Limited vaccine supply could thwart Canada’s efforts to contain monkeypox

As an unprecedented global monkeypox outbreak keeps growing, Canada remains opaque about its vaccine stockpile — even as advocates and medical experts warn the country may lack enough supply to meet current demand, with many Canadians being offered just one round of what's typically a two-dose shot in order to stretch supplies.Countries are also hastily procuring more vaccine shipments while a key manufacturer is striving to keep up with global orders, all to stop the spread of a virus that has struck more than 14,000 people globally so far this year."Every effort must be made to contain this infection," Dr....

AHS rescinds requirement for employees to have COVID-19 vaccine

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News AHS said it continues to recommend its health-care workers receive all booster doses available to them Staff prepare vaccine at the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Village Square Leisure Centre in northeast Calgary on Sunday, June. 6, 2021. Photo by Gavin Young /Postmedia Network / Files Article content Alberta Health Services workers will no longer need to be immunized against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Advertisement 2 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content That’s a change that comes after the provincial health authority rescinded its...

Parent education key to COVID vaccine uptake among youngest kids, says expert

Just thinking about her two-year-old getting her first COVID-19 shot is enough to make Katie Gibbs tear up with relief.More than a year and a half since Canada started doling out COVID-19 jabs, the mother of two in Ottawa says her family still avoids socializing indoors out of concern for its youngest, unimmunized member.Gibbs is among the many parents who enthusiastically welcomed Thursday’s federal approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for kids under five.“We’re really just looking forward to having that peace of mind of knowing that she has some protection,” Gibbs said by phone Wednesday. “The protection that everybody else...

COVID-19 in B.C.: Fourth vaccine dose availability

Days after the province caved to public and political pressure on the availability of fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, British Columbians are increasingly confused and conflicted about what to do next. On Friday, B.C. health officials grudgingly announced that adults who’d had their most recent dose at least six months ago can now get their fourth dose but strongly encouraged waiting until September. The move followed in Quebec’s footsteps as stories kept accumulating of British Columbians driving to Washington state for booster doses in order to better protect themselves during a growing wave of Omicron-driven infections....

New Omicron variant raises COVID-19 concerns in India and beyond

A nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine at a private vaccination centre in Gauhati, India, on April 10.Anupam Nath/The Associated PressThe quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious Omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States.Scientists say the variant – called BA.2.75 – may be able to spread rapidly and get around immunity from vaccines and previous infection. It’s unclear whether it could cause more serious disease than other Omicron variants, including the globally prominent BA.5.“It’s still really early on for us to...