By 1980, all U.S. states required immunization for school attendance. Ontario followed suit in 1982.
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The effects of Ontario’s compulsory school immunization show there are advantages and disadvantages of requiring vaccination.
Measures to combat COVID-19 have affected sexual and reproductive health care around the globe, including maternal and newborn care, birth control and access to abortion.
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The exceptional measures deployed around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic have impeded access to urgent services like birth control, abortion and maternal and newborn care.
We are living in two COVID worlds - the world of a plan which promise an 80% vaccination rate, and the world of the third wave, writes Michelle Grattan.
As people are fully vaccinated, pre-pandemic travel patterns are slowly returning.
As global travel resumes, now is the perfect time to establish new conversations for what ethical travel might look like.
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Hand washing isn’t just ‘hygiene theatre’.
20-39 year olds are ‘peak spreaders’. If we vaccinate them, it reduces the risk for all of us.
Cash incentives are likely to be effective for people who are willing to get vaccinated, but haven’t done so yet. Freedom incentives could shift those who are unsure or unwilling.
The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that our communities must be self-sustaining rather than reliant on volatile global value chains. Co-operatives bring resiliency self-determination to local economies.
The co-operative business model needs to be seriously considered and nurtured as a viable response to closing companies and lost jobs as a result of the pandemic.
For many people, park and playground closures during COVID-19 meant having even fewer exercise options.
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Socio-economic factors are major barriers to physical activity. New research suggests this is one more reason why disadvantaged people were at increased risk for COVID-19.
The government is set to tweak its vaccination timetable to accelerate jabs for those aged 30 to 39, after modelling showing it is vital to get younger adults quickly vaccinated, because they are high COVID transmitters.
People line up outside the University of Toronto Mississauga campus for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., in May.
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Mandating vaccines risks turning a highly effective public health intervention into a contentious battleground — but it also may save lives.
4 out of 5 experts said yes.
Recovering from COVID and then getting vaccinated, known as hybrid immunity, is more potent than being infected or vaccinated alone.
Seven in ten people over 16 will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID restrictions to begin to be eased, under targets agreed in principle by national cabinet on Friday.
The evidence suggests antigen tests are most accurate when the viral load is highest and when a person is likely to be most infectious.
Fleeing Venezuelans arrive in the municipality of Pacaraima, in northern Brazil, in 2018.
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As high-income countries move into post-vaccination life with vaccination rates of over 80 doses per 100 people, only 1.1 per cent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose.
Cases of this variant – which has some potential to escape the effects of vaccines – have risen recently in France and Spain.
People receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto in June 2021.
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Vaccine hesitancy is declining in Canada but hasn’t disappeared. New research shows many of those initially less hesitant have since been convinced. With continued efforts, others can still be reached.
We may be witnessing the signs of COVID developing into an endemic disease in the UK.
Vaccines don’t ward off every single infection but they do massively lower the risk.
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Vaccines can’t provide 100% protection, so it’s not a failure or surprise when some vaccinated people get sick with COVID-19. The good news is their cases are much less likely to be severe or fatal.