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Children wearing masks sit behind screened-in cubicles in their classroom at a Toronto school during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

3 reasons for making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for children

Full population-level protection against COVID-19 will require most adolescents and children to be vaccinated. There are ethical arguments for encouraging vaccination uptake through vaccine mandates.
Vanquishing the enemy? People stand in a quick moving line up at a mass vaccination centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Confusing AstraZeneca warfare messaging: Destroy the COVID-19 enemy fast, but wait

Public officials are telling us simultaneously to move swiftly on vaccination and also to make thoughtful, reasoned choices about which vaccine we get. These messages are confusing and frustrating.
In Belgrade, Serbia, residents and visitors queue to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus (March 28, 2021). Oliver Bunic/AFP

Small countries and Covid-19 vaccination: the example of Serbia

While Serbia’s Covid-19 infection rate continues to be worrisome, the country has shown the ability to vaccinate a higher proportion of its population than EU nations.
See, no crying or big needles, just a person of colour showing off his plaster. This image does the job without scaring people and demonstrates diversity. from www.shutterstock.com

Pictures of COVID injections can scare the pants off people with needle phobias. Use these instead

Our well-meaning efforts to use images to help demystify the vaccination process or share our pride in getting a COVID vaccine can backfire.
Even though people are ready to venture out and socialize, many are fearful. And some also remember those who lost their lives and want to be careful in their memory. RealPeopleGroup/Getty Images

Anxious about going out into the world? You’re not alone, but there’s help

As more people become vaccinated, many of them are eager to resume their social lives. And yet, many are fearful, and some may not want to return to life as they previously experienced it.
A healthcare worker administers an Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to her colleague at Mutuini Hospital in Nairobi. Kenya on March 3, 2021. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has got off to a slow start: the gaps, and how to fix them

Kenya grapples with two major challenges in the vaccination rollout: access to sufficient doses in light of the global shortage; and vaccine hesitancy.
Is there a level playing field for all nations expected to attend the Games when it comes to vaccinations? (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead without a level playing field for COVID-19 vaccines?

Still in the midst of a global pandemic, the International Olympic Committee’s dream of hosting the Tokyo Games in a “post-corona world” is not possible. But should the Games go ahead at all?
Indigenous people face enough health challenges and burdens that we do not need to excavate the past to embellish real concerns of the present. (Ornge Media)

Contrary to sensational reporting, Indigenous people aren’t scared of a COVID-19 vaccine

The media reporting on Indigenous vaccine hesitancy is as sensational as it is incorrect. Indigenous people, for the most part, are not more vaccine hesitant than non-Indigenous Canadians.
A new study says African Americans with dementia carry a higher risk for COVID-19 than whites with dementia. kate_sept2004/Getty Images

Dementia patients are at greater risk for COVID-19, particularly African Americans and people with vascular dementia

Because dementia patients are more likely to acquire COVID-19, and because so many live in close-quarter facilities – like nursing homes – it’s critical to vaccinate them as quickly as possible.

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