The COVID-19 Brief: U.S.-Canada borders have officially reopened; are you eligible for a booster shot?

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November 08, 2021
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The outbreak by the numbers (as of 1:00 p.m. EST Monday, November 8, 2021):
  • Canada: 1,732,132 cases | 24,125 active | 29,162 deceased
  • Globally: 250,082,536 cases | 5,053,375 deceased
Vaccinations by the numbers (as of 1:00 p.m. EST Monday, November 8, 2021)
  • Total vaccine distribution as of November 4, 2021: 65,452,108
Map shows percentage of eligible population (12+) vaccinated with at least one dose; percentages table below are for total population.    

Eligible population (12+) in Canada: 89.27% first dose | 85.11% fully vaccinated


  • World: 7,283,559,598 doses given | 51.02% first dose | 39.7% fully vaccinated
  • Canada: 78.1% have received at least one dose  | 74.46% fully vaccinated
  • British Columbia: 80.2% at least one dose  |  76.2% fully vaccinated
  • Alberta: 74.3% at least one dose  |  68.8% fully vaccinated
  • Saskatchewan: 74.3% at least one dose  |  68.6% fully vaccinated
  • Manitoba: 78.9% at least one dose  |  72.8% fully vaccinated
  • Ontario: 77.6% at least one dose  | 74.6% fully vaccinated
  • Quebec: 79.4% at least one dose  |  76.2% fully vaccinated
  • New Brunswick: 81.9% at least one dose  |  75.8% fully vaccinated
  • Nova Scotia: 81.9% at least one dose  | 77.5% fully vaccinated
  • Prince Edward Island: 84.1% at least one dose  |  78.5% fully vaccinated
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 86.9% one dose  |  80.9% fully vaccinated
  • Yukon: 79.7% at least one dose  |  77% fully vaccinated
  • Northwest Territories: 81.9% at least one dose  |  77.7% fully vaccinated
  • Nunavut: 67.1% at least one dose  | 59% fully vaccinated
* Percentages have been adjusted to reflect updated population figures and third doses in some provinces
 

 
Here's what's been happening in Canada

U.S.-Canada borders reopen. For the first time since March 2020, fully vaccinated Canadians are now able to cross U.S. land and sea borders for non-essential travel. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re crossing the land border, or travelling by plane, train or ship. While a negative COVID-19 test won’t be required to enter the U.S., it will be for anyone travelling into Canada, at least for now. My advice? Plan ahead – travellers heading into the U.S. experienced wait times of up to three hours in some areas today.
More Canadians eligible for booster shots. While third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t currently recommended for most Canadians, booster shots continue to be made available to more people. Starting today in Alberta, residents aged 70 and older will be able to get their third dose, as will First Nations, Metis and Inuit residents 18 years and up. In Ontario, eligibility was expanded over the weekend to include similar groups, as well as health-care workers, essential caregivers in group settings, and anyone who has received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or one dose of Janssen.
COVID-19 snapshot. The total number of cases in Canada continues to trend downwards, but rising numbers in a handful of provinces show we’re not in the clear yet. Case numbers in B.C. continue to drop as the province reaches its lowest daily average since mid-August. The number of cases in Saskatchewan are also on the downtrend following a surge in cases and deaths around the middle of October. Meanwhile, residents of Manitoba recently saw the province’s largest daily case count since June, with 154 new infections on Nov. 4. Numbers are also climbing slowly but surely in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Yukon.
 
Although Ontario has been doing well at keeping its fourth wave flat so far, cases in the province are now on the rise. This past weekend marked the first time in nearly a month that residents saw a daily case count of more than 600. For a closer, visual look at how the provinces and territories are doing, check out our interactive COVID-19 tracking map and see how we rank against the U.S.

The latest headlines...


In vaccines and COVID-19 therapeutics. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available to Canadians. The Janssen vaccine – the only single-shot option in Canada – was authorized for use in adults back in March of this year, but Canada had no usable doses to distribute at the time. A quality control issue with a batch of doses that arrived in April also prevented distribution. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Teresa Tam says Canadians can expect the doses to arrive in the coming days. In research, reports, and data. New research from Pfizer Inc. shows its antiviral COVID-19 pill reduced rates of hospitalization and death by almost 90 per cent in high-risk adults. The study involved 775 people, all of whom were unvaccinated and had mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Less than one per cent of patients were hospitalized and no one died. This news comes as drugmakers race to bring the first easy-to-use medication for COVID-19 to the market. Competitor Merck's COVID-19 pill is already under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.K. recently became the first country to give it the green light. Around the world. After the World Health Organization expressed its concern over climbing case rates in Europe and Central Asia, countries such as Germany and Russia continue to see their numbers rise. Germany’s COVID-19 infection rate rose to 201.1 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days. This is the country’s highest recorded level yet. Meanwhile, Russia recorded 1,190 deaths today alone. Both countries face slowing vaccination rates, with 66 per cent and 32 per cent of their respective eligible populations vaccinated. Your questions answered

The past two years or so have been all about physical distancing, masking up, and reducing our chances of contracting COVID-19. For many of us, this has meant avoiding the use of public washrooms, flush with germs. But there’s little one can do when nature calls. So, have you ever wondered what your chances are of contracting COVID-19 in a public washroom? Turns out they’re not that high, experts say. As long as you keep a few key practices in mind, the risk of contracting COVID-19 should be fairly low, especially if the washroom is well maintained.  Do you have a COVID-19 question you’d like us to answer? Let us know here.

One last thing...

It’s no secret that the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the lives of Canadians across the country. For many, this has resulted in them quitting their jobs. A recent survey shows that 35 per cent of Canadians are either considering or unsure about leaving their current job, and of those who did quit during the pandemic, almost 20 per cent claimed it was due to stress.
 
CTVNews.ca heard from residents across the country who decided to quit their jobs and start anew. Whether it was poor working conditions, disagreements with management or the added stress and burnout of a new COVID-19 environment, many were in search of change. Here are just a few of their stories:
 
"The growing demands on health-care workers was worsened when COVID hit, and created a working environment that was not conducive to good mental or physical health," said Carolyn Young, a former personal support worker, in an email. “I went on unemployment and began my job search, which took six months for me to find other employment. I was eventually hired on permanently at Canada Post as a postal clerk and couldn't be happier! The pandemic certainly had an effect on my working life."
 
“It was impossible to develop a sense of community…and, obviously, most activities where you could meet new people were shut down. I found myself spending most of my social time on Zoom or FaceTime with friends in Ontario and my mental health was significantly deteriorating,” Roxanne Beaubien wrote in an email, sharing her experience with starting a new job while working from home. "I learned that London, Ont. is where my people are and that, COVID or no COVID, that is more important than anything else."

I hope you enjoyed this Monday edition of our newsletter. Keep an eye out for the next one on Thursday.

Thank you as always for reading,
Jennifer Ferreira, CTVNews.ca writer


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