COVID-19 vaccines

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Experts are hopeful the Omicron wave will be short, but fear for health care capacity continues

Case counts are soaring and hospitalizations are rising. But things are very different now than they were in March 2020.
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Why I got the COVID vaccine during my pregnancy

Sarah Boesveld: The alternative—gambling that you won’t catch COVID for those nine months—just seems much more terrifying to me
DesRosiers (centre) and their children, Aiden (left), 13, and Easton, 11, in Kitchener, Ont. (Photograph by Brett Gundlock)

Changing the minds of the vaccine hesitant requires actually listening to them

To reach herd immunity, we need up to 90 per cent of the population to get shots in arms. That means helping a critical minority feel confident about getting the vaccine.
Niagara paramedic Mark Thomas vaccinates Raimud Sujer. The Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre in St. Catharines has been converted from a hockey arena to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Niagara area residents. Recipients are encouraged to leave a message about what getting the vaccine means to them. (Photograph by Carlos Osorio)

Sticky notes of gratitude festoon a COVID-19 vaccination clinic

The notes cover three-quarters of the arena glass, creating a rainbow of hope
Kaplan-Myrth uses chalk to designate a waiting area outside her medical clinic in Ottawa (Photograph by Justin Tang)

This Ottawa family doctor’s pop-up vaccination clinic delivered 220 shots in a day

The guerrilla vaccination blitz—nicknamed ’Jabapalooza’—was physician Nili Kaplan-Myrth’s answer to the chaotic appointment process in Ontario and what she sees as the baffling underuse of family doctors
Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist in Toronto, on April 19, 2021. (CP/Nathan Denette)

What new COVID vaccine modelling says about when Canada might lift restrictions

Vaxx Populi: We need 75 per cent of adults to have a first dose and 20 to have a second. How soon might we get there?
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

Dr. Lawrence Loh on ordering stricter measures in Peel region

The medical officer of health for Ontario’s hardest-hit region talks about his willingness to step ahead of provincial requirements in the fight against COVID-19
Joey the otter. (Photograph by Felicia Chang)

Vaccine hangover? Here are stories to read during recovery

There have been some reports of post-vaccination symptoms like headaches, fatigue and aches. Here are some Maclean’s reads to distract you from your temporary blight.
From his basement, Elia called each of his 172 patients who were eligible for the vaccine (Photograph by Brett Gundlock)

This family doctor personally called every 80-plus patient to notify them of vaccine eligibility

The London, Ont. physician printed out the list of 172 eligible patients and just started dialling. His work contains lessons for Canada’s wider vaccine effort.
Daily case counts per million population for Canada, U.S.A. and U.K.

Canada is likely to exceed the U.S. infection rate in the coming days

The assumption that we would fare better than our neighbours to the south held true through much of the pandemic’s first year. Not anymore.