September 11 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to our Saturday, September 11 report during this nineteenth month of COVID-19 in Ontario. RNAO condems the acts of harassment against patients and health-care workers by protesters close to hospitals. In this update we focus on the federal elections. We share: (1) a call for nurses, families and friends to vote in the federal election; (2) an article evaluating the climate action plans of the federal parties; and (3) another article evaluating where they stand on a key health issue – gun control. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as RNAO’s upcoming webinars.

RNAO’s continuing media profile: The August 2021 report

RNAO‘s top priority in August was to urge the provincial government to mandate vaccination for health-care workers, teachers and education staff, as well as implement vaccine passports  for all eligible Ontarians. Our media activity reflects that purpose. The announcement of a vaccine certificate system on Sept. 1 demonstrates the power of speaking out.

September 4 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to our Saturday, September 4 report. Read our call to participate in the federal election. In this update we share: (1) RNAO’s media release in response to protests outside health organizations; (2) RNAO’s media release responding to the announcement of an Ontario vaccination certificate; and (3) our report on RNAO’s media presence during August. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as RNAO’s upcoming webinars.

MSF: Following full FDA approval, Pfizer-BioNTech must share COVID-19 vaccine technology to boost global supply

Earlier this week the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the US. The following is a media release from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) addressing the COVID-19 crisis in Africa and the devastating lack of vaccines.

Mandatory vaccination in process; vaccine certificates coming to Ontario

RNAO has led the call for mandatory vaccination of workers in health-care and education and has pushed for enacting vaccine certificates in the province. Mandatory vaccination is already under way in key sectors, but much work remains. We are calling on the Ontario government to make an announcement on vaccine certificates on Monday.

RNAO action

August 28 2021 COVID-19 report

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Dear Colleagues: Welcome to our Saturday, August 28 report during this nineteenth month of COVID-19 in Ontario. Take action on the federal election. In this update we share: (1) advancing mandatory vaccination for health-care and education in Ontario; vaccine certificates coming; (2) addressing the global pandemic by sharing the mRNA vaccine technology with manufacturers in low- and middle-income countries. See also our action alerts and upcoming events.

Calling on Canada to back WHO Moratorium on Booster Shots and Donate Vaccines

The following article is adapted from the website of the Global Strategy Lab (GSL), a joint initiative of York University and the University of Ottawa. It excerpts from an August 16 opinion article in the Toronto Star by GSL Research Fellow Dr. Roojin Habibi, GSL Director Dr. Steven Hoffman and University of Toronto Professor Dr. Lisa Forman.