vaccines

With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)

Babies born in COVID lockdown facing new health risk post-pandemic

‘Babies who were kept away from others are likely less protected from viruses such as the common cold’

  • Jul 26, 2021
With lockdowns and social distancing, babies in B.C. have had less exposure to viruses, germs and bacteria from others. (PeakPx)
Gagandeep Grewal, front right, and his wife Harpreet Grewal, left, each receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Will B.C. see a 4th wave? Researcher says it’s a battle of vaccines versus the variants

Sarah Otto recommends that even fully vaccinated individuals wear masks in crowded indoor areas

Gagandeep Grewal, front right, and his wife Harpreet Grewal, left, each receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Visitors now need a special COVID pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theatres. (Black Press Media files)

France requires COVID pass for Eiffel Tower, tourist venues

People must show they are either fully vaccinated or have a negative virus test

Visitors now need a special COVID pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theatres. (Black Press Media files)
A worker waits for arrivals at the COVID-19 testing centre in Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canadians say vaccination proof must be required of all travellers: poll

58% of respondents to an online survey say travellers should be required to show a document provinf they are immunized

A worker waits for arrivals at the COVID-19 testing centre in Terminal 3 at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Neighbors stand on a roof in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

First vaccinations given in Haiti since start of pandemic

Health care workers and senior citizens were the first people vaccinated on Friday

Neighbors stand on a roof in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
People leave the airport after arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Monday, March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Vaccinated visitors from U.S. unlikely to spread virus in Canada: expert

As of Friday, 48% of Americans were fully vaccinated against COVID-19

People leave the airport after arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Monday, March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccination, Maple Ridge, March 26, 2021 (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)

Half of eligible B.C residents fully vaccinated, 45 new COVID-19 cases reported

No new deaths were reported as a result of the disease

COVID-19 vaccination, Maple Ridge, March 26, 2021 (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)
Justin Trudeau listens as Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, Vice President of Vaccine Logistics and Operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, is seen via videoconference on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada pivoting vaccine plan as supplies begin to outstrip demand: Brodie

In the coming weeks, there will be enough doses to vaccinate every eligible citizen

Justin Trudeau listens as Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie, Vice President of Vaccine Logistics and Operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, is seen via videoconference on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to his seat at the start of the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada aiming to allow vaccinated Americans into country by mid-August: PM

Fully vaccinated travellers from around the world could begin arriving by early September

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to his seat at the start of the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health COVID-19 case count highest in B.C.

Wednesday marked fourth straight day that the region’s numbers were the highest

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Black Canadians more likely to be hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines, survey suggests

60% of Black Canadians surveyed who didn’t have at least 1 dose expressed some level of hesitancy to get vaccinated

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EXPLAINER: Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?

The World Health Organization said there is not enough evidence to show that third doses are needed

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Toronto board of trade calls for vaccine passports for non-essential activities

CEO says it’s a personal decision to get vaccinated, but major events and indoor dining are different

People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal

AstraZeneca produced in Europe is approved, but not India-produced doses

FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)
France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

French rush to get COVID vaccines after president warns of new rules for unvaccinated

Passes will be needed starting in August to enter restaurants, shopping malls, to get on trains and planes

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

WHO: Rich countries should donate COVID vaccines, not use boosters

WHO director-general said the world’s grotesque vaccine disparity was driven by ‘greed’

FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney rides in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants Canada to reopen to fully vaccinated visitors

Canada recently got rid of its 14-day quarantine rule for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney rides in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, laughs as he is handed an oversized spatula whole flipping pancakes at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

VIDEO: Alberta premier says province will not bring in COVID-19 vaccine passports

Quebec and Manitoba have moved towards vaccine passports for the fully immunized

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, laughs as he is handed an oversized spatula whole flipping pancakes at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to donate 17.7M doses of AstraZeneca and raise money for global vaccination

Canada is on track to receive 68 million doses by the end of July, which would be enough for most Canadians

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada to reach 55M vaccine doses by week’s end, catching up to U.S. on second doses

Federal government promised that it would reach 68 million shots delivered by the end of July

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette