June 12 2021 COVID-19 report

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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the whole community – including nurses and other health professionals – in Ontario, Canada and internationally. We thank RNs, RPN/LPNs, and NPs – RNAO members and non-members – who have already responded to this international survey. If you have not yet done so, please consider the impact it will have. The aim of this survey is to find out how nurses are feeling about their work, and how they have been impacted by COVID-19, across a comparison of 150 countries. It will allow RNAO and the international community to learn what we have in common, and what is different, in terms of nurses’ wellbeing and the crisis in nursing human resources.

AstraZeneca second dose: Should I get the same vaccine or choose Pfizer or Moderna?

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Ontarians have received about 900,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, mostly as a first dose. These Ontarians now have the choice of getting a second dose of the AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine. The following article, addressing the question of which one they should choose, is from Alexander Wong, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Saskatchewan.

RNAO’s continuing media profile: The May report

RNAO continues to be active in the media to keep nurses, other health providers and the public informed of our views and advise during these challenging times. This month, we spoke out on many important issues, including long-term care (LTC), vaccinations, nurse burnout and the measures required to bring an end to the pandemic.

RNAO supports Premier Ford's announcement on schools as risk is too high

RNAO is keenly aware of the importance of schools for the mental, social and physical health of children, as well as for their academic development. The pandemic has been very hard for everyone and in particular for young students and their parents. However, the risk of reopening schools for the remaining three weeks of the academic year is too high.

June 5 2021 COVID-19 report

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RNAO is keenly aware of the importance of schools for the mental, social and physical health of children, as well as for their academic development. The pandemic has been very hard for everyone and in particular for young students and their parents. However, the risk of reopening schools for the remaining three weeks of the academic year is too high. Thus, RNAO fully supports Premier Doug Ford's June 2 decision to delay the reopening of schools for in-person classes until September.