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Saskatchewan asks other provinces if they can spare ICU workers amid COVID crisis

Saskatchewan asks other provinces if they can spare ICU workers amid COVID crisis

REGINA — Saskatchewan is asking other provinces if they could send health-care workers, in case help is needed in its overwhelmed intensive care units in the coming days.
US: States can order COVID shots for younger kids next week

US: States can order COVID shots for younger kids next week

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized.
Canada heading for flu season in the middle of fourth wave of COVID-19

Canada heading for flu season in the middle of fourth wave of COVID-19

OTTAWA — The country could be heading for its first typical flu season since the pandemic began, even as health systems are still battling the fourth wave of COVID-19, Canada's top doctor warns.
Ford asks health-care organizations for input on potential hospital vaccine mandate

Ford asks health-care organizations for input on potential hospital vaccine mandate

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford is asking hospital CEOs, local medical officers of health and other health-care organizations for input on implementing vaccine mandates for staff at hospitals.
Ontarians can download new enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes this week

Ontarians can download new enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes this week

TORONTO — Ontarians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can start downloading new QR codes this week, which officials say will allow for faster entry into settings that require proof of vaccination.
Two B.C. women file constitutional challenge of vaccine card

Two B.C. women file constitutional challenge of vaccine card

VANCOUVER — Two British Columbia women who say doctors advised them against getting COVID-19 vaccines have filed a constitutional challenge of the province's vaccine passport. A petition filed in B.C.
Yukon announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for a wide range of workers

Yukon announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for a wide range of workers

WHITEHORSE — Yukon Premier Sandy Silver says the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for a wide range of workers in the territory starting Nov. 30.
The Latest: Court rejects challenge to Maine shot mandate

The Latest: Court rejects challenge to Maine shot mandate

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. The rule, announced by Democratic Gov.
FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren’t as protected as those given two-dose brands.
Public sector workers in N.L. must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 17

Public sector workers in N.L. must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 17

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will require all public sector workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-December or risk being suspended without pay.