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Canada Randall Denley: Ontario's vaccine rollout is going pretty well — except for the lack of vaccines

03:15  16 april  2021
03:15  16 april  2021 Source:   nationalpost.com

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Monday, April 5, 2021

  A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Monday, April 5, 2021 The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 11:00 p.m. ET on Monday April 5, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 320,956 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,554,489 doses given. Nationwide, 718,462 people or 1.9 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 17,294.496 per 100,000. There were 2,081,392 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,056,362 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 65.18 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.

An online portal for booking appointments for COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario is set to launch on March 15, the head of the province's immunization task force said Wednesday, but it will likely be months longer before many people are able to get a reservation. Ontarians aged 80 and over will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in the third week of March, said retired general Rick Hillier, the head of Ontario ' s vaccine task force as he outlined a series of dates for the vaccine rollout .

“As soon as vaccines arrive our focus is turning to the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and those with the highest-risk health conditions. With the extraordinary work of Team Ontario we aim to deliver over 9 million vaccinations across Ontario by the end of June,” Premier Doug Ford said. - Scott has said that he thinks Doug Ford’ s provincial government might be the most liberal Conservatives to govern Ontario in quite a long time. Randall Denley joined the show to discuss Premier Ford’ s handling of the pandemic so far. Guest: Randall Denley , columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and the

a person walking down a street next to a sign: If there is a legitimate criticism of the government’s vaccination plan, it is its reliance on vaccination by age group rather than health or employment risk. © Provided by National Post If there is a legitimate criticism of the government’s vaccination plan, it is its reliance on vaccination by age group rather than health or employment risk.

The latest line of attack on the Ontario government’s COVID-19 performance is that the vaccination program is confusing. Ontario’s performance has been lacking in plenty of areas, but in this case, the bar for confusion has been set astoundingly low. The only people who should be confused are those who can’t conduct basic online searches or use a phone.

There are three elements to the provincial vaccination plan. The major one is mass-vaccination clinics booked through the provincial system, either online or by phone. Age is the primary determinant of who is eligible. I’ve used the online system twice myself and it was simple, much like booking concert tickets back in the former world.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 231,009 new vaccinations administered for a total of 6,991,804 doses given. Nationwide, 746,702 people or 2.0 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 18,448.384 per 100,000. There were 58,500 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,136,650 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 68.98 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.

Randall Denley joined the show to discuss Premier Ford’ s handling of the pandemic so far. Guest: Randall Denley , columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and the National. Subscribe to the Scott Thompson Show wherever you find your favourite podcasts, keep up with the big stories developing in Hamilton The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: The province is under its third state of emergency in this pandemic with residents being told to stay home as much as possible, except for essential reasons. With that announcement, officials say phase two of the vaccine rollout will begin. But, the rollout has changed

As coronavirus vaccines are being gradually rolled out across Canada, one lingering question on most people’ s minds is when their turn will come to get the shot. Now, an online tool may just be able to help answer that question. Read more: Why jumping the coronavirus vaccine queue is a problem. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]. Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist at the University of Toronto, called the web tool “theoretically useful,” but said it has its limitations because of a series of unknowns around supply and distribution, as well as the lack of adherence to vaccine

The other big piece of the plan is vaccinations through pharmacies. Again, an online search shows which pharmacies are delivering shots and how to book them.

Finally, there is a new program to vaccinate people between the ages of 18 and 49 in those areas the province has designated as hotspots. In this case, the province is working with public health units and community groups to organize pop-up clinics and mobile clinics. The idea is to take vaccines to workplaces and other spots where people congregate. The province has allocated 920,000 doses of vaccine for this program, but little of that is in hand yet. Some patience is required.

In comparison to Premier Doug Ford’s inconsistent performance on economic shutdowns, the vaccination program is a masterpiece, a point that is getting lost at the moment. Earlier this week, Ontario delivered nearly 113,000 shots in a single day, a record. In all, more than 3.5 million shots have been administered. Another 2.8 million have been booked. Steady vaccine supply only started in mid-February. Ontario has made pretty good progress since then.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April 8, 2021

  A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April 8, 2021 The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 259,623 new vaccinations administered for a total of 7,251,427 doses given. Nationwide, 762,766 people or 2.0 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 19,133.418 per 100,000. There were 120,390 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,257,040 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 70.7 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.

