Omicron edition: Uncertainty, uncertainty, uncertainty

What do we know about the Omicron variant of concern? The following is a 28 November article by Zeynep Tufekci that appeared in her blog Insight. She is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an affiliate appointment at the Department of Sociology.

November 28 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to my Sunday, November 28 blog. This week we share: (1) a note to Premier Doug Ford calling to repeal Bill 124; (2) the nursing staffing crisis that is killing people in the UK; (3) what we know about the new Omicron variant; and (4) seeking nominations for the best in nursing – the 2022 Nursing Now Ontario Awards. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as several RNAO webinars this week.

Rich countries only shared 14% of COVID-19 vaccine doses promised to poorer nations

The rate of vaccination in the poorest countries remains dismal, and rich countries such as Canada continue to fail in their promises to help. The following is an October 22 CBC Radio article. The original article can be found here. It was written by Mehek Mazhar. Interview with Brittany Lambert produced by Katie Geleff.

November 21 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to my Sunday, November 21 blog. This week we share: (1) nurses gather in Toronto to rally – a recap of the #RepealBill124 rally; (2) an infectious disease doctor explains why we should not hesitate to vaccinate children who are 5 and older; and (3) vaccine injustice: rich countries only shared 14% of COVID-19 vaccine doses promised to poorer nations. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as six RNAO webinars this week!

November 14 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to our Sunday, November 14 report. This week we share: (1) Join us at the rally to repeal Bill 124 on Sunday, November 14 at noon; (2) Ontario nurses discuss the crisis in the profession during RNAO’s Fall Tour, which builds on (3) RNAO’s just released political action bulletin on Ontario’s RN understaffing crisis: Impact and solution; and (4) nurses celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week and call for scope expansion to improve access for Ontarians. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as RNAO’s upcoming webinars.

RNAO’s continuing media profile: The October 2021 report

Throughout the month of October, RNAO continued to speak to the media about the impact COVID-19 is having on nurses and other health-care workers. Specifically, we spoke about the vaccine mandate for long-term care (LTC) workers and the urgent need to extend it to all health-care workers across all health sectors, the Ontario government’s worrisome reopening plan, and our urgent call to repeal Bill 124. Below is a summary of themes and examples of our extensive media exposure in October.

November 6 2021 COVID-19 report

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Welcome to our Saturday, November 6 report. This week we share: (1) Join us at the rally for climate emergency action today, Saturday Nov. 6, at 1:00 pm; (2) Join us at the rally to repeal Bill 124 on Sunday, November 14; (3) RNAO’s disappointment with Premier Ford’s decision not to mandate vaccination for all health-care workers; (4) Ontario’s economic statement signals government’s concerns with nursing human resources; and (5) RNAO’s October media report. Scroll down for policy updates and action alerts, as well as RNAO’s upcoming webinars.