Dec 02, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Canada’s health minister is acknowledging not all Canadian airports will have the ability to immediately begin fulfilling government orders to test arriving air travellers for COVID-19.

Jean-Yves Duclos says the rollout of new rules will depend on an airport’s capacity as Canada works to block any more cases of the Omicron variant from coming in to this country.

FILE PHOTO: Passengers wait to be tested after they arrive at Toronto’s Pearson airport after mandatory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

The Trudeau Liberals announced Tuesday that air passengers entering Canada from all countries except the U.S. must be tested upon arrival at the airport and then isolate until they get their results.

As the world waits to learn more about the Omicron variant, an expansion of Ontario’s COVID booster shot program is expected to soon be widened.

In fact, there is every indication an announcement will come from Ontario’s chief medical officer Thursday at 2pm on the eligibility expansion and will include all residents who are 50 and over.

Doctor Peter Juni is scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table and a regular guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer.

He says there is a concern around waning immunity, especially for those people 60 and over who got their second shot between June 1st and August 1st.

Doctor Juni points out that at the height of the vaccine rollout, about 200,000 people were getting shots every day, and now it’s important that all of these individuals are able to book their third shots as soon as they are eligible.

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