See How the Vaccine Rollout Is Going in Your County and State. States have moved rapidly in recent weeks to expand eligibility for the vaccine , and several have already made shots available to everyone age 16 and older. Every state has announced plans to make all adults eligible by April 19. Health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities have been eligible for vaccination in every state for months, and people 65 and older have been eligible for many weeks in most states.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Europe is "unacceptably slow" as the number of new cases across the region increased for the sixth consecutive week, the World Health Organization (WHO) European office warned on Thursday. According to the UN agency, more than 1.6 million people The increase was observed in every age group, except in people 80 years or older which WHO Europe said reflects "early signs of the impact of vaccination ." Data from the UK show that the lives of at least 6,000 people over 70 have been saved since the country launched its vaccination campaign in early

A media briefing on the vaccination program this week made the most important point of all: Ontario has been averaging about 100,000 doses a day, but is capable of administering 150,000 if it had adequate vaccine supply. There just isn’t enough vaccine to meet the demands for vaccinating all frontline workers, including teachers, child-care workers and transit operators.

Ontario is expecting about 2.8 million doses of Pfizer vaccine and 750,000 of Moderna by May 24, but expecting and getting are two different things. Shipments of Moderna vaccine have been chronically late for more than a month. That limits what Ontario — and all other provinces — can accomplish.

If there is a legitimate criticism of the government’s vaccination plan, it is its reliance on vaccination by age group rather than health or employment risk. Adding people in the hotspot zones is an attempt to correct that, but the government is, rightly, unwilling to abandon its old-people-first policy to redirect doses for seniors to hotspots instead. It would be wrong, and would significantly undermine people’s faith in the vaccination program, to start cancelling seniors’ existing appointments to rush vaccines to the hotspots, as badly needed there as they may be.

A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Saturday, April 10, 2021

  A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Saturday, April 10, 2021 The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 8:45 p.m. ET on Saturday April 10, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 213,041 new vaccinations administered for a total of 7,785,807 doses given. Nationwide, 784,671 people or 2.1 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 20,543.418 per 100,000. There were 71,600 new vaccines delivered to the provinces and territories for a total of 10,618,140 doses delivered so far. The provinces and territories have used 73.33 per cent of their available vaccine supply. Please note that Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I.

Randall Denley joined the show to discuss Premier Ford’ s handling of the pandemic so far. Guest: Randall Denley , columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and the National Subscribe to the Scott Thompson Show wherever you find your favourite podcasts, keep up with the big stories developing in Hamilton The Bill Kelly Show Podcast: The province is under its third state of emergency in this pandemic with residents being told to stay home as much as possible, except for essential reasons. With that announcement, officials say phase two of the vaccine rollout will begin. But, the rollout has changed

A vaccine will come as a relief for lockdown-weary Canadians – 65 per cent of whom say they intend to get a vaccine when it’ s approved by Health Canada and available for free, according to a new poll this week. Meanwhile, an Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News found that 74 per cent of respondents are worried Randall Denley joined the show to discuss Premier Ford’ s handling of the pandemic so far. Guest: Randall Denley , columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and the National Subscribe to the Scott Thompson Show wherever you find your favourite podcasts, keep up with the big stories

And yet, that’s exactly what Liberal leader Stephen Del Duca would do, were he the premier. In an opinion piece in the Toronto Sun this week, Del Duca argues that not only is registering for vaccines too “confusing,” but also that Ford is “hoarding” 1.2 million doses of vaccine. Actually, those 1.2 million doses are reserved for people who have made appointments for them.

But Del Duca’s fix would be to cancel those appointments and make new appointments to give the vaccine to other people in hotspots instead, for a net gain of nothing. His main point, though, is that everything one can claim to be a problem with vaccinations in Ontario is Ford’s fault. Del Duca’s federal Liberal friends have done nothing wrong.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath, meanwhile, has gone down her own paranoid rabbit hole, yet again. Horwath is noted for seeing PC conspiracies everywhere and her latest argument is that the list of hotspots eligible for earlier vaccination has been rigged in favour of PC ridings. She has asked the provincial auditor general to investigate.

On Thursday, Ford released the rationale behind the list and zeroed in on one controversial area in west Ottawa that is part of Long Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton’s riding. Since January, the “K2V” postal-code area has had a significantly higher number of COVID cases and deaths and has a “racialized community” of more than 40 per cent. That gets it on the provincial list.

Ford accused the NDP and Liberals of politicizing the vaccine rollout, and they certainly are. If they wanted to do something constructive, and it seems unlikely, Horwath and Del Duca could stand up for Ontarians and put additional pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ontarians need more doses of vaccine. They don’t need self-serving partisan political attacks. Telling people that everything is going wrong when it’s not is just irresponsible.

If there was sufficient vaccine, another 50,000 Ontarians a day could get protected from COVID. There’s nothing confusing about that stark fact.

Randall Denley is an Ottawa political commentator, author and former Ontario PC candidate. Contact him at randalldenley1@gmail.com

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