The COVID REPORT for March 31-2021

Pfizer asking for vaccination of youth

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals says a study has shown that its COVID-19 vaccine is strongly effective in children as young as 12.

The company released results, this morning, of a test of more than 22-hundred American children between the ages of 12 and 15.

It showed no infections in children who were vaccinated, compared to 18 in those who were not.

Company researchers found levels of virus-battling antibodies that were higher than those found in young adults after the inoculation.

The study’s participants suffered similar side effects to adults….low incidents of pain, chills, fever, and fatigue, particularly after the second dose.

Pfizer plans to apply to the U-S government to allow its vaccine to be used in children starting at the age of 12.


A look at the local COVID-19 numbers

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting another COVID-19 death.

The health agency says the death occurred yesterday. It’s the fifth in the last three days.

This brings the number of people who have died from COVID-19 to 20 within the agency’s jurisdiction.

The health unit is also reporting 32 new cases of the virus, one in the Manitoulin District, the rest in Greater Sudbury.

Considering resolved cases, there are now 344 active cases in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.

Health Sciences North’s numbers have gone down to 18 admitted patients, of which six individuals are in intensive care.

And Algoma Public Health is reporting one new case in Elliot Lake and area.

Considering resolved cases, there are now ten active cases with no individuals hospitalized in the district.


Stay home this holiday weekend

Don’t make any plans for Easter this coming long weekend.

That’s the warning from Premier Doug Ford, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge.

The premier says he’s very concerned about the increasing number of hospitalizations, especially among younger people.

There are 11-hundred people being treated in hospital, the highest number since early February.

Ford says everything is on the table, including another province-wide lockdown, as he awaits the latest recommendations from Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Doctor David Williams.

He says without people’s health, we won’t have an economy.


The April school break

Education Minister Stephen Lecce still maintains that the delayed spring break from school will begin on April 12th.

But he admits the situation could change, depending on the latest medical advice.

Yesterday saw a major increase in the number of COVID-19 cases uncovered in Ontario schools.

There were 518 new diagnoses reported, 440 among children.

More than 11-hundred schools in the province are currently reporting at least one infection.

Teachers unions in the Toronto area are asking the public school board to shift to on-line learning next week, following the Easter long weekend.


Hillier leaves today – optimistic about vaccination rollout

The outgoing head of Ontario’s vaccine task force still believes our province will achieve its target of offering at least one COVID-19 inoculation to every adult Ontarian by the end of June.

Retired General Rick Hillier, who leaves his post today, notes more than two-million doses have already been administered and supplies continue to increase.

Hillier says the vaccination program is now weeks ahead of where officials thought it would be last December, with more and more age groups becoming eligible to receive their shot.

The federal government announced yesterday that the delivery of millions of doses of vaccine has been moved up from the summer to the spring, after negotiations with the manufacturers.

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