Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ mobile clinic will be present at EACOM’s Nairn Centre sawmill to offer COVID-19 vaccination to employees, their families and contractors. The operation aims to facilitate access to the vaccine for those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend a regular vaccination clinic.
“Protecting our employees and the community has always been a priority for us. With all the COVID-19 related directives and preventive measures, our people have made many efforts and adjustments to their work environment to protect their colleagues, that offering them an easy access to vaccination was the logical next step to accelerate the return to a new normalcy” explains Éric Larouche, Vice-President of Human Resources at EACOM.
Earlier this year, EACOM Timber Corporation announced the rollout of an incentive program to thank employees and contractors who get vaccinated with the objective of reaching the 85 percent vaccination rate among the staff.
EACOM does all it can to encourage its employees and contractors, whether it’s a $350 bonus from the COVID-19 Vaccination Thank-You Program or welcoming mobile clinics.
The employees and contractors of the Nairn Centre sawmill were invited to express their interest to the Human Resources Department to provide enough doses. All measures are taken to ensure the security and confidentiality of employees and contractors. Photo provided by EACOM
Getting vaccinated before school starts
With six weeks to go before school resumes, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is urging young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Doctor Kieran Moore says there’s just enough time for students to be fully inoculated before classes begin after Labour Day.
More than 300-thousand children between the ages of 12 and 17 have yet to receive even one shot of vaccine and Moore warns that unvaccinated students and staff will be subject to tougher rules.
Those will include ten days in home isolation if they’re exposed to a COVID-19 case, and two negative tests seven days apart, before they’ll be allowed to return to class.
Closer to home, there is a walk-in clinic in Espanola today at Espanola High School, but be aware that you must have an appointment for your second dose.
The walk-in is open to 12 years of age and up.
Unvaccinated Ontarians will be counted
The province will soon be providing more frequent updates on how many new cases of COVID-19 are being found among unvaccinated Ontarians.
Doctor Moore says it’ll be complicated to split the information out but it’s important to know the benefits of getting inoculated especially with 1.8-million eligible Ontarians still needing their second shot.
Elsewhere in Canada, provincial authorities have reported that more than 90 percent of their new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, have been among those who aren’t yet vaccinated against the virus.
Delta variant sweeping the globe
The Delta variant of the coronavirus continues surging across the world.
South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand are reporting record numbers of new cases.
In Thailand, sleeper trains are being used to move COVID-19 patients to hospitals outside the capital of Bangkok, where hospitals have been overwhelmed.
In the United States, President Joe Biden says he’s considering a requirement that all federal employees be vaccinated against the virus, as the daily number of new cases continues to surge.
Reopening the border – possible strike
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he remains hopeful there won’t be any disruptions when our border is open to fully-vaccinated Americans on August 9th.
Trudeau says the government will continue to work with the union representing more than eight thousand border guards, which has threatened to strike as of August 6th.
The workers have been without a contract for more than three years, and talks broke down last December.
The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association says our country can’t afford another disruption in trade.