A longer gap between doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine leads to higher overall antibody levels than a shorter gap, a British study found on Friday, but there is a sharp drop in antibody levels after the first dose. The study might help inform vaccination strategies against the Delta variant, which reduces the effectiveness of a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine even though two doses are still protective.
In Canada, health care workers were among the first to get access to COVID-19 vaccines in order to protect them and patients from infection and prevent hospitals and long-term care homes from being overwhelmed by outbreaks. "It's extremely important that we have those who are caring for our most vulnerable with direct, hands-on care be fully vaccinated. There should be no ifs, ands, or buts to that," says Dr. Nathan Stall, a geriatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
In Ontario, people have access to a health care system that is qualified by the local government as “one of the best in the world”. It offers Ontarians a diversity of publicly funded health care services in their own communities across the province that include visits to family doctors, specialists, basic health care services, emergencies, surgeries, and hospital stays. In this informative article, we talk about the top health care services in Ontario and how people can access them.
Like any other industry, Healthcare is in a constant evolution process, innovating and adapting to changes in society and historic events, as time goes by. For instance, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous advancements in urgent care, viral infection management, and vaccine development. In this article, we look at the latest healthcare trends and innovations in Canada and around the world.
A growing number of countries are making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for health care workers. France and Greece are two of the latest European countries to bring in rules that will ensure all health and long-term care workers are vaccinated, or otherwise face penalties. There are now growing calls from health experts for similar mandates in Ontario.
Ontario is lifting mandatory COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated caregivers, staff, and visitors at long-term care homes, even as some facilities continue to battle outbreaks of the virus. The new policy will take effect this Friday, July 16, the same day the province will lift public health restrictions on other sectors as it moves to the third phase of its reopening plan.