ZOOMER SQUAD: ANOTHER WEEK AND STILL NO MANDATE ON VACCINATING HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Bob Komsic is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. He is joined by the Zoomer Squad’s David Cravit, Vice President of Zoomer Media and Chief Membership Officer at CARP, alongside Bill VanGorder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Policy Officer of CARP.
Another week and still no move by the Ford government to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination of all healthcare workers. And, then there’s the issue of privacy: healthcare workers like doctors and nurses aren’t required to be transparent about whether or not they’ve been vaccinated due to Ontario privacy laws. It’s a reality that’s been leaving medical patients, especially those who are immunocomprimised, feeling vulnerable and unsafe. And, since most of us are enjoying the long-weekend, we lighten up the conversation by asking our Zoomer Squad and listeners: how have you been making the most out of your downtime?
CFIB REACTION TO PROVINCE’S ECONOMIC REOPENING PLAN
Bob Komsic is joined by Jasmin Guénette, VP of national affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to get reaction to the province’s economic reopening plan and the desire to keep businesses open amid COVID-19.
A FOURTH COVID-19 WAVE IN ONTARIO?
Bob Komsic is joined by Jusitn Bates, CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and Dr. Timothy Sly, an epidemiologist and professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University.
Justin explains that thousands of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses are set to expire in early August. The concern, of course, is that they will go to waste if Ontarians don’t get their shots. Justin attributes the slow-down in vaccination rates and the public’s general preference for Pfizer-BioNTech as making it even more difficult for pharmacists to use up their available supply of Moderna.
Canada could be faced with a fourth COVID-19 wave amid the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant among other factors. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, is calling for vaccination rates among all age groups to reach above 80-percent. She also said that we need to be cautious in our approach to easing restrictions and public health measures and to be vigilant about resurgences in COVID-19 cases.