Vaxx Populi

Dr. Janice Fitgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health receives a high-five from 11 year old Keira O'Keefe following administering her a COVID-19 vaccine in St. John's N.L., today, Thursday, November 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly

How did Newfoundland manage to vaccinate 75 per cent of 5-11-year-olds?

Clear communication, speedy mobilization and a culture of vaccine acceptance has helped the province get first doses to more kids than any province or territory
A doctor wears goggles and an N95 mask during a drive through COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Kingston, Ont., Dec. 18, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

It’s time to switch to an N95 mask in the battle against Omicron

It’s easier for the virus to move through surgical or cloth masks, experts say, while respirators filter tiny aerosols
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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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Omicron versus booster shots: The high-stakes race in Canada is on

Most provinces off to a painfully slow start giving third doses of the vaccine, and one expert warns that new variant will make things ’pretty ugly’
Rapid response COVID-19 antigen test devices pictured in Kingston, Ont. on Dec. 10, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

With the Omicron variant on the rise, should you attend your work Christmas party?

Vaxx Populi: Even if you’re double-vaxxed and you take a rapid test before arriving, the odds may not be in your favour
A security man stands guard outside a ward being prepared for the omicron coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 6, 2021. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

Omicron variant will likely be worse than Delta, according to early research

Vaxx Populi: Omicron has a higher effective reproduction number than Delta, so can vaccines protect against more hospitalizations and deaths? Time will tell.
Families watch planes on the tarmac at Johannesburg's OR Tambo's airport, Nov. 29, 2021. WHO urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new Omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Omicron: Here’s what we know so far about the latest variant of concern

Vaxx Populi: From how vulnerable Canada is to what the vaccine makers are doing in response, here’s what we know about the newest variant of concern
A pupil takes a Corona antigen rapid test in Cologne, Germany on Apr. 9, 2021. (Marius Becker/ AP)

What to do as we walk into the pandemic’s fifth wave

Vaxx Populi: If the worsening situation in Europe is foreshadowing what’s to come, get ready, Canada
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The roadblock to full pandemic recovery: ’Pockets’ of unvaccinated Canadians

Vaxx Populi: Reaching tracts of unjabbed rural residents is one of the last key steps toward a pre-COVID normal. But are they willing to get their shots?
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Will this flu season be worse than usual?

Vaxx Populi: In 2020-21, Canada saw just 69 confirmed cases of influenza. Some experts worry we may have lower immunity to the flu, after nearly two years of social distancing.