vaccines

FILE – 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

B.C. reports 742 new COVID cases, 1 death over August long weekend

A total of 81.4 per cent of people ages 12 and older have received their first dose

FILE – 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
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 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

Vaccinated? You’re 10x less likely to catch and transmit COVID-19, but risk remains

Independent modelling group says that asymptomatic spread makes contact tracing more difficult

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 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
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 federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to receive 2.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

As of Friday, 80.3 per cent of those eligible had received a first dose, while 63.7 per cent have received two

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 federal government is expecting to receive more than 2.3 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines this week, as a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections looms driven by the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
An Aldergrove letter writer has questions about B.C.’s push to vaccinate even people who have recovered from COVID. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Aldergrove man who recovered from COVID relies on natural immunity over vaccine

The provincial government is pushing vaccinations but not taking natural immunity into account

  • Aug 1, 2021
An Aldergrove letter writer has questions about B.C.’s push to vaccinate even people who have recovered from COVID. (Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press Media)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with people waiting for their shots while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Montreal. Trudeau is urging Canadians who still have not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine to roll up their sleeves, saying that the overwhelming majority of cases are in people who haven’t received their two shots.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Only 0.5 per cent of COVID-19 cases in fully vaccinated Canadians: Trudeau

Prime minister urges those who have yet to get their vaccinations to get them now

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with people waiting for their shots while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Montreal. Trudeau is urging Canadians who still have not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine to roll up their sleeves, saying that the overwhelming majority of cases are in people who haven’t received their two shots.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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
Fraser Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Aldergrove FreshCo from 12-4 p.m. (Fraser Health/Twitter)

TODAY: Fraser Health to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Aldergrove

Public invited to stop at Mobile Vaccine Bus on location at FreshCo

Fraser Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Aldergrove FreshCo from 12-4 p.m. (Fraser Health/Twitter)
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)
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)