On Monday, the Ontario government will be lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the changes is that mandatory vaccination and testing policies will no longer be required in schools, long-term care homes, and hospitals. This decision comes as the province reports228 people in intensive care with COVID-19 and 12,256 fatalities.
The Ontario government has been gradually easing restrictions over the past few weeks as the number of new cases and hospitalizations has decreased. Other changes that will be taking effect on Monday include the reopening of retail stores and outdoor dining at restaurants. The government is also encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and is urging those who are eligible to get their shots as soon as possible.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Ontario, the province’s medical officer of health is warning that the actual number of new cases is likely ten times higher than what is being reported. This is due to the limited PCR testing available. The 111 patients in ICU who require a ventilator to breathe is also cause for concern.
As the province prepares for a possible second wave of the virus, everyone is urged to take precautions and limit their social interactions as much as possible. Wearing a face mask, washing hands regularly, and maintaining physical distancing are all important measures that can help to prevent the spread of the virus. With winter approaching, it is more important than ever to be vigilant in order to protect our health and communities.
Ninety-two point seven percent of Ontarians aged twelve and older have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine as of June first, while ninety point eight percent have received two doses. This leaves a small percentage of the population unvaccinated and susceptible to the virus.
The provincial government is urging those who have not yet been vaccinated to get their shots as soon as possible. Currently, there are plenty of appointment times available at vaccination clinics across the province. In addition, the government has announced that it will be launching a series of mobile clinics in order to reach Ontarians who may not be able to make it to a fixed clinic. With the majority of the population vaccinated, Ontario is well on its way to reaching herd immunity. However, it is important that everyone does their part in order to protect those who are unable to receive the vaccine.
Fake vaccination cards leading to identity theft
Before the arrival of the vaccine for COVID-19, the situation was different. The chances of getting the disease were much higher and people were more worried about contracting it. However, now that there is a vaccine available, the situation has changed. Some people are taking advantage of this by selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. These cards can be used to get into places that require proof of vaccination, such as schools or workplaces. While the cards may seem harmless, they can actually be quite dangerous. If someone uses a fake card and contracts COVID-19, they could spread the disease to others. Selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is a serious offense, and those caught doing so can face up to one year in prison.
If you lost your vaccination card, you can ask the health care provider for another one. In reference to the fake vaccination cards, the Federal Trade Commission offered advice. The best way to get proof that you are vaccinated is by taking the shots of the vaccine. If you lose your vaccination card, you will get another card from the health department.