Canada’s public health agency to provide update on COVID-19 vaccines – National |

The Public Health Canada Agency of Canada will provide an update on COVID-19 vaccines Friday.

Starting with a briefing at 11 a.m. ET and followed by an announcement at 12:30 p.m. ET, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, will highlight the importance of the vaccine alongside other Canadian government health officials, according to an Oct. 6 media advisory.

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Provinces and territories are currently rolling out bivalent booster shots designed to target more transmissible strains of COVID-19, including the dominant Omicron BA.1 subvariant.

Last week, travel restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask mandates, came to an end as the last remaining border measure officially ceased to be in effect.

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Travellers to Canada are no longer required to show proof of vaccination.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and said “it’s a good reminder that workers need access to paid sick days so we can keep taking care of each other and our health-care system.”

As of Oct. 1, there were 4,945 people hospitalized in Canada with COVID-19, with 298 in the ICU.

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