Vaccination numbers move up
It appears that the Ford government’s decision to implement vaccine passports has caused more Ontarians to get inoculated against COVID-19.
In the week following the September 1st announcement, the number of people getting their first dose of vaccine jumped by 32 per cent over the week before.
As of next Wednesday, proof of full vaccination will be required for indoor non-essential activities like restaurants, movie theatres, gyms, and concert venues.
However, there are several exceptions to the rule.
And the Ford government says, if businesses are being harassed over the requirements, they should call police.
Paper copies of your inoculations can be downloaded from the province’s website and the government hopes to have a smartphone app up and running in about five weeks’ time, to make the system run more smoothly.
So far, more than 84 per cent of Ontarians 12 and older have received at least one shot of vaccine, 78 per cent have had both.
Long COVID studies needed
Ontario’s Science Advisory Table says tens of thousands of people across the province continue to suffer from COVID-19 symptoms long after they’ve recovered from the virus.
The group of medical experts, which provides advice to the government, says much more study is needed into the effects of what is called “Long COVID.”
Their latest report says treating these people will increase the long-term burden on our health care system, so it must be prepared to cope.