested as the more easily transmitted Delta variant of the virus spreads. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that COVID-19 has so far killed over 770,000 people in the U.S.

Nearly 60% of adult Americans – some 195.7 million people – are considered fully vaccinated yet after about two months of declining infections, the United States has reported daily increases for the past two weeks, driven by Delta and people spending more time indoors due to colder weather.

 

(Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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KFL&A reports 34 new COVID-19 cases, 304 active – Globalnews.ca

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The Kingston region is once again over the 300 active cases mark, as Wednesday’s 34 new cases bring the daily active case count to 304.

Of the new cases, 10 are in the five-to-11 age group.

Nineteen people remain in hospital, with 11 of those cases are in the intensive care unit. Six people are on ventilators.

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COVID-19 — Influx of cases causing strain on Kingston hospitals

The cases per 100,000 over the past week is up slightly to 104.7, from 102.8 Tuesday.

The rise in cases locally has also forced the postponing of at least one local event. The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes was scheduled to have its grand opening on Dec. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have significant impacts throughout our communities, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston is committed to supporting the community through this time of heightened risk and uncertainty,” the Marine Museum said in a statement Wednesday.

“We consider the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors paramount.”


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Roussin takes aim at HIV stigma – Brandon Sun

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Wednesday was World AIDS Day and the province is getting behind the message to end the stigma of the disease.

There were 117 new cases of HIV identified in the province in 2020, slightly fewer than in 2019.

“Even though there are fewer cases, there was also significantly less testing,” Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said Wednesday.

“Around 25 per cent of people with HIV are unaware they have it, and that can contribute to the spread.”

The stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS continues to be a significant public health issue in the province. Roussin said the populations most at risk are also facing problems of accessibility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roussin urged people who may be at risk to get regular testing and speak to their health-care providers regarding prevention, testing and treatment options.

All these services are confidential and free of charge.

Those living with HIV are also encouraged to stay connected to care and treatments.

Roussin said it is considered a chronic infection and there are effective treatments for HIV, with many being able to get the virus level down to undetectable levels and minimizing risk of transmitting it to other people.

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COVID-19 vaccines: 18% of Ottawa kids 5-11 have 1st doses – Globalnews.ca

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Nearly 14,000 Ottawa kids have gotten their first COVID-19 vaccine shots in their first week of eligibility, according to the local health unit.

Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reports that 13,887 kids aged five to 11, representing 18 per cent of the total age group in the city, have their initial shots as of Wednesday morning.

Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, said earlier this week that 40 per cent of local kids in this youngest eligible demographic have appointments booked through the provincial vaccination system. This doesn’t account for shots booked at pharmacies or doctors’ offices.

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No need for new restrictions yet in Ottawa amid Omicron cases, Dr. Etches says

City-wide, 86 per cent of the population aged five and older now have at least one dose.

Meanwhile, OPH reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, surpassing the 32,000-case mark since the start of the pandemic.

The number of active infections held relatively steady at 329 in the latest report.

There are now 11 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Ottawa, two of whom are in the intensive care unit.


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