Hospital's friendly huddles persuade more staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations
Radio/White Coat, Black Art: Dr. Adina Weinerman is on a mission to get her fellow health-care workers at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Hospital vaccinated against COVID-19. The idea behind her work is that while vaccine mandates by themselves can generate angry compliance, some friendly persuasion can change minds.
Canada needs to make a tough call on boosters as a new variant emerges
News/Health: With the emergence of the omicron variant, the holidays rapidly approaching and COVID-19 case levels still elevated in much of the country, should Canada wait for more proof of waning immunity before expanding eligibility of boosters?
Merck's COVID-19 pill is effective, U.S. regulators say
News/Health: U.S. federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy.
Liberals introduce bill to provide sick pay, ban intimidation of patients and health-care workers
News/Politics: The Liberal government has introduced legislation to provide workers in federally regulated sectors with 10 days of sick pay — while also making it an offence to intimidate or prevent patients from seeking care, or to interfere with health professionals trying to deliver it.
What we know about the new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa
News/Health: As scientists race to find out more about a coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, here's what we know about where and when it was identified, why it is causing concern and what countries have done in response.
What experts predict the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine will do for national vaccination rates
News/Health: As kids aged five to 11 are being offered the vaccine across the country, doctors weigh in on what this age group can do for national vaccination rates and how this could bring us back to more normal times.
'Stick with us,' health minister urges, as number of empty nursing positions passes 1,300 in Winnipeg
News/Canada/Manitoba: Health Minister Audrey Gordon acknowledged nurses are feeling "COVID fatigue," as the health-care system remains strained by the pandemic. "Individuals are looking at other opportunities, but what we are saying to them is stick with us."