Vaccine allergy? Experts say most past reactions not valid reason for exemptions
News/Canada/Hamilton: Allergists across the country have safely inoculated most patients who come into their clinics, regardless of allergy history, says an Ontario doctor who's noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments after the government began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month.
Quebec nurses refuse mandatory overtime this weekend as pandemic adds to pressure
News/Canada/Montreal: Quebec's largest nurses' union says more than 30,000 of its members across the province are refusing mandatory overtime this weekend. The union says it formally notified provincial and regional health authorities on Friday.
FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster with 2-month gap for ages 18 and up
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee on Friday endorsed an emergency authorization for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster when administered at least two months after the initial dose among people ages 18 years and older.
No safe injection site, homeless shelters force those in need in Dryden, Ont., to help each other
News/Canada/Thunder Bay: There's a great divide in Dryden, Ontario's smallest city: People needing immediate help for addictions and homelessness are being told it'll take time to put evidence-based solutions like safe consumption sites in place. But for individuals like Shauna Pinkerton, time isn't on their side.
CDC: Record high drug overdose deaths in US at over 96,000 in 12-month period
U.S. drug overdose deaths exceeded 96,000 in the 12 months leading to March 2021, amid a national decline of opioid prescriptions over the past ten years, according to provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Premier Ford reveals details of Ontario's QR code COVID-19 vaccine certificates
News/Canada/Toronto: Ontario is making COVID-19 vaccine certificate QR codes available for download beginning over the next three days, starting Friday morning with those born between January and April before expanding to more residents.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: Romanian doctors sent an open letter Wednesday titled "a cry of despair" as the country's overwhelmed and deteriorated health-care system copes with a record-setting surge of coronavirus infections and deaths.
What we know about kids and COVID-19 vaccines
Radio/White Coat, Black Art: With the possibility of COVID-19 vaccination getting closer for children ages five to 11, pediatricians say they're getting questions from parents about how safe and necessary they are, and are ready to discuss any concerns with compassion.